In 2006, I volunteered to take photos for MaineToday.com’s Seen photoblog. I had always wanted to take photos of people and I thought this would be a vehicle to overcome my fear of photographing strangers. I was pretty terrified when I showed up in my high school stomping grounds to photograph a freestyle motocross show.
I arrived early, head swimming, palms sweating, eyes darting and … asked three guys if I could take their photo. By the end of the night, I had hundreds of photos of the crowd and riders. I was hooked.
I sometimes think about how amazing it felt, what a rush it was to take all those photos and overcome my fears that night.
Since they were published, the photoblog has been redesigned and the photos are no longer available there. I went through and cherry picked some personal favorites to upload to Flickr. I’ve read that you sometimes need to let your photos cook on the back burner, don’t cull or process them right away; you see them differently with time. I now see photos of my youth. I didn’t know it at the time, but there are notes from the 70s, 80s and 90s in here.
You can view the whole Portraits from Freestyle Motocross at Oxford Plains Speedway, 2006 set of photos on Flickr.