This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Night.
I had a few ideas for the challenge before deciding to go simple, the prompt is night so photos taken at night. I then decided on only two photos taken about 40 years apart.
Inside a graveyard at night, Wybunbury, Cheshire, England. Taken in the late 1970s when I was a photography student. Part of an art school project although after all these years I don’t remember the brief. I do remember getting permission to take them. Nowadays there would probably have to be a healthy and safety assessment before entering such a dangerous location at night.
Wiarton Village Fair fireworks. Taken one year ago today. This year’s fireworks will be going off in around 15 hours. You get an idea of how big some of these modern commercial fireworks are when you compare them to the lights on the fun fair rides on the horizon. The photo was taken from over two miles away across Colpoy’s Bay from the dock in the village of Colpoy’s Bay.
The new Tuesday Photo Challenge is Night.
I had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of some of my motorcycle endurance racing shots taken in the middle of the night. This set is from the 1982 Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle race in France. Most of the shots feature Team Bike, the team I was there to cover.
Team Bike entering the start/finish straight at around 1 o’clock in the morning.
Team Bike entering the start/finish straight at around 11 o’clock at night.
A Team Bike rider departing the pits after a night time pit stop at around 1 o’clock in the morning.
A nighttime pit stop for Team Bike at around 3 o’clock in the morning.
Entering the start/finish straight at around midnight.
The new Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge is Motion.
This is the third version of my response to the challenge after deciding that the first two photos I picked were a bit to obvious.
This is a shot of one of the competitors in the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle race. The rider is exiting the last turn onto the start/finish straight. Taken around midnight, so 9 hours into the race with 15 to go.
This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is ‘The need for speed!!!’
Having shot a variety of motorsports for a couple of magazines in the 1980s I had a range of options in the archives.
However, once I started going through the archives there was an obvious pick. Motorcycle endurance racing was my favourite form of racing. So the pick is a long exposure of a bike entering the start/finish straight at night. Taken in 1982 at the Le Mans 24 hour race at around midnight if I recall correctly. Which meant that the rider, motorcycle and photographer were 9 hours in with 15 hours to go.
36 years ago this weekend I was in France for the 24 hour motorcycle endurance race. I was there to document a new British Endurance Racing team in their first race. I also helped out behind the scenes knowing both the riders and some of the pit crew.
This is Team Bike entering the start /finish straight at around 11 o’clock at night, 8 hours into the race. Or looking at it another way, only 16 more hours to go.
The bike leaves the pits after a night time pit stop.