Through the Lens - Margus Riga

May 13, 2010
by Jordan Holmes  
Who are you, where do you reside, and what do you do for work?
Margus Riga. North Van, BC. I shoot photos for a living.

Have you always resided in BC, or did you live in another area?
I grew up in Toronto, then moved to BC because Toronto was boring.

Canon or Nikon? Why?
Apples and Oranges. Hazelnuts and Walnuts. Blondes and Brunettes. You get my point.

Have you ever attended schooling for photography or anything along those lines?
I took photography in High School, and read all three of Ansel Adams learning series books. I spend a lot of time studying other photographers who are way better than me.

What has been your most memorable shoot to date?
It's always the shoot I just shot. Which for me was a scope mission with Ryan Berrecloth on the Shore.

What is your most memorable shot to date?
There's this one of Steve Romaniuk, busting a one-footed, flat-as-shit table over a sixty-foot road gap in Kamloops. It was for the show Drop In, and it was one of those definitive moments that you look back on, like I am today, and say that took shit to the next level.

Do you ride bikes very often?
Not as often as I'd like.

Would you prefer to have a great day of riding, or a great day of shooting photos?

What is the feeling you try to give your images? What makes your shots unique?
I try to keep them real. Whatever that means.

What is the longest unsupported trip you have been on?
Five days, five nights.

What are your impressions on the Hurting For Vert Trip in 2009? Do you think it should be an annual thing?
That trip was all time. Revelstoke, Nelson, Rossland, with some of the best riders in the world? Yea, this should never happen again.

If you could shoot with any rider, anywhere in the world where would you go and with who?
By myself, out the front door, and up Mount Fromme.

What gear is in your bag?
Wouldn't you like to know. Really, it doesn't matter what you have, but how you use it.

If you could add 1 item to your backpack what would it be?
A fridge.

Why won't you wrestle with Mike Levy? Are you scared of his wiry physique?
This is the first I've heard of this. Where is he? I'll eat him for lunch.

You are a straight shooter when you talk, where does this trait come from?
I find honesty, no matter how brutal it can be, always works in your favor in the end.

Besides bikes, what other sports drive your creative needs?
Shooting other things besides biking keeps me fresh.

Any shout outs that you want to give out to friends or family?
I want to say thank you to all the athletes I've ever shot with. You are the reason why I'm not in tight jeans and a fedora shooting hot chicks in hot clothes. Wait a second. That sounds pretty good to me. Damn you athletes!

Check out Margus Riga's Pinkbike profile, as well as his personal site.


  • 5 1
 some fly pics..... keep up the good work
  • 3 1
 Margus kills it. Digging the grainy look and lighting.
  • 2 1
 awesome pictures dude
  • 3 0
 Margus, you freak, keep shootin', keep killin' it. Lookin' forward to another five days, five nights.
  • 3 1
 Wow that did nothing for me a fellow photographer share your gear dude like the rest of the through the lens interviews.
  • 2 0
 He's right though, it's more important how you use your gear than what it is. Too many people get caught up with what camera it is or what bike with what parts. Just because you have that camera doesn't mean you're going to be able to take as good a shot. Similarly, just because you buy a Trek Ticket doesn't mean you can ride like Brandon, look at the bigger picture. But other than that yes, he pretty much didn't answer a single question haha
  • 1 0
 Completely agree (see my comment above!). Of course it's more important to know how to use your gear than what's actually in your camera bag. That being said, what's in the bag definitely contributes to the end product, AND he also didn't really give any insight into tips or techniques anyway!

If you read this looking for help with your photo skills, you pretty much come away from it thinking that if you are a rad dude and have positive vibes you don't even have to carry a camera around, pictures will just appear with your watermark on them due to your awesomeness.

  • 1 0
 i like this guy! hes f*cking real and tell it how it should be told. theres were no questions asking how to compose a good photo, they were all about him. canon or nikon? who cares?? they are the same thing. photo bag? who cares? its how you use it.
  • 1 0
 excellent photos, doesnt really help me to improve my skills though, however i think that him and sterling lorence take the best mb photos around.
  • 2 0
 Haha the last answer is perfect ! Nice work, great stuff, keep it real !
  • 1 0
 Awesome work Margus, looking forward to riding/working with you! But no wrestling...
  • 2 1
 Sick stuff for sure. Pretty funny, too
  • 1 0
 Riga, Riga....
Riga is a capital of Latvia.
City name where i live
  • 2 2
 Maybe next time you could answer some of the questions so we can learn something other than how big of a wise-ass you are!
  • 1 0
 that picture of all those doods chillin is rad
  • 1 0
 Why is there a Pat Mulrooney shot in there? Great stuff by both photogs!
  • 1 0
 Pat and Margus are good friends. That's Margus riding.
  • 2 1
  • 1 0
 Awesome work dude!

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