Making A Photograph – Carl Wilson

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“This rail got built about 6 months ago, I always thought it would make a good picture, as it really represents contemporary British estates in our area.

I drive past the rail regularly and have always wanted to see someone go down it, but it’s pretty high (An easy ball sacking type of rail.) I was out with a couple of the Savakas geezers and we stopped by on the way to somewhere else. Louie took a look and seemed up for it. He’s a beast on most things so it all fits together.

As I’m setting up we spot the police down the road so we have to wait till they have gone, but then the police start walking towards us. They walk straight past us to a guy outside his house right next to the rail, he’s fixing up some old dodgy BMX! So weird!

They arrest him and leave us alone whilst a body builder talks to us about Choppers.

Louie does it first try but he is not happy with it so wants to do another. He has another two goes and breaks his stem. We tried to use the stem from another bike but don’t have the tools.

After leaving and getting another stem (a prehistoric unit!), we return to a bunch of chavy girls running around.

Louie got back up there and done it real good and thats the picture you see. He doesn’t ride rails much, this was his second rail, the first done several days earlier.

I shot it on a Nikon d7000 with a 50mm 1.4 lens, Yongnuo yn565ex to the left on the grass bank, then a Metz 45 cl4 right in front of him just out of frame. I shot on ISO 200, 50mm , f/8 and shutter 1/200.”

Carl Wilson

Photo available as a desktop wallpaper from Savakas.

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