Stan Evans shot these photos in the winter of 2015. The portraits were shot in studio and action on location at the LA River. All the effects are practical and the only retouching done was to blend the layout for print
Remember Stan Evans, our favourite motographer? We've featured Stan's work earlier here on Faster and Faster (see here and here), and now the man's been at it again. This time, it's about shooting in the dark and the results, as you can see in the pics above, are pretty spectacular. Here's what Stan has to say about his latest photoshoot and his thoughts on various types of motorcycles:
On his latest photoshoot
Every once in while I feel the need to try something different with motorcycle photography. To be honest, I like pushing myself even though perfectly backlit sunset shots on sweeping roads will never lose their appeal. Nighttime always intrigues me because it brings a new set of rules. With lights, gels and exposure, I can control what people see. I can throw light where I want or fade it off into the darkness. It becomes the subtle difference between capturing a moment and creating one.
The movie Aliens had a profound effect on me as a child and I found myself studying James Cameron and HR Giger works to see how it affects perceptions. I like the idea of conceptualizing, and coming from an advertising background it’s only natural to mix action and products in an effort to get people excited to ride. Motorcycle art is probably too strong of a word because I hate the notion of standing still. Motorcycles bring a sense of urgency. Straddling the thin line between life and death should make you feel the most alive!
On why he chose the Ducati Panigale for this shoot
Actually it wasn’t the bike so much as the person I chose. I’m drawn to shooting interesting characters and I actually happened across Adey Bennett one day riding the Angeles Crest. My friend actually told me that he did all these superbike videos on the net I really had no clue who he was but you don’t see many black guys over 6 feet tall on an Italian superbike. So I figured there a story there and asked him about shooting. Turns out we had some mutual friends and he was into trying something different.
On the kind of bikes he likes most
Honestly, my thought is who am I to rain on anyone’s parade? If you are on a bike and having fun I’m happy for you. Personally I definitely lean towards performance oriented machines. Something with a powerful engine/ torque handles well and has good brakes. But longer I ride the more I want to try everything. I was meeting with Aaron Colton for a project and he showed up on this Grom. He put that thing through its paces in a parking lot and all I could think to myself was damn that looks fun! I’d also like to ride more cruisers though. I rode a Triumph Rocket III a few years ago and it was so different than I thought it would be. It was a really well balanced bike with tons of power and really comfortable. So it goes to show, you can’t judge a book by its cover.
On European vs Japanese vs American bikes
If we are talking about production machines, I always love European bikes for the attention to detail. That being said, I’m surprised with the imagination that people have and the type of bikes being created. Just the fact that the supercharged Kawasaki H2R made it into production is amazing. The Ronin machines are the most interesting inclination of an American brand and custom builder giving a nod to Japanese culture and tradition.
The bike I’d love to ride is the Roland Sands Project 156 Pikes Peak machine. It’s just a purposeful, utilitarian bike from Victory that kinda came out of nowhere. It would be great to see something like that put into production!
On the bikes he'd like to photograph in the future
Funny enough I just finished shooting Woolie's latest bike. He’s Deus Ex Machina US Motorcycle design director. If you had told me a year ago I would be shooting one of his bikes, I would have laughed, but strange things happen. I met him through Aaron and he’s been an amazing mentor since I’ve been in California. He’s one of those people that lives his life through actions so usually I do a lot of looking, listening and asking questions when I don’t know something. He’s actually works as a gaffer part time so he knows a lot about angles, lighting and production so half the time we probably talk about that. Now that I’m finishing that up I’m kind of scratching my head on what to do next. I mainly enjoy shooting people with their bikes though. A bike needs a rider and there’s something in that philosophy that makes me shoot the way I do. I almost never shoot a photo of a bike by itself. I like people first, bikes second.
On the reactions he gets to his work, from his other photographer friends
Most have been pretty encouraging, but some people see it as too far outside their spectrum. I’m fine with that though. My thought is, if we were all shooting the same way, life would be pretty boring. @upforadventuress started a fun creative outlet for me to shoot motorcyclists however I want, whenever I want. Each time I go out I want to try something a little new. I try to find interesting people, listen and learn their stories. I shoot, and edit them all while a lot of motorcycle blogs/ ig are just pulling from other feeds. I'd like to see more people creating real creative content rather than shuffling the same photos around.
I’d just like to say thanks to all the people I’ve met riding my motorcycle. I’ve seen some beautiful places and had some cool opportunities to learn things. I hope people see a photo of mine and it encourages them to get out there. To take a moto course, get their license and travel on two wheels. If you’ve taken a photo with me I appreciate you taking the time. I may of stole a little of your soul but it was worth it if we inspired others…