BEHIND THE PHOTO: BOB SCERBO

I’m always looking for ways to keep shooting BMX interesting. After 20 years of pointing various kinds of cameras at essentially the same thing, it can become frustrating in a way. I think that is the main reason I tend to enjoy only taking pictures of things that people can do a few times in a row, so I can experiment a little. The idea of catching a split second in time where someone is really risking their life does not appeal to me, I leave that to the professionals. 

I envisioned this picture to look somewhat like this, but when I looked at the LCD after I was ecstatic. It looked strange and almost made me uncomfortable, it’s really just a fish eye shot of Steven Hamilton’s head.  Somehow you can still see the take off and the landing and tell it’s a wallride. I also am a true believer that the subject is always the most important detail of a photograph and I don’t think there is any denying at this point in time that Steven is an icon in our little corner of the world. He has been on the scene for a long time with ups and downs and somehow managed to come out motivated and still loving the act of riding. I spent 5 days at his house this summer and couldn’t help but be motivated by it. I think all those factors are what make this image so important to me, it captured an energy and that is always the goal when taking a picture.

Bob Scerbo