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“Touching, Sensitive, Heartwarming….. Motocross ???”

"Just Have Fun"

“Just Have Fun”

Having shot quad racers (4 wheels) earlier in the year, I decided to go back and see what the two-wheeled version could do for me. I expected to see high-flying, dust kicking, ear-piercing drama and I was not disappointed. While I had all of that and then some, to my surprise what started to evolve was quite the opposite.

I made my way around the track and shot the races as they unfolded in front of my lens. Making sure to watch the light and to time the action at various points in my journey. Seeing and capturing the events was exciting and yet very familiar. What intrigued me most this time around was the personal side of the participants. By stopping and slowing down my usual fast paced sport shooting, I revealed to both myself and my camera,ย  another side of this sport. While talking with and really getting in touch with the competitors, a new visual of this venue started to emerge.

To see how involved the parents were, especially with the younger riders, gave me an inside perspective I did not expect to find. The way every group of families interacted with their children reminded me of how my parents helped me develop a sense of participation, respect and love for a sport. The coaching, strategy and sometimes tears where all brought back from what seemed like a not so distant memory.

After developing and working with the images for this blog, I was very happy to rediscover a kind of solace that still exists in the world around us. My humanityย  was refreshed by just seeing the faces and camaraderie present at this motocross event. We normally do not associate sensitivity and heartfelt touching moments with a motorcycle race.
I will let you in on a secret…. I did !!!!


36 responses

  1. As usual Mike your pictures are absolutely awesome! Iv been gone for a while but im back now, can’t wait to see what 2014 brings for you. Happy new year by the way. ๐Ÿ˜€


    January 7, 2014 at 5:03 pm

  2. this must have been an awesome event to watch, let alone photograph…it is wonderful when parents are genuinely involved in what their child is doing! Definitely heart warming…


    October 28, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    • Thanks Heather… you hit on what made this shoot very personal for me.


      October 28, 2013 at 8:33 pm

  3. What sweet images…. And so perfectly captured! Such joy.


    September 16, 2013 at 9:44 pm

  4. Clearly you hold great passion for all stuff on wheels and your photographs are a testimony to that. Well done!

    So, what would you say is at the core of this fascination of yours with wheels?



    September 5, 2013 at 2:15 am

    • Thanks Shakti… I don’t know if its a fascination or what… I just remember chasing them, then peddling and finally riding really fast. You really do not want to know what happened next ๐Ÿ™‚


      September 7, 2013 at 11:35 pm

  5. Double-like! That could be my boy….LOVE the affection between you two and the joy of the ride that you captured.


    September 4, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    • Super big thanks for the visit and comments.


      September 7, 2013 at 11:33 pm

  6. Lisa S

    I like how you captured the intimacy between the parents and their children.

    It was nice that you could reminisce about your own childhood that day through the lens of the camera. What a bonus.

    I agree with Lisa, โ€œDa Boyzโ€ is one of my favorites. Iโ€™m drawn to the soulless boy in the middle. He takes center stage and captures my attention as I wonder what his story is all about.

    Kids seem to be so straightforward. I always enjoy taking pictures of the children in my family. I think they are the most interesting to photograph. Their natural authenticity never ceases to amaze me.

    Lisa S


    September 4, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    • Thanks Lisa… wouldn’t you like to see these guys 20 yrs from now or even interview them about that day!!!!!


      September 7, 2013 at 11:32 pm

  7. ‘Da Boyz’ caught and held my attention. In particular the two boys without helmets. Such a contrast in expressions. I didn’t think ‘winner’ and ‘loser’. I thought personality. One boy looks like a Huckleberry Finn, impish, up to mischief, ready to go anywhere. The other boy looked serious, studious, as if there was more to the race than the rush. I know, that’s my interpretation, but, as with all good art, each piece resonates differently for those who partake. Once again, you’ve done a fantastic job.


