For every image that makes it into a publication, whether print or online, there was likely a contact sheet's worth of alternatives that didn't quite make the cut. For whatever reason, be it falling victim to a specific editorial style or that a rider didn't quite get the result on the day, often even a photographer's favourite image will never see the light of day. In this series, we're hoping to shed light on those that have been relegated to the confines of a hard drive.
Introducing Calvin Huth, the man behind the No Bad Days YouTube and a videographer/photographer who has really caught our yes in the past 12 months. His edits are original and awful lot more thoughtful than your standard fare while his No Bad Days Talk Show is possibly the funniest thing in mountain biking today. We're stoked Red Bull have taken notice and now use him on Crankworx coverage too.
In this instalment of Disposed, Calvin gives us insight into five photographs that have played a seminal role in his life but slipped through the cracks.
My main connection to cinematography and videography has always been riding, and dirt jumps are definitely my favourite type of riding. I was fortunate enough to move out west and find friends that were as into jumping as I was. The Vancouver Island ride scene is actually pretty insane. We have almost as many jump spots as we do riders.
Though it is a small crew it is filled with dedicated guys who all help to dig and ride sick jumps. I’m pretty fortunate to apart of such a rad scene. I definitely wouldn’t be riding such sick of jumps if it wasn’t for the crew! This is a photo of myself taken by Nelson photographer Steve Robert.
I quit riding for about six years, finding my way back into riding again at 22. I was fortunate enough to meet Nanaimo trail boss Daniel Fleury, he is one of the most hard working and down to earth people I know. He introduced me to his spot, Laguna.
I am still blown away at the fact he built these monster by hand. When I first laid eyes on these jumps I was hooked. I started going out there almost daily to help maintain the jumps with him. We would make changes to the line, building new jumps, and of course when the conditions were right we would ride. It was ultimately the spot that helped bringing riding back into my life. Thanks Dan!
This shot is of the second jump at Laguna shot from the air. I always enjoy trying to find a unique perspective.
Spooks is a spot Darren Berrecloth found many moons ago. At first it was just a place where Claw would go create features for his NWD parts. Slowly over time it turned into the local community jump spot and ended up with the name of Spooks. Dig alone here and you’ll understand the name. It is honestly the most beautiful trails spot I could dream up; crazy ferns, droopy maples and towering cedars! “It looks like Jurassic Park in here” - Says all first time visitors.
This was an all time session in the fall with Darren Berrecloth, Jordie Lunn and Ryan Morris. We showed up expecting the jumps to be destroyed due to the recent storm. Instead we found leaves spread over the ready to ride jumps. A small rake and they were good to go for the final session of the year. This was another special day for the memory books!
When you live on the west coast it is not often you get a true snowfall that leaves you with the ability to ride and explore the outdoors. I received a text from Daniel Fleury that himself and Dillon Butcher were going to dig and ride this big bike jump they had built. They wanted to fix it, ride it, and possibly get some photos in the snow. Luckily I responded to the text and dropped what I was doing; I ended up getting some of my favourite shots I’ve ever taken. One of the photos from this day actually made it into the photo of the year contest and is probably my favourite photo I’ve every taken. It’s a day that I will remember forever.
I find it funny that I can go out hundreds of days to take photos and most of them result in good days, however it’s that one day that you least expect it. That random Tuesday afternoon where everything falls right into place for you. That’s what I love most about photography, you truly need to go to know!
My favourite part of filming had to be the stories behind the lens. I feel that when I am able to capture what has happened and portrait that emotion is when I have done my best work. This is a photo I took between clips of Alex Volokhov for our most recent video “Love & Warfare.”
Alex build this hefty stepdown in the woods of Victoria. His plan was to flip it and on his first attempt he went deep and took one of the heaviest slams I’ve ever witnessed. Somehow he was okay and able to get back up. After fixing his body mark and tire tracks he went back up to give it another go. His second attempt was absolutely perfect! Knowing how much hard work goes into creating these features, then to stomp the flip was a moment I won’t soon forget.