Just returned from a 40 hour mission of no sleep and tons of grins in Baja with my great friend Greg Stahl. We were aboard two 1980 Suzuki DR400's, one of which my dad rode in Baja 27 years prior. It was a classic journey of tacos, topographic maps, GPS's, tents, backpacks, music, moto vans, beer, lobster and some of the most epic coastal riding around. Here's the story in pictures...
1 am taco stop
4 am, 20 miles down a dirt road and navigating
7 am wake up call in the moto van
Time to start the ride
Quick break at the van
Piss break on the beachfront
More navigation in an abandoned fish camp
Me more stoked than ever
A concrete factory we came across
Ditching the van and loading up the packs for a motorcycle backpacking mission
Living the dream
Staying on track with rolls of topographic maps
Sweeping turns at dusk
End of the road
Setting up a 10 hour time lapse
Moto camp...Nobody for miles
Traveling the expanse
Monday, August 23, 2010
Peru Rail from the tracks near Aguas Calientes, Peru
Photographer Note: Great friend Robert Kent and I spent two hours walking the train tracks in the Andes Mountains because our train stranded us on a permit technicality. We were tired and frustrated but we were traveling. It's all about rolling with the punches. There's nothing like being on the tracks with the locals.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Patrick Brady on his Captain America replica CMC chopper as seen in the movie Easy Rider with Peter Fonda - San Diego, California
Photographer Note: I was on my way to get a burrito when I saw this bike in front of a coffee shop. I waited until the owner came out and instantly struck up a conversation with the modern day wild man and free spirit. Originally from Ireland, he spoke of the time he met Peter Fonda aboard the motorcycle. "That's a great bike" Peter Fonda told Brady. For Brady it's about living life on your own terms and absolutely going for it all. He even offered to have me come stay on his apple farm in Julian. "you can stay in the teepee" he says. Cheers mate!
I would like to thank Patrick for traveling out to a shooting location to take these photographs.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
My dad Paul Holman and I going into the cave in search of bass at Lake Oroville, California.
It's always awesome when fish are being landed and you are fishing with your dad.
Photographer Note: I just returned from a very eventful trip to my hometown of Paradise, California. I always love when I get to hit the lake with my dad and fish like we used to when I was little. It's great to know that we can still catch fish on a consistent basis!
Friday, July 9, 2010
If you can set the scene in three pictures then you have a story. It's basic and simple and that's what you want.
A man getting off work, grabbing the dingy and rowing out to his home...a sailboat.
This is the San Diego lifestyle in three pictures.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
The local fishing village along the south coast - Peru
Photographer Note: I've really been into lifestyle photography lately. I've been looking at some of my older photographs and finding some of my favorite moments of lifestyle documentation. For me it's always been about getting the feel of a place and photographing the small stories that are happening at that moment.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Traveling to the mountains - Bishop, California
Photographer Note: I feel like I'm home when I'm in Bishop. When I think of where I want to live someday, I always think of a small little cabin close to the magic of the Eastern Sierra. If I could figure out a way to make a living up there I'd be packing up the truck right now.
James Halfacre exploring the Subway in Zion - Utah
Photographer Note: I had seen pictures of the Subway and I always wanted to see it in person. It's a spectacular place to hang out for the day. You'll get a kink in your neck because you tend to look up and stare a lot.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Curtis Major doing the dishes at our beachfront camp - Baja
Photographer Note: What's special about doing the dishes? Nothing, except for the fact that you are camped on the beach in remote Baja without a care in the world. Chores tend to be more fun when you are living like this.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Lifeguards practicing cliffside rescues along Sunset Cliffs - Ocean Beach, California
Photographer Note: These guys knew I was there so they were having fun with me. I can assure you that if this were a real scenario this wouldn't be the picture. San Diego lifeguards have a pretty kush life and that's why I was photographing them. This is the moment of taking the day off to practice and have fun.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Here I am guiding great friend Cory Lashell up the Mountaineer's Route and topping out at 14,500 feet on Mount Whitney. This mountain has a lot of meaning to me. My grandmother died while I was atop the summit. I took her picture to the top and showed her the amazing view the following year. I'm not a crazy adventurer with superb technical skills but my trips have a certain spirit to them. That's what I want to be known for.
Clay Buddington reading Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire and enjoying the evening along the Pacific Crest Trail - San Diego
Photographer Note: The trail goes from Mexico to Canada and is 2600 miles long. It's nice to be able to hop in the car and be on the infamous "trekking highway" within 45 minutes of downtown San Diego. I'll do it one day and figure out a way to document it like it's never been done before.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Greg and Stephanie Stahl watching the sun go down in Joshua Tree - California
Photographer Note: When a climbing crash pad seems like a hotel room, you know you've been around the block. It's not about nice clothes, ordering room service, driving a flashy car or an elaborate job title. It comes down to being around people who can turn an idea into reality based purely on life experience. The amount of money funding a project becomes only a minor detail.
Greg Stahl swapping out a flat front tire deep in the Mexican outback.
Photographer Note: The roads were bad the year I took this photograph. Fixing a flat is a minor repair but if something goes wrong you are dead in the water. We tend to crack jokes until the problem is solved. As soon as the problems start happening the camera starts rolling.
Curtis Major and I battling it out with a stack of 52 and a couple brews- Yosemite, California
Photographer Note: You know a place is special when people travel from all over the world to see it, but it's a little much during peak season. There are so many people buzzing around that you feel like you are playing cards in a Las Vegas casino. Major and I chose to turn up the raggae music to drown out the commotion.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
When you're dirtbagging it you tend to think in terms of the animal kingdom. As we say, you don't brush your teeth, you scrub your tusks. Here I am getting ready to scrub those tusks with great friend Stephanie Stahl - Alabama Hills, California (Photo Cred: Curtis Major)
Greg and Stephanie Stahl setting up camp along the Lost Coast - California
Photographer Note: The California coastline is one of the most spectacular pieces of real estate in the world. The Lost Coast is rugged, beautiful and offers up some epic beachfront camps right on the sand . We had music, margaritas, great food and no worries. Life doesn't get any better.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Curtis Major getting water to make some tea as the rain begins to fall - High Sierra, California
Photographer Note: A hot beverage is crucial on those cold days high in the mountains. It gives you a boost, warms you up, and makes you stop and appreciate where you are. I wish I was there right now.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Kasey Hofer making sure we got everything after we just hitched a ride from the van driving away - Mojave Desert, California
Photographer Note: You don't get moments like this unless you are right there in the situation. Hofer and I flew a sign and got picked up in style. Once we hopped in the van it was apparent we weren't hitching a ride with an ordinary fellow. He handed us an energy drink and we began shooting the shit. It just so happens he is the twice winner of the infamous Baja 1000 off road race. Kasey and I looked at each other like, "you gotta be kidding me."
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Paul Lang (right) leaving the Baja trailer and heading to the beach - San Quintin
Photographer Note: I've been fortunate to have stayed at some classic Baja basecamps. You don't need much more than an old truck camper on cinder blocks, a Waverunner and a kayak.
Paul Lang (right) and Kyle Stich laxin' at Baja basecamp.