Thursday, July 09, 2009

The Biker

The Biker

Sometimes it's very easy to get good portraits of interesting people. Shooting a couple of photos of this rough looking biker (check out the tattoos), was dead easy. I say rough looking, but it's pretty easy to notice his big smile behind that impressive beard that must have taken a few years to grow. I was at home when I heard the motorcycles drive up the road. A minute later my brother told me that it was probably time to get the camera ready. And a minute after that I was talking to Tony. A long time member of Slackers MC, and he sure looks the business, doesn't he. Tony drives a 1999 Harley Davidson Roadking. If you want one, expect to pay around 170 000 SEK. Slackers MC has nine members, and their headquarters is only a couple of kilometres away, at Håga. I mentioned some of the other bikers and people that I have met since I started shooting portraits, and sure enough Tony knew all of them. And I'm quite sure I will meet Tony again, later this year at the big bike meet at Vegabaren. If you live locally and like cool bikes, be sure to get up to Handen on the fifth of September. I'm guessing you all really want to know what Tony was up to when I met him. The answer is that he was waiting for his girlfriend who was buying some flowers from Blomorado. They got the laugh of the day when I said that I thought Tony would stand out a little in a crowd. Just a little you say? Yes, just a little.

The Road King

17 comments:

Don and Krise said...

That's what you have to do. Look past the beard for the smile. That pretty much tells it all. Looks like a pretty good guy I'll bet.

Eamon said...

These biker folk usually are good people - you have to admire anyone who can flout and gently mock society's rules. Great portrait pics - I need to find some good faces myself.

Jacob said...

Your splendid portrait just disintegrated his tough guy pose...he's a big softy, I'll betcha...it's just hard to see the grin through all that chin hair, and you can't really see the twinkle in his eyes, but the grin and twinkle are there!

Did you ask him for a ride?

Olivier said...

son Harley Davidson est magnifique. Un superbe portrait du Biker. Les bikers sont de bons sujets pour les photographes
his Harley Davidson is splendid. A superb portrait of Biker. Bikers is good subjects for the photographers

Kate said...

Although I seldom comment, I always check out your blog. Your portraits make me think that I'd better get back to my 100 portraits on Flickr soon.

This is a strong portrait with much interest.

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exposemaximum said...

oh what a biker ! remember wild hogs movie ?

Vogon Poet said...

It is not fair, they practically call you at home! Great double portrait (him and his bike), how was the girlfriend?

B SQUARED said...

Bikers and flowers, an interesting combination.

Abe Lincoln said...

I really like everything about him but his boots are the best of all.

Lois said...

What an interesting looking character! He's got a nice bike too. My little grandson loves to wave at people on motorcycles and they usually respond very enthusiastically to him.

brattcat said...

His smile was the first thing I saw. Great photos!

Bengt said...

Wonderful site! You really have nice pics...

cieldequimper said...

I love the way we can see you double in his sunglasses!!!!

Jilly said...

Great portraits, Steffe. I just love the biking community. They look scary but they are great people, as you so fabulously portray.

Steffe said...

No bike ride for me. That would have meant that Tony's girlfriend would have been left behind. She was also easy to talk to and dressed in black leather.

sansara said...

good pictures, it's you http://ultrabiker.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/motorcycle-and-flowers21-e1341299567848.jpg
:-)