Video: Thomas Genon & JB Liautard Create Stunning Photographs in 'The Art of MTB 2'

Sep 22, 2021
by Jb Liautard  


There’s no smoke without fire
There’s no trick without trial
There’s no perfect shot without preparation
There’s no result without collaboration



Following the first installment of The Art of MTB #1, JB Liautard and Thomas Genon are back with another collection of incredible photographs that marry the beauty of photography with that of mountain biking. And this time, we get to see behind the scenes in a fascinating film that reveals the depth of detail required to get that money shot.

From satellite images to hand-drawn diagrams. From the texture of the rock to the cultural heritage of the jumps. From the exact light of a sunset to a flash sticky-taped to a drone. When it comes to Jb Liautard and Thomas Genon, there’s no art without some science, and no madness without some method.

Their patience, perseverance, and very particular attention to detail produces something magical. Jb builds the idea, and Thomas buys into it. When their vision and skill collide, that snapshot in time is perfection.








bigquotesMountain biking photography is something specific because it’s a really fast sport with a lot of codes and culture, I think that you really have to understand the sport to make it work. Most of the time, my photos are the result of a collaboration with an athlete where I try to mix action sport and art together. We talk about the idea, give each other advice, we fail, come back, and sometimes we make it work after a lot of tries. It’s definitely a case of teamwork; perfectionism on both sides is something essential to me.Jb Liautard








bigquotesI really like working on the small details and Jb also has this state of mind. When you know that most of the time his shots are not edited a lot, you ask yourself how he does it. The goal behind this episode is to show all the work behind the pictures. After the first episode, we had some ideas and builds that we didn’t use. We wanted to explore those as well. It was quite spontaneous.Thomas Genon







bigquotesI’ve been shooting photos for seven years now and behind-the-scenes videos are something I really enjoy doing and watching. In a world where social networks and Photoshop are taking over the internet, I think it’s essential to go back to basics and show something a bit more real. I like doing things in a DIY way and have as many things as possible done in the field. As mountain biking is an outdoor sport, weather conditions are also a key element. If there are clouds on the horizon, you don’t get the sunset, if the wind goes the wrong direction, the smoke doesn’t fill the frame. It sometimes takes such a big team to make just one photo happen. We had a lot of people helping us with this video: videographers, diggers, assistants, and friends, and it was amazing to have so much support.Jb Liautard







Rider: Thomas Genon
Photography: Jb Liautard
Video: Abel Nury & Jb Liautard
Additional Filming: Jules Langeard / Anna-Margret Noorhani / Romain Lafite
Produced by: Shimano


10 Comments

  • 7 0
 That was cool...I love to see creative people doing what they do and getting insight into how much work goes into some of these vidoes that we click on and move on after 2-3 minutes...keep it up!
  • 2 0
 hey oui laaaa l'Ardeche! ca me rappelle qd Thomas s'etait pointe du cote d'Annonay sur mon champ de bosses. il n'avait que 14ans et deja envoyait fort!
  • 1 0
 WOW! That is some outstanding work! The amount of creativity you need to have to imagine these pictures beforehand and to plan every little thing... just awesome!
  • 2 0
 huge hits with a vineyard in the background........noice
  • 2 0
 Unbelievable photos! Wish I had 1/100th of the talent and vision.
  • 1 0
 So nice. That was impressive. Se how much work need for a photo. Best bike photos I ever saw.
  • 1 0
 JB's got some thinking to do before choosing his POY submission! So many contenders just from this project alone. Smile
  • 1 0
 La friiiiite, tout un art!
  • 1 0
 More of this pleaseSmile
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