Reunion – In Search of Bangers.

Sep 8, 2011 at 16:04
by Laurence Crossman-Emms  

Definition:
bang·er ~ noun /baNGər/

1. A sausage
- bangers and mash (Nah)

2. A car in poor condition, esp. a noisy one
- "they've got an old banger" (Almost but not quite)

3. A loud explosive firework (this definition is more like it!)

Article Montage - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

The Story:
Duane Walker and I have spent a lot of time riding, building, and photo-shooting since we started riding bikes five or so years ago. Almost two years ago, we went our separate ways, Duane to Edinburgh University, and I to BC, Canada.

We finally met up again during Christmas holidays of 2010, and went out photo-shooting again for the first time in over a year. We had a number of shoots, many in places we used to ride at regularly, but also in a couple of new locations too. This is what we got.

The Aim:
In Laymans Terms ~ Head out...send it...shoot it...done. Basically we just wanted to get out there and just see what kind of material we can create and attempt to make it as orginal and conceptual as possible, using the environment around us.

The Photos:

Snow isnt going to stop us going out and riding bikes - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  The first shoot was at one of our most local spots, 20 minutes drive away. Having built quite a lot of trails and features here we felt it needed to be on the list. There was also the added element of a good covering of snow everywhere, so a good amount of time was spent clearing out run-ins, as well as drinking hot chocolate to keep warm.

A bit of night time riding on the pump track at Oneplanet Adventure Llandegla - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  Oneplanet Adventure in Coed Llandegla, North Wales has some excellent trails, as well as a skills area, pump track, and freeride track. Of course, most people ride there during daylight hours, but riding at night is fun too!


Duane whipping it out on the FR Track at Oneplanet Adventure Llandegla - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Special secret DH is dotted all over North Wales and Winnies is no exception - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  North Wales is really a Mecca for bike riding in the UK and has a huge amount of secret and natural trails just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. We played around on one of the more popular secret downhill tracks in Betws-y-Coed, as well as roll over some natural rocky terrain, there is really something for every kind of rider here, DH to XC to FR.

Riding some natural rock formation in the heart of North Wales - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

We had another shoot at out local spot (location of the first shoot). This time we actually had a defined shot we wanted to aim for, Christmas themed, and our good friend Tom Elmore got involved to help out too. The shot took a good 3-4 hours to set up for, involving generators, petrol fires, wrapping presents, and icy wooden ladders! Was all worth it at the end, as it got Picture of the Day on December 25th.
  We had another shoot at out local spot (location of the first shoot). This time we actually had a defined shot we wanted to aim for, Christmas themed, and our good friend Tom Elmore got involved to help out too. The shot took a good 3-4 hours to set up for, involving generators, petrol fires, wrapping presents, and icy wooden ladders! Was all worth it at the end, as it got Picture of the Day on December 25th.

Bit of sunset whipping on the booter tables loving every minute - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  MTB-Pursuits is a mountain-bike park in Cheshire, England and has a number of features and tracks including wooden drops, 4X track, variety of jumps, and a pump track. There are a couple of big table-tops which were actually made for the mountain-boarders but great for bikes too!

Laying it flat off the freshly built hip - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  Delamere Forest in Cheshire, England is one of those spots which has been around for years, and always changing. There are a few decent features which are fun for a play around on, one being the hip on the 4X track, which after not being there for a year had disappeared, se we bust out the shovels and rebuilt it bigger and better. Unfortunately Duane managed to dislocate his shoulder later on, on one of the larger road gaps, so the day ended with an ambulance trip to the hospital.

Working hard or hardly working - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  With each of the photo-shoots, we set out with the aim of getting one or two "bangers", rather than a lot of mediocre shots. We'll let you be the judge of whether we achieved that aim or not, but we certainly had fun trying!

Cheers, Laurence Crossman-Emms and Duane Walker.

Article Montage - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

All photos by Laurence Crossman-Emms Photography - www.laurence-ce.com

Big thanks go out to Oneplanet Adventure - www.oneplanetadventure.com

Helitape - www.helitape.co.uk
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60 Comments

  • + 37
 Yes Loz! Sick pictures, and as ever, was awesome to shoot with you Big Grin Good times!

