Friday, July 2, 2010

FULL SPEED AHEAD

Post by Steve Temple

With only 38 days until Sturgis, Michael and I are full speed ahead preparing for the Eternal Combustion exhibit at the Buffalo Chip. Photographers and artists alike have their own methods for laying out an exhibit. They need to decide what images make the cut, what order they get hung on the walls and even what size they're printed. Michael's method is simple and effective, he makes small prints of every potential image and lays them out on a table. The result is a table completely covered in prints, but permits complete previsualization of the entire show.

Photo courtesy Walter Gemeinhardt

Thursday, May 27, 2010

LOTS GOIN' ON

Post by Steve Temple

As you could most likely tell by our total lack of contribution to this blog, we've been pretty busy lately. Here's a (very) quick recap and preview of what's to come.

Michael just came back full of enthusiasm from shooting the Big Mountain Run and got some amazing images. Among the photographic activities, he rode the Tail of the Dragon backwards under the very capable piloting of Chris Callen, and then proceeded to shoot Bean're, Pat from Led Sled and some of their friends navigating foot-clutch big twins through a creek (video). Here are some of Michael's favorite images.























While Michael was rolling through the mountains, I was back in the studio scanning film from the 70's, 80's and 90's in preparation for Michael's Eternal Combustion exhibit coming this August during Sturgis at the Buffalo Chip. This will be Michael's 10th Motorcycles as Art exhibit and 30th year photographing the Sturgis rally. Here's a sneek peek at some of the never before seen images that will be in the exhibit.









March was a busy month as well. After a frigid Daytona Bike Week, Michael was off to Utah shooting a profile on Jeff Decker for HOG® Magazine. He spent 3-days with Jeff as he worked with sculptures, wrenched on bikes, researched his vast collection of motorcycling history for inspiration, and rode the Utah back roads on a Panhead.









Not long after returning from Utah, Michael was off to Germany for the Custom Chrome Europe Dealer Show and AMD Championship Bike Show. He's attended this event for the past 3 years always coming back with images of cutting-edge customs, parties and American builders/industry taking in German historical sites.
























That's it for now. Have a great Memorial Day!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

ETERNAL COMBUSTION

Post by Michael Lichter

So here it is - the 10th annual "Motorcycles as Art" exhibition I curate each year was announced at the V-Twin Expo in Cincinnati Sunday morning so I can tell you all about it. It will again be held at the 6,500 square foot Lichter Exhibition Hall built last summer on the grounds of the Legendary Buffalo Chip, and like last year, there is no admission fee.

Basically, the exhibit will focus on the explosion of interest and the passion for custom motorcycles seen over the last 30-years. I titled it “Eternal Combustion- 30 in the Wind”, and it poses the question, “How is this passion passed on through time?” by displaying 30 recently built custom motorcycles by 15 pairs of builders tied together by family, respect, friendship or apprenticeship. On the walls, I will display my work (the first time in a number of years) to celebrate my 30th anniversary of attending bike week in Sturgis. The builder teams highlighted within the show include: Arlen Ness & Paul Yaffe, Carl & Matt Olsen, Dave & Jody Perewitz, Donnie Smith & Brian Klock, Eddie Trotta & Todd Silicato, Kevin Baas & his Kennedy High School Chopper Class, Gard Hollinger & Satya Kraus, James & Dave Kaye, Jerry & David Covington, Kirk Taylor & Brian Schimke, Roland Sands & Drake McGillroy, Ron Finch & Gary Maurer, Ron & Hunter Simms, and Sugarbear & Counts Customs.


I hope you all get a chance to see it during bike week when it will be open from August 7th-13th. If you aren't familiar with the venue from last year's "Rebel Rousers - Motorcycle Icons that Inspire Us to Ride" exhibit, this is what is looked like -



