As a photographer, you learn how to accept the unexpected. When a friend of mine, Emilie Hawtin, asked me to do a series of images for Belstaff while I was in London, it was conceived as a series of action shots during a rehearsal session with a group of ruggedly turned out motorcyclists. I was imagining the contrary of Hell’s Angels.

 

But, things don’t always turn out as planned. The field turned into a parking garage, day turned into night and action turned into still portraits. The only lighting source I could find in this parking garage was an exposed fluorescent bar placed low enough on the wall to provide a beautiful contrast light for a portrait. Since these adjustments had to be made on the fly, we only had about 5 minutes per portrait. However, by giving into the spirit of spontaneity, we came up with a beautiful series of portraits that are posted on the Belstaff site.

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  1. Snood laine

    October 10, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    PrĂ©sence et charisme, Belfast est un tailleur d’hommes.

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  2. +Aziz

    October 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Interesting variety of bikes; no Harleys or Ducatis but plenty of BMWs

  3. Pure Style by Erika

    October 10, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Amazing shoot! Love Belstaff

    Pure Style by Erika

  4. Cris

    October 10, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Beautiful photos!! I love Belstaff, I have a motor jacket from this brand that I bought many years ago and is still my favorite!
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  5. Denisa

    October 10, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    That is peeerfect photo, Wow.

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  6. christian

    October 10, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    These are gorgeous & I love it when work of this caliber is produced without tons of equipment. I get so sick and tired of the ĂĽber equipment use by photographers.

  7. Angèle

    October 10, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Surely one of the best series you’ve ever photographed ! :)

    • FB

      October 14, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      Amazing work- have never commented, but thought this deserved praise.

      Well done man.

  8. WELL LIVING BLOG

    October 10, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Stunning work !!

    XX Luba
    http://www.well-living-blog.com

  9. Nico

    October 10, 2013 at 3:02 pm

  10. Quyen

    October 10, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Great pictures. I love a man on a Triumph motorcycle!
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  11. lola

    October 10, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Very beautiful ! Next time use an old Ducati :)

  12. Mage B

    October 10, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Really successful. Given the lighting problems, these are wonderful. Your stuff is always good, but these are delicious. Thanks.

  13. Elizabeth

    October 10, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Beautiful work!

  14. Amelie

    October 10, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    If only I looked so good under fluorescent lights!!

  15. milex

    October 10, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Now POSE!

  16. Laura

    October 10, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Even with poor means your photos are beautiful! Great portraits!

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  17. Geneviève

    October 11, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Il like the idea that you had to adapt very quickly to the circumstances… and got such a beautiful result.
    And I discover Belstaff: interesting universe…

  18. sb chica

    October 11, 2013 at 9:13 am

    ….yes and thank you for no Harley photos…..yuck! Love the pics

  19. NYC

    October 11, 2013 at 10:20 am

    So you don’t own a couple of flash guns?

  20. Nanna

    October 11, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Ohhhh these are wonderful!

  21. Peggie

    October 13, 2013 at 2:44 am

    Oh, how I would love to have my own guy photographed as these were! Looking at these portraits one can almost smell the leather and gasoline.

  22. Haggie

    October 13, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    They claim to be “motorcycle gear” but none of their jackets have any padding or armor. Who rides a motorcycle in a canvas jacket? Even modern leather motorcycle jackets have padding and armor.

    I love the styling and tailoring of Belstaff, but as an avid motorcyclist, I find these items marketed as “motorcycle gear” laughable.

    • Nick

      November 17, 2013 at 6:05 am

      Belstaff have been THE name in British motorcycle wear since before we were born

  23. Isa

    October 14, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    I love this style !
    Isa

  24. Alessia

    October 15, 2013 at 6:35 am

    like your pics!

    TheChicolat

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