Singletrack Magazine has always prided itself in the quality of its photographs and the skills of its contributors. In this day and age when everyone is now a photographer and your phone is always to hand to snap whatever catches your eye, it’s easier than ever to take a good picture. But a really great picture is one that makes you stop and look again, wonder at the situation, marvel at the trail or the characters in it and to really feel that you’re there. The last year has seen some great photography in the magazine, and here we have three images which are all brilliant – in different ways:
- Rider/Snow/Moon – Nathan Hughes Issue 115, p18
- Issue 118 Cover Image – Sam Needham
- Issue 120 Cover Image – Sven Martin
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Rider/Snow/Moon – Nathan Hughes. Issue 115, p18
The perfect placement of rider, caught at the exact right time, as the moon glances over his shoulder from the darkness of space. Nathan Hughes’ photo shows either perfect patience, or a really good knowledge of the astronomical calendar. The rest of the feature is full of bangers too.
Sam Needham – Issue 118 cover image.
Believe it or not, this is Sam Needham’s third self-shot cover for us. While the rider is Rich Norgate, Sam was piloting the speeder-bike as it made its way through the final few kilometres of the streets of Menton to the Mediterranean and the end of the 2017 Trans Provence. A glimpse of singletrack at the end of the concrete tunnel gives us a hint of the trails beyond.
Sven Martin – Issue 119 cover image.
What does a World Cup and EWS photographer do in the off season? He goes and gets away from it all with a few friends, bikes, barbecues, some 4x4s and no phone signal at all. This cover, shot in Sven’s adopted New Zealand homeland perfectly sums up the spirit of adventure.
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