With all the SxSW madness engulfing the town, I’ve been hitting the roads in the morning and the trails late afternoon. All the while preparing for the Mission Workshop trip to Taiwan and China. There’s plenty of radness coming with that next week but for now, I’m just glad I had the time to ride.
Last week, before the SxSW shit storm settled in on Austin, I had some friends in town from New York. Wilis and Josh from King Kog wanted to get out on some trails, see the sites and eat some BBQ, so I arranged just that. For what felt like every single day, Wilis and I were out hitting my normal trail loops I’ve worked out, while still finding time to stop for some rope swing action.
We ended the week with some Austin BBQ and as the guys packed their bikes up in my living room, I could tell they were a little bummed to be leaving… Can you blame ‘em?
Since this Recent Roll is almost 36 exposures, I narrated the photos.
Ok, ok. I’m playing hookie right now from the interwebs and am probably staring down the rear brake yolk on this beaut, ripping through the limestone and singletrack of Austin. There’s something to be said about a bike that’s usually seen from the rear during a race, which is what a lot of Wilis‘ race companions had the pleasure of admiring. Cross bikes aren’t meant to be dainty, precious objects that you wipe down every day. They’re meant to be dirty, muddy and fast.
Wilis showed up to Austin with his Rosko cross bike and it was too clean to shoot photos. We’ve been riding a lot, #corndogging and just having a blast hitting the local trails and hills. After a couple days of that, his bike looked good and happy, i.e. primed to shoot photos. I love Seth Rosko’s work and was very pumped on his grassroots support for King Kog during this year’s cross season. The team did well and the bikes did exceptionally well, even Wilis’ Campagnolo beast saw the podium on more than one occasion.
There’s something very metal about a black bike and this one’s got battle scars just about everywhere, save for the Cadence bar tape. Oh and the Pearl Velo bottle was my touch! We’re both fans of H.G. Wells.
Today I let Lauren test ride the Shinola Runwell I was sent to review. We rode out along the gravel trail down the street from our house to a park where during the summer, is always filled to capacity. In the dead of winter however, it was empty, even though we’re in shorts and t-shirts. Winter in Texas is funny like that.
I’ve got this bike for a while and I’ll do a more formal write up later this week but sometimes it’s nice to get someone else’s perspective.
This one’s a bit off topic but I really wanted to share it anyway. While I don’t see PiNP covering content of this nature frequently, I do like to share it from time to time.
Over the years, I’ve met some truly inspiring individuals, especially since moving to Austin. The affordable living, great weather and creative energy harbors some incredible talent (but don’t move here). One of these minds that I’ve gotten to know is Maura Ambrose. I watched her go from working on a farm (literally), to taking a leap into self-employment, ultimately making a name for herself and her company, Folk Fibers.
She works right in her East Austin home and is quickly outgrowing her available space. Her hand-stitched quilts and pillows use natural dyes, drawn from native flora but you’d swear the colors and vibrancy were synthetic. Check out a few photos in the Gallery and see the latest offerings from Folk Fibers here.
Zeiss 28mm f2.8 T* ZM / Leica 50mm f2 Summicron
Ilford 3200 delta / Fuji Neopan / Fuji PRO 400h
I’ve been wanting to shoot photos of Melissa and her Cinelli Bolt since this summer but never got the chance to. Earlier this week, my Mamiya 7ii came in the mail and I had to do a test roll, which is when I finally bumped into Melissa with a camera in hand. The photos came out great and although I can see a few things I’ll have to be mindful of (keeping those vertical lines straight, proper exposure with the meter, etc), I’m very pleased with the Mamiya 7ii. Even scanning medium format on my dinky Epson v600 produces great results (see above).
Pardon me while I talk under these photos of Melissa…
So why buy ANOTHER camera?
My loved one is away on business but this should make her homesick.
Photo by George Marshall
One of my favorite dudes in Austin, BMX legend / Fairdale mastermind, Taj Mihelich was interviewed by the Albion‘s George Marshall for the Rapha Wayfaring blog. How’s that for a link-heavy opener? Make sure you check this one out!
Over the past year, I’ve become a huge fan of Chelsea Wolfe and her dark, melodic folk music. Her previous two albums have been on heavy rotation and everyone I turn onto her, falls in love. Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of seeing her perform live at the Central Presbyterian Church in Austin, one of the best venues in town for a show like this. That night, the church echoed with a powerful performance by Wolfe and her band.
Keep on top of her extensive touring here, pick up her music at your local shop or here and check out a few more photos below.
Zeiss 28mm f2.8 T* ZM
Ilford Delta 3200
I was riding down a fairly busy road coming back from the post office one day when I saw this hanging on a utility box. It’ wasn’t the first one that I’ve seen and sure wasn’t the last. Easy target, huh?
Zeiss 80mm T* CF
Fuji Provia 400x