For the last month I have been part of a six person show at the Getty Gallery on Eastcastle Street, W1. It is the gallery's first contemporary show and the work of the other five photographers was very strong that the images sat so well together. It sadly comes down today but here's to the next show.
Whilst heading through the mountains between Kandy and Ella I stopped to stretch my legs and saw this amazingly smiley and happy man. I asked if I could take his portrait and then quickly set-up my background for him to stand in front of. He was an amazing character and I was pretty pleased with what I captured -
Known as a track cyclist [and certainly living up to that reputation with numerous Olympic and World gold medals to his name] earlier in his career Geraint has transformed himself into a brilliant road cyclist, much like Sir Bradley Wiggins before him. As a domestique for Team Sky he has been helping Chris Froome take a substantial lead in this year's Tour de France. We may even see him as the leader of a team in the near future and going for the overall victory himself.
This is a portrait of him I was commissioned to shoot a few years ago whilst he was still track racing. Shot in an impromptu studio in the corner of the National Cycling Centre, Manchester on my 5x4 field camera. Something Gearing was a little intrigued by -
Tomorrow the Tour de France works its way up through the Pyrenees and the infamous Col du Tourmalet. In 2012 I hiked up the climb with my 5x4 field camera to document the race. I also got to watch Team Sky help, British cyclist, [Sir] Bradley Wiggins get safely up that mountain and a few weeks later be crowned the winner of the race. This year Team Sky's Chris Froome is currently wearing the maillot jaune [yellow jersey] so tomorrow should be a good day's viewing.
Here's a few images from 2012 -
A big thank you to everyone who turned up to the launch at 71a. It was a great night with about 150 people turning up.