Just go to New York

By: Gustav Hoiland

Jan 18 2010

Category: bike polo


Focal Length:95mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

polo in motion

Bike polo often feels a lot like what you see here.  Notice the most in-focus parts of the image are his glasses and the hub on the front wheel.  Everything else has some movement in it.  His heavily tattooed legs have warped into a furious tornado of speed as his gaze is fixed on a bouncing ball (which is moving at the same speed forward as he is).  I was surprised when I came upon this image in its current form in my archives because I have a print of it on my wall with drastically different colors.  That print is flush with bright magentas and blues – more like a nightclub during a light show – which have all been drained from this version.  I quite like the limited palette in this though, with the ball matching the cones and his wheels matching the green patch to the left of his head.  Perhaps my favorite detail is his left arm, isolated in blackness but full of some possessed frantic energy.

3 comments on “Just go to New York”

  1. You forgot to mention how the strong shaft of the mallet is lined up perfectly with what I’d REeally want to thrust and pound at some orange dangly target. And how no matter how fast I can pump my legs I won’t be able to shoot my inner colors through those pointed cones. If only I was little ball… but then I would eventually crack open and disappoint everyone expecting magentas and blues.

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