Horses . . . many of you that know me know that I have a passion for horses. Horses were a family affair for me as my oldest daughter rode hunters and I spent many hours on the ground photographing those years she spent (and still spends) in the saddle. As Winston Churchill once said, “No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.” In terms of motorcycle enthusiasts, the same can be said of a Harley. Suffice it to say, my husband would rather have spent hours in the saddle of a Harley as opposed to a horse, but I attempted to spread the passion throughout the family. Even on vacations, we sometimes incorporated horses: packing through Glacier National Park on horseback, taking beach rides, and even as late as last summer, I spent time shooting at Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the largest outdoor rodeo in the country.
As you know, the motorcycle is often referred to as “The Iron Horse.” If you want to clear your head, get on a horse, spend lots of time in the saddle, or get on a bike and spend lots of money on gas! Feel the wind pass between the horse’s ears or pass through the handlebars. But both a long ride on a bike, with the tires on the pavement, or a long ride on the horse, with the powerful body beneath you, warm the soul.
I’m here to say that besides having a love for horses, I also have a love for classic design cars and classic motorcycles. Many years ago, around the era of the Peachtree Cafe in Buckhead, here in Atlanta, I spent some time with the Buckhead Harley Club. During that time, I developed an appreciation for the way that people love their bikes as I love horses. Harley owners spend as much time “grooming” their bikes as riders spend grooming their horses. The grooming of the Harley seems to be as much fun as the actual ride, and one fact is certainly clear, Harley owners love to show off their bikes, all pristine and polished . . . a fine-tuned machine, a classic among motorcyles, and sort of a “trophy” to those who own them. I’m sure many hours are spent pondering the craftsmanship, the machinery, and the individual touches and additions of each bike by their owners.
Coming from a non-owner (but someone who would love to own one), Harley-Davidson motorcycles totally fascinate me. In my opinion, the company totally embraces the classic lines and the Bar & Shield stands for a company well-gifted in the art of design and in the creation of a motorized work of art. In 1901, William S. Harley began with a blueprint drawing and what we have today is an American legend, an icon of American culture, and a very large and loyal group of followers.
Recently I had the opportunity to have a photo session with two women who are Harley owners. Here are just a few shots from the session, which took place at a historic location here in north Atlanta. It was a bright and relatively warm day, few of which we have seen recently in Atlanta. Moving these bikes around, albeit sometimes quietly, was not easy, but both women were very patient and seemed to have a lot of fun. One thing I came to learn, however, is that you can pack two or three outfits, hats, gloves, warming gear, and various other oddities in two saddle bags on a Harley! I don’t think I could pack that much gear in two suitcases!
For me, every shoot brings with it fun and excitement, and it’s so much fun to meet my clients, have a shoot, and do a little laughing. So stay tuned, watch for updates on where Stillscapes will be appearing at art shows and vendor events. Come see us at the Great Atlanta Motorcycle Show at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross, Georgia, Friday through Sunday, January 22 through 24, 2010. We will have a booth there! Come check us out and schedule a shoot! We will be offering show specials!
So until we meet again, Tally-Ho or . . . gosh, what’s the biker word for “see ya”??
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