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Laurence Crossman-Emms' 2015 Christmas Shot - How it Came to Be

Dec 29, 2015
by Laurence Crossman-Emms  
Forcing the perspective between reality and make believe this Christmas to make sure Santa delivers all you guys your bike gifts this Xmas Merry Christmas 2015 to you all and wishing you all the best...Cheers Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Words: Duane "Santa" Walker
Main Photo: Laurence Crossman-Emms
BTS Photos: Duane Walker

From a spontaneous idea six years ago to take a festive riding photo, the Christmas photo shoot has grown into something of a tradition between Laurence and myself.

Santa takes on everything that is is thrown at him to make sure you guys get all your bike gifts this Xmas Merry Christmas 2014 to you all and wishing you all the best...Cheers Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Trail blazing Santa Claus out this Christmas to deliver all your bicycle presents. Wishing all you all a massive Merry Christmas and festive holidays - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Amongst the annual chaos of finishing off studies or work before the holidays, deciding what bike parts to put on our wish-lists, and driving around the country to see friends and family, we have had the photo shoot to look forward to. This has always been a stressful, last minute, unplanned affair, a day or two before Christmas, with no location scoping and more often than not, terrible weather.

While I am more than happy riding a bike, and Laurence is of course, more than happy taking photographs, every year the Christmas photo shoot brings with it a unique selection of problems and issues. Whether my handlebar has snagged on the Santa suit mid-air causing me to crash and snap my fork, or getting blinded in the air by excessive amounts of milk and flour, or the wooden trailer full of presents has almost set on fire due to the trail being on fire, the shoots are always both challenging and hilarious in equal measures.

Once again Bike Santa is just gets the job done delivering all your bike related gifts this Christmas whist Snowboard Santa gets drunk and angry that he cant shred the pow - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas this year. Bike Santa making the extra effort to delivery your bicycle related presents this 2011 - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com - Ps. No Photoshop.

Each of the past five Christmas photos has been more dramatic than the previous, with fireworks, smoke bombs, flour, milk, petrol fires, and poi all getting involved.

For 2015, Laurence and I decided to go for a more stripped back photo, with none of the over-the-top theatrics of previous years. Instead, Laurence was keen to experiment with perspectives and scaling. After throwing around a few ideas, we settled on using model scenery and a distant but well-placed child, to give the impression of Santa jumping over the countryside, under the watchful gaze of 3-year-old Josh. After a hectic morning of model railway scenery tutorials on Youtube, Christmas shopping madness in the pursuit of fake grass, and paper-mache mountain creating, we headed out to the Welsh hills to capture Santa’s escapades.

Xmas Photo 2015 Behind the Scenes Snaps
First initial idea processing.
Xmas Photo 2015 Behind the Scenes Snaps
Trying to get an idea of the perspective, feel and scale of the photo.
Xmas Photo 2015 Behind the Scenes Snaps
Construction of the paper-mache scene.
Xmas Photo 2015 Behind the Scenes Snaps
Checking angles along the way!

As always, the shoot didn’t quite go as planned, with a last minute location change, bad weather, and the required angles for the scaling and perspective tricky to achieve. We persevered, and Laurence was able to work with what we had, resulting in this year’s Christmas photo!

Xmas Photo 2015 Behind the Scenes Snaps
The finished paint foreground scene.
Xmas Photo 2015 Behind the Scenes Snaps
On location with scene and camera in place, kicker and rider prepped.

2010...the first of the Xmas Photoshoots.

We hope that you all enjoy this photo (and the ones past), and have a great Christmas and New Year's holiday season!

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  • 17 1
 awesome....what an Idea...so great your picstyle !!!
  • 3 0
 Tell Laurence to get his arse on Singletrackworld... The skillz to make fat old beardy guys on XPENSIV bicycles look not only slim but sylish and able to jump would be a license to print $$ over there.
Happy Christmas Son Wink
  • 4 0
 Damn, I had wondered how this was shot and where his landing was. I had no idea that the terrain was a foreground model.
  • 2 0
 pure pieces of art ! I'd buy that
  • 2 0
 A great tradition! I'll be looking for next years!????
Good work btw!!
  • 2 0
 Absolute legend ????

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