I know I’m posting this video a little late but I was watching the Dark Knight tonight and thought about how they actually got the Batpod (Batman’s motorcycle) to work. Well, here it is…
I had the privilege of photographing this exquisite cafe racer belonging to Jimmy Goode of Kustom Kommune. Kustom Kommune is an independent community workshop located in Collingwood, Victoria, Australia. It is a dream project headed up by Jimmy and Geoff Baldwin (Return of the Cafe Racers blog). They are also responsible for putting on the Oil Stained Brain custom bike show. This Honda GB400 SL was certainly a highlight of that show. It has been massively customised by Raider Motorsport, bored out and makes the most beautiful noise when running. Final details were finished off by Jimmy and the gorgeous flake paintwork was supplied by Thom Armstrong from Rusty Kustoms Paint Department.
I photographed this bike on location at Kustom Kommune to show off it’s warm tones and because the bike totally matches the raw sprit of the space. Worth noting that Jimmy is now looking at selling this bike to continue funding for the community garage space. A worthy cause but it will be sad to see this bike go. You can read more about the build detals at ROCR blog and see more of my photography work here.
A huge reason I haven’t posted much before today is that I’ve been busy working on my photography business. One of the main highlights of this year was getting to photograph for two outstanding magazines, Fuel Magazine and Tank Moto. Both magazines feature huge write-ups and images of some stunning custom vehicles. My work has been generously displayed over many of these pages. It is also a privilige to have my work shown in the same publication as photographer Sam Christmas whose work I have a tremendous respect for. Please support these magazines as there are not many publications of this high quality, and personally knowing the people who help put these together I can tell you that they have a lot more amazing features coming. Tank Moto, Issue 2
All images by Jason Lau.
I had the distinct pleasure of attending the Rusty Kustom Biker Build Off a couple of weeks ago in Belgrave, Victoria. Because I had a workshop to run earlier that day, it meant that I only got to witness the aftermath of what I was told was an epic day of bike crashes, music and merriment. I did however get a chance to photograph some of the beautiful creations that featured in this event. The highlight for me was Rusty Kustom’s own bobber built from a rather dishevelled Yamaha DT400 and that gorgeous custom tank. A lot of love went into these bikes as well as the whole event. Looking forward to next year when I can be there for all the shenanigans!
All photographs by Jason Lau.
A new video from Iron & Air Magazine. Here’s an account by director Ramzi Hogan about the making of this video.
“I have been riding with Rockers & Gentlemen Motorbike Coalition for a couple years now and they have just been featured in Issue Nine of Iron & Air Magazine. I had planned to shoot the guys during a day ride in the canyons but things went another direction. After the long day of riding and filming and being harassed by the police for doing such, we called it quits and headed for bbq and beer. It was there that I thought of my own dwelling at the time, a gritty and desolate area of downtown Los Angeles near the fashion district. I knew the police would be less likely to hassle us and quickly jotted down a concept for the shoot. Armed with a Canon 7D, manual 50mm 1.4 and a monopod I began getting my setup shots for the scene that was to take place. When it came time for getting the guys in action there was only one choice. I strapped myself backwards to my motorcycle while employing a buddy to take over the steering. From there we began filming the different sections of the midnight joy ride, racing alongside them around corners into tight alleyways and blazing down stretches of fluorescent lit gloom. The industrial western is born!”
Shot on Super 16mm film, the retrotastic video documents a stunning road trip through the French Pyrénnées on some Blitz motorcycles. The video was produced by French duo: Clement Beauvais and Arthur de Kersauson from SAGS.
Via The Fox Is Black
This bike is so beautiful, I cried a little. Roland Sands Design use computers to honour a classic bike for it’s anniversary.
I love fashion photography, largely because it has the potential to encompass almost any topic or interest. This fashion shoot for Ellery features the beautiful Blitz BMW R60 ‘Great Escape’. The industrial black form of the German bike gives the Baroque surroundings a sense of gravitas and menace, an extension of the rebel image expressed with greater elegance. It’s great to see a model like Ashley Smith pose with a motorcycle without resorting to lad’s mag antics. The trouble is, I can’t take my eyes of that beautiful bike.