Research On BMX and BMX Photography

A genre of sports photography, BMX photography is born from the love of the sport and the willingness to document it. I will look at a few photographs within the industry to see hoe they work. An understanding of the sport is the first step in knowing how to shoot BMX.

 

BMX:

BMX, an abbreviation for bicycle motocross, is a cycle sport performed on BMX bikes, either in competitive BMX racing or freestyle BMX, or else in general on- or off-road recreation. BMX began when young cyclists appropriated motocross tracks for fun, racing and stunts, eventually evolving specialized BMX bikes and competitions. BMX freestyle is now the most recognised form of the sport taking over from racing.

 

Blackburn BMX:

Established in 2007 a specialised BMX shop opened in Blackburn called The Cellblock BMX, it brought the sport to the town and created a scene for young people to get into the sport. The shop was open for several years and finally closed its doors in 2015/16, but left behind a number of BMX riders still pursuing the sport. (These are the riders that we will follow on this project).

 

BMX Publications:

Since BMX’s inception magazines have been made to follow the growth of the sport and to document the athleticism of the riders. Magazines such as Dig Mag (digbmx.com), Ride Uk (rideukbmx.com) and Ride US (bmx.transworld.net), created almost an industry standard of how to shoot photographs of BMX.

 

BMX Photographers working in the industry now:

Fred Murry –

Fred works at Dig mag and is also a freelance photographer here is an interview with him ( Fred Murray interview)

Some of his work –

 

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Eisa Bakos –

Eisa works and runs Endless BMX magazine. An interview with Esia (interview). A youtube video of Eisa talking and showing his work. (youtube)

Some of his work –

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Jason ‘Fooman’ College –

Jason works at Endless mag and is also a freelance photographer. Here is an interview with him on youtube, he speaks about how he works and what equipment he uses. (interview)

Some of his work –

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image of Jason’s equipment –

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