Monday, April 14, 2008

Triumph Thruxton

I sell myself as a people photographer specializing in location work, so what am I doing showing a photograph of a motorcycle in the studio? Well, let me explain.

I do photography for The John Alexander Gallery of Chestnut Hill. They specialize in Twentieth Century British handcrafted furniture and decorative arts. I photograph, tables, chairs, cabinets, lamps, umbrella stands, coat racks, dressers, bookcases, mirrors and so on. There are no personalities to deal with so for a few times a year, it’s a welcome change of pace.

A few weeks ago I received a call from John saying they had just received a new shipment and he wanted to know what my schedule was like over the next couple of weeks. We settled on a date and I agreed to meet him at his warehouse. I arrived early to hang the background and set up the lighting before John’s arrival, when we would go over the pieces to be photographed.

After spending about an hour setting up the background, lighting camera and computer, John walks in the door swinging a helmet by his side. “Addison, would you like to see my new toy!” he says, with a broad smile. “I followed him outside.

Sitting in the driveway was a new Triumph Thruxton 900. Named after the famous English racecourse where Triumph had set numerous endurance records in the 60’s. With it’s rear mounted footpegs and clip on handlebars, the Thruxton is a modern day reincarnation of the classic café racers of yesteryear.

John asked me if I wanted to take it for a spin. I was Tempted but I told him “no thanks, I didn’t want to ride it, I wanted to photograph it!” It only had sixteen miles showing on the odometer and I wanted to photograph it while it was still in showroom condition. Next time he offers to let me take it for a ride I'll have a different reply.

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