    September 3, 2013 at 8:02 pm

  8. Great post, Mike. Sensitivity amongst flying dirt and sweat. The airborne shots are wonderful.


    September 3, 2013 at 10:43 am

    • As you know I can find the heart in even the loudest, dirtiest environment ๐Ÿ™‚


      September 7, 2013 at 11:30 pm

  9. kirisyko

    Reblogged this on Sykose Extreme Sports News and commented:
    Love this!


    September 3, 2013 at 6:12 am

    • Thanks for the re-blog Kris!!!!!


      September 7, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      • kirisyko

        My pleasure ๐Ÿ™‚


        September 8, 2013 at 2:32 am

  10. Excellent, lively set. Well done!


    September 3, 2013 at 6:07 am

    • Lively is an understatement…. the action was non-stop. I think that is why I slowed down and remembered your people portraits… there are so many stories behind their eyes.


      September 7, 2013 at 11:28 pm

  11. One of the rare, inspiring Father and son events captured in pictures. The excitement, encouragement, fun, passion and love jumps as high, perhaps even more than the bikes zooming up the sky. Amazing pics! My friend, you truly captured the heart and soul of this great moment!


    September 3, 2013 at 1:48 am

    • Thanks ‘IT’ …. but isn’t that what family and being together is all about…. it is what get most out of your posts. So thanks for the inspiration!!!!!


      September 7, 2013 at 11:26 pm

  12. Pat

    What tough little guys! These are terrific action shots.


    September 2, 2013 at 11:26 am

    • Thanks Pat…. if you saw the tears you might think twice ๐Ÿ™‚


      September 7, 2013 at 11:24 pm

  13. What a wonderful post and images Mike! It is always good to see a family supporting each other and encouraging growth.


    September 2, 2013 at 10:29 am

    • Really appreciate how it affected you… can’t wait to see your next post.


      September 7, 2013 at 11:23 pm

  14. denisebushphoto

    Great post and photos Mike! Both my husband and son are ex-motocross racers. My son was just a little guy like these when he started. We’ve got lots of trophies stored away in the attic. You have captured the sport very well. “The Skies The Limit’ is my favorite.


    September 2, 2013 at 9:12 am

    • When I started the shoot, I was not sure how that sky would play out in the final pics… glad I stayed an kept at it. Thanks ‘D’ for the visit.


      September 7, 2013 at 11:22 pm

  15. Love it all! You brought a tear to my eye.


    September 1, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    • Come on… stay strong… there’s more to follow. Glad it touched you ๐Ÿ™‚


      September 7, 2013 at 11:19 pm

  16. What a beautiful article, Mike. This is a side of the sport that few who are not personally involved rarely get to glimpse. Your intimate portraits of these dedicated youngsters really bring them out as individuals. Wonderful work, and I especially love the group shot of The Boyz and your single of Marty.


    September 1, 2013 at 10:11 am

    • Gary that group shot was shot on the fly…. what would be cool is to take the same pic 20yrs from now. Big thanks for the comments.


      September 7, 2013 at 11:18 pm

  17. 2 words, Life Magazine. This would have made a great photo essay in their heyday. The second photograph, Marty, should win a Pulitzer.


    September 1, 2013 at 10:09 am

    • Big thanks Rich… don’t you just miss that mag too!!!! That boy never did smile… very serious at such a young age ๐Ÿ™‚


      September 7, 2013 at 11:17 pm

  18. These are great events full of action shots and great people watching. Excellent series of photos. I especially like the mini’s…those kids are great.


    September 1, 2013 at 9:51 am

    • Those minis were incredible… their mannerisms were just like the adults.


      September 7, 2013 at 11:15 pm

  19. Bonnie

    WOW Great shots Mike. I think you really captured the spirit of the sport and the father and son connections.


    September 1, 2013 at 9:31 am

    • That impression was very out in the open all day… Thanks Bonnie.


      September 7, 2013 at 11:14 pm

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