Introducing Solitude, a small venture… rider, Dom Knight, and videographer, Duncan Yeldham, introduced along with the help of Hunt Bike Wheels. With summer season 2020 well past us, Graphic Designer and Content material Creator Dom, with Duncan, have collated what they filmed and shot over that summer season.
For many, 2020 took a flip for the worst. Personally, with flights booked again to Whistler for Might 2020, and with COVID-19 not going away any time quickly, it was clear that as a Mountain Biker who spends his summers overseas, the familiarity of locations like Whistler, Queenstown and The French Alps needed to be exchanged for one thing else. It needed to be one thing to provide my using an actual goal all through this world pandemic…one thing that might see me distracted from all of the insanity on this planet.
An enormous a part of capturing the idea inside this venture was having pictures that actually gave you the interpretation of escapism on the bike, actually capturing that second of solitude. I began envisioning pictures and methods at specific places. Picturing pictures earlier than I’ve attained them is a course of I’ve adopted for some time now, I discover it helps me get overvalued for a days using, It permits me to begin the method of my development every time I get out on my bike, it additionally actually helps hold my head distracted from something unfavorable round me (Like a world pandemic).
With so many pictures in thoughts, there was a bit of labor to do, I spent a month training and dialing in a brand new trick that I needed for a selected shot. Plus there was some work that wanted doing on a number of of the options I deliberate to hit, whether or not that was merely a little bit of upkeep or stripping down and rebuilding a completely new soar altogether.
The tuck no hander shot must be the spotlight of the entire venture. This can be a trick I realized particularly for this location. This was really the primary shot I had in thoughts manner earlier than we even began taking pictures. I needed to flip it, however with my confidence not massively excessive having not flipped my DH bike for a number of years, an upcoming journey to Morzine, and with the hospitals overrun with COVID sufferers, I felt it wasn’t the appropriate second, subsequent 12 months! (excuses I do know). – Shot by Harry Roberts
With the UK out and in of lockdown and restrictions all summer season, we selected to stay near residence for our places, giving us a greater probability to maintain the momentum of the venture going. With all our places not more than 10 minutes from my home, and with Duncan 30 minutes away, it meant we could possibly be a little bit extra versatile with organising shoots amidst the unpredictable lockdown insanity. We had the assistance of some photographers alongside the way in which and an enormous thanks exit to these guys – Harry Roberts, Roman Scott, Eden Farrow and Will Easey – every snapping among the sickest pictures that made plenty of this worthwhile.
“What drew me to this venture particularly was Dom’s imaginative and prescient to pay homage to what using means to him. His love for it’s clear and his ardour shone by way of the shoot. There’s a way of freedom within the hills and although it’s solitary at occasions, there’s an amazing sense of splendor. Having been closely influenced by Mickey Smith’s ‘Dark Side of the Lens’ I grew to become drawn in the direction of telling tales by way of sport and what the exercise means to the participant.” – Duncan Yeldham
As talked about, we filmed and shot a lot of the venture in my hometown which is in West Sussex. Rising up there, it was one line specifically I favoured. The step-down hip soar to step up, the OG function which dates again to after I was 14, constructed by some good associates of mine. However after over a decade of using the road, and years of speaking about it, the choice to construct the road greater for the venture was a no brainer. Big shout out to Liam Saint for the assist in bringing that imaginative and prescient collectively.
We received fortunate with regard to crashes, with simply the one bailout of a one-footed flat desk, which is photographed above. I’m nonetheless not solely positive what occurred for me to bail out of fairly a easy trick ending up with what seems like me collaborating in a soccer match. However fortunately the touchdown is fairly steep, touchdown on my toes with a chic rag doll to complete and with the bike in a ditch…contemplating, we received away calmly.
Solitude, a phrase I feel is tremendous related in the mean time, with the world in a pandemic, individuals have needed to adapt and cope with elements of solitary confinement. Whereas the world is making an attempt to suppress the virus with lockdowns and social distancing, we’re all indirectly or one other having to cope with the inner, or exterior struggles, discovering our state of stability. It was from this idea that we got down to seize our venture… Solitude.
Big because of:
Hunt Mountain for the help in making this venture potential.
Directed by: Dom Knight & Duncan Yeldham
Rider: Dom Knight (@dkniightmtb)
Cinematography: Duncan Yeldham (@duncan_yeldham)
Primary Pictures: (Uncooked Photographs) by Harry Roberts (@harry.roberts.1), edited by Dom Knight
Further Pictures: Will Easey (@will.easey), Eden Farrow (@edenfarrowmusic) & Roman Scott (@roman_scott.jpg)
Further Footage: Will Liney & Ollie Nicholas
Colourist: Dan Carney
Graphic Design & Phrases by: Dom Knight