This past weekend Brad Hill, or Bobby as he is known, gave me a copy of his new photo book, simply titled Bobby’s Book. Despite sharing his photographs on this site, in the pages Union Press, various BMXFU projects, and the odd magazine publication, he still had an overspill of photographs that deserved to be showcased and shared. He did what few people seem to do nowadays and self published his own full colour zine of photographs of his friends and where he’s from. Each photo steers clear of the all-too-common low fisheye angle exaggeration that is common in BMX photographs. Using a multitude of different analog cameras and films, the images are each laid out with careful consideration to the page’s background and hand written captions are scrawled in marker on scraps of paper. If you wanted to get a physical copy of the book you are unfortunately out of luck, as they are already all gone and spoken for. Despite that, Bobby put up a digital copy that you can flip through, and hopefully it inspires others to shoot more photos and share it with their friends.
“Greg Henry switch grinding the curved “nun” rail. A few good rail set-ups at this place but you always get bitched at for riding them by a group of nuns. One time one came out and told us she hoped we got hurt to which someone replied “well I hope you go to Hell.” Bet she didn’t sleep easy that night. This photo was shot on some expired film that Mikaël Cardin sent through.” Brad Hill
One of Canada’s finest right here, proving he put in serious work in 2012. A lot of familiar faces in this. Hell yah Bobby!
Brad Hill recently took a trip down to Austin, TX with Jordan Krupa and Chris Cadot to do what every BMX rider in Canada does or wishes they could do in the winter, go somewhere warmer. He shot a bunch of photos on assorted cameras and sent through a recap of their trip. Read what he had to say about the Lone Star state and check out his photos below.
14 days in Austin, TX. The land of guns and big tittied blondes. Nah, actually our experience wasn’t like that at all, although we did see a couple seedy girls in the airport and dodged getting involved in a prostitution ring in this bar called Barbs on their gay night. We actually found ourselves in the city of Austin which felt like it had no retiring community and was just flooded with young people and barely touched spots. Even with the skyline the city has, Austin is actually built out and not up. It covers 770 square kilometers giving plenty of land to roam. I mean we’ve all seen tons of Texas spots in videos, but it’s kind of hard to really comprehend how much shit there is to ride there until you see it for yourself. I think the leeway of having 14 days there also gave us enough time to appreciate it and just enough time to miss home as well. Here’s some of the photos from the trip that haven’t been on the internet yet.
- Brad Hill
Our friend Brad Hill (aka Bobby) just released his summer mixtape that he’s been working on. It’s stacked with footage from friends across Canada too long to list, and edited to an appropriately pairing of music from classic oldies to Juicy J. Start your morning off with right with this watch.
Well here’s an interesting visual piece for you. Photographer (and independent publisher of Mountains) Brooks Reynolds directed this wildly lit video featuring BMX riding from Lee Dennis, Brad Hill, Josh Lichti and a whole lot of fireworks. I don’t know really know too much more about it other than that it’s a fun video to watch.
Union Press 2 is out now and available for free in finer bike shops across Canada. Get your hands on a copy at your local shop or tell them to hit up Prashant/ Brad Hill or Ten Pack for FREE copies. Read on for a preview of what goodness lies inside. Props to Brad Hill and Prashant Gopal for making this and click here for all the details.