With BMX media getting churned out constantly and new videos popping up on the Gram and Tube so fast it’ll make your head spin, it seems like we could all use some more BMX photos in our lives right about now. And we’re here to do just that with the Focus photo gallery. Volume 1 features work spanning the globe from photographers
Jeff Zielinski, Tristan Afre, Cooper Brownlee, Matt Cordova, Eric Mickelson, Tom Beckman, and Charlie Crumlish.
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I’m always grateful when my friends are down to do whatever it takes to make an idea into reality. Alex Hammett and I waited in this ditch for over an hour for the light to be right and another train to go by. So hyped this one came out exactly how I imagined! Photo: Tristan Afre If it requires a lot of speed and precision, Lahsaan Kobza is your man. Ride up the ledge to hop smith. Photo: Jeff Zielinski Fast and loose or blast and boost? Jason Watts turns the sky track into a massive deep end pocket air at the Waldport, Oregon, park. Photo: Matt Cordova Despite thinking that all the feasible tricks that could happen over this ledge/drop had already been done, we (Grant Castelluzzo and I) figured it wouldn’t hurt just to show Dillon Lloyd the scenic spot. Low and behold, without even a slight murmur of doubt, Dillon called out the half-cab whip and stomped it within a few tries. Photo: Zielinski When east meets west, literally. Trevor Holotka 60/40 at a spot that was begging for it. Photo: Zielinski The tree really ties the park together… James Van De Kamp cranks a lookback into the last sliver of light in La Conner, Washington. Photo: Eric Mickelson With the grace of a rider twice his age and limbs like Gumby, 16 year-old Gustavo Balaloka from Brazil is the definition of what it means to have style. Photo: Zielinski For Hobie Doan, a footjam on this barrier is the equivalent of turning around on the bank for an average rider. It must be nice… Photo: Zielinski Put a quarterpipe in Kris Fox’s path and this what you get. Kris, making great use of the sculpted Wetlands trails’ quarter pipe. Photo: Cordova This spot is nowhere near as good as Gary Young makes it out to look. Photo: Zielinski Ryan Button with a truck to fakie on a ramp just a few feet away from where frames are born at the FBM machine shop. Photo: Tom Beckman Jake Seeley stabs a toothpick into a cavity on the Ethik x FTL ramp at SXSW. Photo: Afre The Trailswarrior mid battle—Satoski Enda at Catty. Photo: Zielinski When you’ve shot BMX photos for 15+ years it’s always good to try new things. I honestly never thought I would mess with a GoPro, but here I am strapping it to Jayden Fuller’s bike and making him do multiple tabletops until I got the timing right. Photo: Cooper Brownlee Pasha Sitko has the 40/60s wired. Niagara River/Peace Bridge, Buffalo, New York. Photo: Charlie Crumlish Yumi Tsukuda, wedge/wall bash to shrub clearance. Photo: Zielinski In a pinch, you can point to something tall and steep for Garrett Ginch. Fence tap in Santa Cruz. Photo: Zielinski Shooting Melbourne (or any city) never gets old with the GoPro setup on the bike. You never know how they are going to come out until you get home and have to go through a few hundred images—which is honestly just as enjoyable as shooting them. Photo: Brownlee Corey Walsh with a big open pocket while on a night mission clipping up with the Fast and Loose crew at Bondi Beach. Photo: Cordova Hibiscus park in Brisbane has a photogenic tree that has always been good in traditional photos, but it works even better from above in this shot of Jayden Fuller. Photo: Brownlee A crook hard isn’t something that most people can make look easy, but then again, most people aren’t Travis Hughes. Photo: Afre Mike Stahl is never one to hesitate when there’s a chance to get kinky and twisted while grinding. Photo: Zielinski After an hour or so of driving and straight out of the car, Dillon Lloyd handled this 360 with no warm up while wearing B-ball shorts—Dill is dialed. Photo: Zielinski That perfect untouched schoolyard out-ledge really does exist. Tony Never proves that always looking up pays off. Over smith. Photo: Zielinski Despite how clean Erik Elstran pulled this icepick-to-footjam whip, this spot was fuckin’ dirty as hell. Photo: Zielinski Jake Seeley kicked his birthday off right this year with a rad bank to bank transfer in a South Austin ditch—and with one hell of a photo to remember the day, too. Photo: Afre When you’ve traveled all the way from Australia to SoCal and you come across a rail such as this, you gotta dig deep… Jacman Hinss with a feeble to oppo 180/oppo bar from the depths of his trick bag. Photo: Zielinski You let Mad Mike loose on the streets and he’ll ride anything and everything in his path. Mad Mike is the fuckin’ truth. Photo: Zielinski
Shoot any sick photos recently that haven’t been unpublished yet? Maybe they can be featured in Focus Vol 2. You can send your select shots—narrow ’em down to no more than 6—and email them to email@example.com. And no links, please—just send the photos in the email. Thanks!