Behind the photo. Chapter one. A story behind the photo of Colombian Cycling, Vuelta a Colombia and Clasico RCN.

Behind the Photo, is a section about my work.
Essentially, I show photographs from my main office, the motorcycle.
The photographer David Hurn (Magnum) said that if you wanted to be a photographer, you should buy good shoes, because you will walk a lot. 
My shoes are not the best example, but if I can recommend if you're looking to be a Cycling Photographer, you need a good motorman, one person mostly attentive, if the man have experience in cycling that's better, do not forget that the motorcycle is comfortable and fast. Well, you're going to travel a lot in it.

As I said about the motorman.

Also, I will tell a lived experience behind the photo, and I'll take the audacity to give you some advice if you're looking to be a Cycling Photographer.
If you want to enjoy the section in your language, you can search Behind the Photo in Spanish or Portuguese, the main page of my website is in English because it looks more cool.


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Vuelta a Colombia - Seven Stage

The opening of this section, Behind the Photo, will be about my work in the two main cycling racing of Colombia, Vuelta a Colombia and Clasico RCN.

Spectacular roads, all kinds of climates (especially rainfall) incredible altimetries (mountains and more mountains) in total will be 3300km above a moto following the cyclist.

Road Cycling is a crazy sport.
People expect along the road for hours, perhaps to see the peloton for a few seconds.
The most beautiful thing is to know these people. In Colombia the people are very nice, every stop is a pleasant experience.

I think that people who have more contact with these people are the photographers.

But when I talk of photographers. It does not mean that all photographers be equal.

Not all are those who stop at roadside. And not all take the same risks. 
I really enjoy photography when I feel adrenaline. That's part of the passion. Everyone discovers their own passions in this job, and always keep that's the foundations of success.

The weather is very varied Colombian's road.
Something I enjoy so much in these races. Rain is not a problem, rain is an ally. It will give most dramatic scenarios and contrasts for photography. A careful motorman is the main element. First you have to care for life, and the same time the cameras, is the main thing to keep you in the race.

If you want to be a cycling photographer, I recommend using Canon.

I can also recommend using protective rain. Of course. Well, maybe I'm not the best example of caution in these cases, but I've tried Canon in the worst weather conditions and never had a problem.

I love the rain. I also like the tunnels.

All difficulty that arises in photography, I enjoy it.

Carl Mydans (Life) said "You become a photographer when has overcome concerns of learning and in their hands the camera is an extension of oneself. Then the creativity begins".
I just think in the photo. And the creativity.

The Photographers can be many, but creatives and original photographers are very few.

Vuelta a Colombia has something beautiful.

Vuelta a Colombia for me is much more attractive than the Clasico RCN.

It has a night time trial stage. It is the final stage, the thirteen. In Medellin. Climbing the Alto las Palmas.

Everything is mountain in Colombia.

I like to keep precautions when I'm working in the peloton.

Respect a distance. Know that you can keep close moments.

Robert Capa was saying if your photographs are not good enough, it's because you're not close enough. I did not apply to cycling.

You have very many kilometers ahead to make a spectacular photograph without disturbing cyclists and race officials. Race officials are the bosses.

Often wrong. But always keep respect.

Vuelta a Colombia has 13 stages (1696 km) with one day of rest, it has 3 time trial stages.

El Clasico RCN has 10 stages (1623km), only one is time trial. 

Time trial stages usually are a rest to one's body.

We must seize and walk around on the road.

Remember what David Hurn was saying about shoes.

When I found the photography, the first name on my visual literature was Robert Capa.
I think of him as the best photographer in the history. 
With Robert Capa's photography I started my love for the War Photography.

There is a detail of Robert Capa very importantly, the man was taking photographs in the Tour of France in 1939 too.
In Colombia I was usual to see soldiers providing security at the race course. It was something I enjoyed it.

I am doing my job, taking cycling photographs mixed with war's colours.

I really enjoyed that. They are really nice people.

I don't forget to mention my motormans Oscar Martinez (Vuelta a Colombia) and Albeiro Pineda (Clasico RCN).
With Oscar I had an accident in the 12th stage of the Vuelta, fucking Oscar!

It's a work thing. But always better to have a motorman who listen to you, Albeiro was really very good. Anyway, many thanks to them.
Colombia was truly an amazing place for my photography.
Besides enjoying its people and landscapes, I also enjoy much of their dogs.

Imagine if people in Colombia is very good, how lovely are the dogs.

Dogs between bicycles are some of my trademarks.
Photographers can be many, but creatives are very few

One of the good things about photography is that you can always be learning.

To be better photographer.

To be better person.

Colombia was undoubtedly a great school.

Finally, the best 10 photos of the two races.
It was a very difficult choice for me. In addition, each photograph is a different story.

A story behind.

Thanks to all who know they were part of Behind the Photo.


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