On August 2, 2014 the tenth anniversary of the flatland BMX Voodoo Jam went down in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event was a great opportunity for me to head back to my old stomping grounds in the South, see my family and friends, and of course shoot the competition.
After selecting photos for a Red Bull online feature and a BMX Plus! magazine article I had enough images left over for what I’m calling an unconventional photo gallery.
Normally my BMX photos are pretty straight forward and very natural looking, but while shooting at Voodoo Jam I tried out some slower shutter speeds and tighter crops. There was a lot of action going on during qualifying before the doors opened to the public, so I was trying to find ways to take advantage of the situation and create some compelling images without showing the lack of crowd or audience. What do you think of the results?
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This past weekend I had the privilege of heading to my home state to hang out with friends from all over the world during the Flatland Voodoo Jam weekend. It was an incredible contest with an amazing vibe, and I couldn’t have been more stoked to be a small part of it. Big congrats to my homies Scott O’Brien and Terry Adams on all their success with the comp!
I wrote up a press release for the event and shot some photos that were sent out to a bunch of BMX media outlets, and I also filmed and edited two videos—one for ESPN, and one for Freegun Underwear. On top of all that, I shot some photos for a German BMX magazine, but you’ll have to wait to see those until the magazine is printed.
I grew up about 25 miles from New Orleans, but now that I’m an adult and have been away from the city for the past 11 years I have a much greater appreciation for the culture that The Big Easy offers. Last month I decided to take a trip to Louisiana with a good friend of mine who had never been there to share some of what makes the area so special and help revive my love for the south. While touring around the French Quarter and the Swamps I casually snapped a handful of photos to put together this gallery. Laissez le bon temps rouler!