Triumph of the Wynn

The pressure was off today. For the first time during this project I had actually planned a shoot, and I was excited. My dear friend John Wynn, a motorcycle enthusiast, came round for an evening of wine and The Rolling Stones, so I asked if I could do a shoot in his full biking regalia whilst he sat on his beloved 1954 Triumph.

I'm actually delighted with today's photo and I feel a real satisfaction with today's shoot. I took over 50 photos, and I finally narrowed it down to about 3 I was really happy with. It was a tough call, but I chose this one because of John Wynn's expression and because of how the picture is composed. It reminds me of Marlon Brando in 'The Wild One', and John's Triumph motorcycle is actually very similar to Brando's bike in the movie.

On the subject of movies, today's photo title is actually a pun on a German film. 'Triumph of the Will', or 'Triumph Des Willens' as it's known in Germany, was made by Leni Riefenstahl in 1935 and chronicled the 1934 Nuremburg Rally. It's actually a brilliantly shot film despite the content, as it marries excellent cinematography with rousing music. Despite it being Nazi propaganda, you can actually see its influence in film-making today.

Canon EOS 450D, f/1.8, 1/200, ISO-200
Great shot! The expression is priceless and the comp is wonderful!
posted May 28th, 2010  
such an awesome shot!! you SHOULD be "Delighted" with this photos...it really is good. love it in b&w
posted May 28th, 2010  
This photo is GREAT!!! The b&w is perfect, and it looks like a shot from a movie! Loving it!
posted May 28th, 2010  
It really is very, very good. You should be proud of it.
posted May 29th, 2010  
Great shot, the B&W really makes it stand out
posted May 29th, 2010  
Gorgeous photo... love the triumphs.
posted May 29th, 2010  
Awesome. I love the B&W.
posted May 29th, 2010  
Wow, this is REALLY good!
posted May 29th, 2010  
this is so cool. looks retro! i really like it in black and white!
posted May 29th, 2010  
very nice shot...very Marlon Brando-ish.
posted May 29th, 2010  
Great shot and I know how difficult it is to take that many shots and then try to get it down to where you have to pick only one, perhaps going back and forth between the last three or four. I think you picked the right one.
posted May 29th, 2010  
Great shot,interesting contrast
posted May 29th, 2010  
Great photos - just looked through your project so far and really enjoyed your photos and your descriptions. :-) Looking forward to seeing more. Don't feel you always need a "great" photo though - if you're using this to document your year, just carry your camera in your pocket and see what you see.
posted May 29th, 2010  
i really love this portrait. remind me Marlon Brando. and b&w is perfect! a "fav" for me!
posted May 29th, 2010  
this is just a wow shot..loved the portrait!!
posted May 30th, 2010  
wonderful shot!
posted May 30th, 2010  
This is excellent, I really like it!
posted May 31st, 2010  
Wonderful portrait. :D
posted June 1st, 2010  
I like this alot! in addition to his expression his whole posture is just so 'cool' - a photo full of character, just what I like :-)
posted July 9th, 2010  
Oh my gosh!! that's really awesome!!
posted July 9th, 2010  
Great character!!! Wonderful b&w
posted July 11th, 2010  
There's a fantastic grittiness to this. Striking mood and timelessness - I found myself wondering why there was no film grain! Nice work.
posted October 9th, 2010  
Wicked portraiture. :D I will be following you! :)
posted December 6th, 2010  
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