First off, what's your name, and where do you come from?
Keith Valentine aka Phunkt.com. From Edinburgh, Scotland 5 min walk from the UK's biggest skate park!How long ago did you start mountain biking?
I bought my first decent bike when I was 19, and to be honest I'm not much of a Downhiller, I'm much better at XC, and raced in my younger days.What made you feel you wanted to get behind the lens?
Well in 2003 I was invited to the Fort Bill world cup by my mate Joe. I loved it & I took a few snaps gave them to the web site and the rest is history.If you could be in any movie, what would it be, and who would you play?
Steve McQueen in the Great Escape, but I would make the jump over the wire on the bike & slip the Nazi's the finger!
You're not actually a full time Photographer. What's your main job?
Scottish Girls aren't bad either!
That's classified.. What's been your favourite, and least favourite races to shoot at, and why?
My fave was Vallnord bike park, Andorra. What great place - so many nice runs. Least fave was Dunkeld - just crap for photos unless the weather's on your side.
You're a big player in the "Wear bright kit" movement. What would you say to all those riders out there that wear black kits?
Stevie Smith in Vallnord, Andorra WC 2009.
Well it's not just the black kits, it's the hoodies & rain jackets also. Really guys and girls just step back and take a look at yourselves in photos - can you find any good ones in those outfits? Your killing me & Troy Lee etc! I've just stopped shooting them these days. Take a lesson from the Scott team, printed rain jackets, yeahhhh!Where can we find all of your work?
I put a select few on Pinkbike, but my full sets are all on Flickr
as I use it as a storage site & all my clients find my stuff there easily.
Blackberry or iPhone?
CG tearing up the turf at La Bresse last year.
Neither, try the HTC with the Android operating system.You've established yourself really well on the circuit with all the other 'togs and riders. Who's the best at dishing out and taking the banter?
There's so many nice chaps out there. I always seem to run into Ian Linton, Andy Dunwoody or Jacob (Gibbins) at a UK race. Svenny 4 flashes (Sven Martin), Flipper (Gary Perkin), Irmo etc, at World Cups. I find Dave, Si & the BDS chaps funny. I find most riders chatty... Hell, I will talk to anyone. Maybe me, Linton & Dunwoody give Jacob a hard time at races, but he takes it all as witty banter ha ha.
You haven't made it out to any world cups so far this year. Are you planning any trips to round off the season?
Danny Hart pulling his signature Barhump at Schladming last year.
Well that's not exactly true I did shoot the home world cups at Fort Bill & Dalby. I was very ill and missed mudabor (Maribor) & Leogang, but that did give me more time to concentrate on the British race series this year. But I'm going out with a bang as am off to the Windham, NYC World Cup & Mont St Anne World Champs. Can't wait to meet my Pinkbike buddies from across the pond.Other than your own, what's your favourite accent?
Canadian. I have family in Toronto.What's the biggest and gnarliest crash you've seen?
Adam Brayton (see pic). Speed is nothing without control mate, ha ha. He's the man & Jess Stone in Wales - soon to be released.What words of wisdom would you give to all the Amateur Photographers out there?
Take a photo - if you think it looks average - everyone else will too. So experiment, find your own style... & don't do it for the money!Finally, the big one. Canon or Nikon?
Well I use Canon. It's good value, but I think Nikon is better constructed (keep that to yourself). Ha ha
p.s let's put the fun back on the hill people! Pear Cider & Cod MW2 optional.
Thanks for taking the time to answer those questions Keith. Look out for Phunkt flashing everyone at the Windham World Cup and MSA World Champs.