Thursday, January 21, 2010

FLYING START TO 2010 - DELAND, FL EASYRIDERS APPAREL SHOOT

Post by Michael Lichter

2010 was off to a flying start with a shoot in Deland, FL to update photos for the Easyriders clothing catalogue. As we prepared for what was to be an outdoor location shoot, the Florida forecast was nerve-racking with temps dipping into the mid-20’s each night! As always, we were prepared with everything we needed to set up a studio at Da Vinci’s / Florida Victorian (check this place out for music, drink and antiques the next time you are in Deland – its awesome!!!) and shot a little outside during the warmest hours of the day. Lisa and Tanea of the Purrfect Angelz flew in from CA to model and Melissa Penland arrived with her crew from Easyriders Apparel / Hot Action Sportswear in Daytona Beach with the product. Last minute help with male models came from John Lodi at Bikers Bay who sent Canada Dave over who not only modeled but thinking hanging out with pretty women on a photo shoot wasn't a bad way to end his trip to Florida, so he helped us out for 2-whole days. After a visit to West End Cycles where I'm sure they thought I was nuts asking people to model a couple of hours later, Matt came over to model. Same thing at Addicted To Ink Tattoos but Philly John from came over too. The biggest surprise was when Regina pulled up in her ’34 rat rod with Philly and a huge smile came across my face. She came to give Philly a ride and moral support since this modeling thing can be a bit discombobulating, but before she got out of the car, I knew she would be in front of the camera. Her car and beautiful self were in more photos than anyone! The shoot came off perfect with new locations (we've shot most of the last few years at the Iron Horse Saloon and Broken Spoke in Daytona) and the strong, dramatically lit studio shots will add a new dimension to the catalogue. Special thanks to Tim and Eric who helped out all 3-days barely saying a word, Steve Temple who traveled with me from CO and Billi Jo who got right in there primping and pinning.

Gina with her '34 rat rod in the last seconds of sunlight in the Deland-Deltona Beacon garage.


Lisa hamming it up with a big knocker


Philly John minutes after arriving in Gina's rat rod


Canada Dave with his nephew Cayne


Big Steve took a break from the Iron Horse Saloon


Tanea staying warm in the last rays


Gina and Uncle DC who brought her over on the rainy day


Gina as she looking pulling up in her rat rod - we only had to swap her shirt. 300 CI inline-6


Canada Dave finished off a supposedly warm 2-month trip with his bike in FL with the shoot

Thursday, November 19, 2009

CATCHING UP/2009 LACONIA NOW POSTED

Post by Steve Temple

So you may have noticed that we've been absent for the last couple days weeks months. We have really good reasons though. After a loooong Sturgis, both Michael and I needed to take breaks. I took off with my wife to Europe for a 12-day cruise through the Mediterranean visiting Venice (Italy), Dubrovnic (Croatia), Athens (Greece), Santorini (Greece), Naples (Italy), Rome (Italy), Florence (Italy), Cannes (France) and Barcelona (Spain). It was an incredible trip and cruising was a great way to see so many places without ever needing to unpack and repack over and over. There are pics from the trip at the bottom of this post.

Michael hit the east coast with double duty, a vacation with family from abroad and shooting The Gypsy Run that wound it's way through Vermont, New York and New Jersey. With 2 weeks of time off, we were both ready to dive back into work. We had a few non-motorcycle commercial shoots in Sept. and Michael ended the month with a trip to wine country in CA for a Charity dinner and Doobie Bros. concert.

October came and went in a flash. We had a few commercial shoots for a manufacturer of stainless steel and copper hot tubs, but we also went out to CA for Custom Chrome and shot their 40th anniversary party and two new bikes commemorating the occasion. Included as part of the shoot, we took a group of CCI employees and friends on a ride down Highway 1 along the Pacific Ocean to get some shots for their catalog. The day wrapped at Johnny's Bar in Hollister for a post shoot beer and group shot against the mural alongside the bar. Check out the pics at the bottom of this post.

As for November, I cannot believe one week from today is Thanksgiving! The older you get and faster time flies by. Anyway, as we entered November Michael had just returned from shooting the Lone Star Rally in Texas. The attendance and vibe were off the charts this year! Back at the studio I was prepping for a shoot with Sucker Punch Sallys. They finished Flos Flyer and another bike for Progressive Insurance and wanted them shot before hitting the shows.

I know I mentioned Laconia in the title of this blog post, so here it is. Laconia 2009 has been posted to our website here. Check out all the pics Michael took at this years rally in the Weirs.

Custom Chrome 40th Anniversary:






















My photos from our cruise in the Mediterranean:

Gondolas in Venice.


Walkways or streets that wind through Venice.


The Acropolis in Athens.


Nice view in Oía, a small village in Santorini, Greece.


Oía


Wall painting inside Pompeii's bath house.


The Coliseum in Rome.


Inside St. Peter's Basilica. Vatican City, Rome.


Dress in a window. Eza, France.


La Sagrada Familia by Gaudí.


Passion facade. La Sagrada Familia.