Over the past six years, I have been back and forth to Moab, Utah many times to shoot and ride trails. I won’t go on about Moab and what it does for the spirit. If you’ve been there, you know. If you haven’t, I highly suggest you get out there and experience one of the most beautiful places on our planet. The five hour drive out of Denver on I70 will slowly build images in your mind that you will never forget for as long as you live. Don’t think. Just go. Trust me. On your way, stop in Fruita, Co and eat at http://hottomatocafe.com/. Slices as good as any I have found deep in Brooklyn and New Belgium brews on tap. Pure genius.
On my last trip to Moab, I was finally able to shoot my favorite portion of Porcupine Rim trail that overlooks the Colorado River. I asked around for someone with better than average riding skills and all fingers pointed to Tyson Swasey who works as a mechanic at Poison Spider bike Shop. If you are familiar with the biopic 127 Hours about Aron Ralston then you might recall the opening scene where Aron is riding out in Canyonlands. In the 1st clip, that is Tyson riding as James Franco’s stunt double.
While Tyson isn’t a professionally sponsored rider, he was as a good a trail rider as any pro I have ever shot. A bit of a photo buff himself, Tyson was easy to direct. It also helped that he was born and raised in Moab, so he knew the exact spot I wanted to shoot.
Low sun + bicycle + Tyson + Moab + trail – Aaron forgetting anything like his CF cards = Aaron make good picture = Aaron Happy