13 Monochromatic Photos of Brendan Fairclough

13 Monochromatic Photos of Brendan Fairclough

22/07/2015
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22/07/2015

Brendan Fairclough…where do we start? One of the young legends of the sport best known for his unmistakable style on the bike – whips, nacs, and drifts are brashly thrown about the whole way down his World Cup race runs. Many consider Brendog to be the most stylish mountain biker of all time. Not just a world class DH racer, but as a solid finisher at Red Bull Rampage the last couple of years his skillset is broad on a bike. I first shot Brendan alongside Clay Porter in 2012. Here are a collection of Black and Whites I’ve shot between then and now.

Rampage 2012 - Raging down a raw, natural line.  A crash would unfortunately have Brendan sidelined for the big show.

Red Bull Rampage, 2012 – Raging down a raw, natural line. A crash would unfortunately have Brendan sidelined for the big show.

Lake Elsinore, CA 2013 - Shooting with Clay Porter/Metis Creative.

Lake Elsinore, CA 2013 – Shooting with Clay Porter/Metis Creative.

Somewhere in California, 2013 - One of the sketchiest transfers I've ever seen.  Although the photo does it no justice,  Brendan is hipping, narrowly missing the large rock on his left, landing on a banked wall and smashing a 90º loose turn in front of the camera.

Somewhere in California, 2013 – One of the sketchiest transfers I’ve ever seen. Although the photo does it no justice, Brendan is hipping, narrowly missing the large rock on his left, landing on a banked wall and massacring a loose 90º turn in front of the camera.

Pine Valley, 2014 - Taking calls in the office.

Pine Valley, 2014 – Taking calls in the office.

Red Bull Rampage, 2014 - First ride on his new DH bike.  Actually it's Josh Bender's old Banshee.

Red Bull Rampage, 2014 – First ride on his new DH bike. Actually it’s Josh Bender’s old Banshee.

Lake Elsinore, 2013 - Blasting into suburban squareland.

Lake Elsinore, 2013 – Blasting into suburban squareland.

Somewhere in Southern California, 2013.

Somewhere in Southern California, 2013.

Just pointing out the roost from scrubbing off the lip of this massive stepdown.  Lake Elsinore, 2013

Lake Elsinore, 2013 – Just pointing out the roost from scrubbing off the lip of this massive stepdown.

One of the most underrated lines at Rampage this past year(2014).  What you don't see is that to the right, the terrain drops off vertically about 60 feet down.  Pretty much do or die.

Red Bull Rampage, 2014 – One of the most underrated lines this year. What you don’t see is that to the right, the terrain drops off vertically about 60 feet down. With about a foot width for margin of error, basically it’s do or die.

Lake Elsinore, 2013

Lake Elsinore, 2013

Blasting with Brandon Semenuk and Nico Vink.   So moto.  Pine Valley, 2014

Pine Valley, 2014 – Blasting with Brandon Semenuk and Nico Vink. So moto.

The first time I've ever been completely roosted to the point that I had to send my camera in.  Lake Elsinore, 2013

Lake Elsinore, 2013 – The first time I’ve ever been completely roosted to the point where I had to send my camera in…worth it though.

Parting shot.  The first time I ever shot Brendog.  I was assisting Clay Porter for a Scott shoot...Somewhere in Southern California, 2012

Somewhere in Southern California, 2012 – Parting shot. The first time I ever shot Brendog. I was assisting Clay Porter for a Scott shoot. That is how you blow up a turn.