Duane.
  • + 12
 each one easily POD. your hard work paid off guys!
  • - 2
 i say your one were sant is jumping the gap should be pod on christmas day!
  • + 1
 oh thats sick did not know that, well they repeat it lol
  • + 1
 awesome story. such a good idea getting the "bangers" suppose it makes you want to keep riding/ shooting until you get it just right
  • + 1
 glorious shots!!!!
  • + 0
 they are tripy but bad ass i like the christmas one it almost looks fake but it isnt
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  • + 14
 Great stuff as usual man, that one with the pump track and the slow shutter is spot on Camera
  • + 2
 Thanks man...I like that one too...I felt so bad hiding them all away since December haha.
  • + 3
 Worth the wait no doubt
  • + 1
 Spot on.. or as they say here in Aussie.. BANG ON!
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  • + 7
 This is one really inspiring article!
Love your work man!
Hope to see you around Llandegla soon Smile
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  • + 2
 Laurence,
Great work as always! Hoping to see you at Caersws Halo BDS on the 8th/9th as you've taken some awesome shots at the past BDS races. Keep
up the amazing pictures, your a star!
  • + 1
 Thanks Si...really appreciate that! And you sure will see me at Caersws...ill be there...I will try and find you and say hey. Thanks again man.
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  • + 4
 POD... Scroll down.... POD... Scroll down... AH... POD... more scrolling down to quickly realize yet another POD... PODS
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  • + 2
 My favorite pic was of all those tools. Never seen someone actually hang all their bike tools up like that. Wonder if my girlfriend would let me do that in her appartment lol.
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  • + 3
 Found that article really interesting, great work man. It's cool seeing photos of that quality from local spots like Delamere and MTB pursuits here on pinkbike!
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  • + 4
 Bangers, the lot of them!
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  • + 1
 Awesome shots Loz! Been waiting for something like this from you for a while. Had such a good time at Delamere that day watching how you actually work. Keep it up man!
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  • + 3
 WOW guys you make such great "material" Big Grin what team work Smile
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  • + 2
 Nice work guys. A few POD-worthy shots in one article here. Wink
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  • + 1
 the use of slow shutter speeds with flash is fantastic. Oh and the shredding is gnar gnar too!
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  • + 2
 This is great, love your work!
  • + 1
 Laurance, UK or Canada which do you prefer as far as life style?
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  • + 1
 awesome photos! i love the one with the star trails.I think they are all worth of POD
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  • + 1
 If anyone knows where the secret tracks in Betws are could you PM, thanks- also awesome shots
  • + 3
 Ehmmm, then they wouldn't be a secret now would they? Wink
  • + 1
 I know of one or two, but I don't live there and I didn't build them...
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  • + 1
 I think you certainly achieved many bangers right there. Im loving the MTB Pursuits one, Awesome work guys!
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  • + 1
 just got to say your photos inspire me to ride,great work. see you round degla soon.
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  • + 2
 This is so sweet really love it ,great work loz Smile
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  • + 2
 Gok Wan says: "Nice photos guys, your bangers look FABULOUS"
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  • + 1
 sick pics as usual bro Smile we need to ride! foel?
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  • + 1
 sick pictures for sure , a lot of fun !
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  • + 1
 stunning awesomely shots!! wowww
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  • + 2
 love you long time
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  • + 1
 SICK photos, wow. Nice job.
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  • + 1
 I reckon you've got a quite a few pod's in there. A screaming success!
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  • + 1
 Top class guys - all bangers in my book - inspiring work
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  • + 1
 Absolutely mind bottling shots! The art of photography to its max!
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  • + 1
 Some great photos there, nice one.
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  • + 1
 all these pics are pods!!
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  • + 1
 Awesome man, great article and the photos are amazing! Good job!
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  • + 1
 Yea Lozzz!!! Looking amazing, well worth the wait! Smile
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  • + 1
 Never get tired of looking at your shots, keep up the great work dude!
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  • + 1
 if you lot can put the xmas santa one as a post card id buy a whole load.
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  • + 1
 We clearly see the hard work to create such wonderful pics ! congrats !
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  • + 1
 Sweet pics as usual, killer job boyz!!!
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  • + 1
 Amazing shots, so many PODs. I love the santa one! Great work guys!
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  • + 1
 Thanks for sharing. Awesome work.
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  • + 1
 ....................sweet shots!
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  • + 1
 bangers for suuuuurrre
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  • + 1
 Yeah man, keep it up!
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  • + 1
 awesome shots...
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  • + 1
 Floating bike o.O?
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