Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Baltimore - Abandoned story

"Dave "Super Dave" Dalmasso rides circles on a friend's street bike under an overpass near M&T Stadium in Baltimore on Sunday afternoon."

Back in Baltimore I was working on a story about a motorcycle stunt riding group. My hopes were to introduce readers to their way of life.

Their style was unique, always riding with caution, practicing non-stop in industrial areas and huge parking lots, so when they took their stunts to the streets that they were ready to stunt safely.

A small part of the story was how they too were trying to introduce others to the lifestyle they are apart of. Their "leader" has produced many DVDs, and continues to work on them.

But the biggest part of the story was this: In a land where murders and violence is prevalent, the group brought joy to those living on the streets of Baltimore.

There wasn't one person who didn't know them, no matter how deep in the dangerous parts of the city we went. It was an amazing sight to follow them into the "ghetto" and watch people come out from every direction with smiles on their faces. Everyone getting along. Police respected the group and not once was there ever any confrontation between the group and anyone.

Alas, since I am no longer in Baltimore, this is a story I had to regretfully abandon.

I finally decided to share some stuff. Here are a select (read: way too many) frames of the only the stunting itself.

They were always on one-wheel. I'll miss documenting these guys on and off their bikes. But at least I'll take away something I can always come back to one day, and for now, some singles.

Thoughts on any that stand out?

(edit: not sure why the first frame looks blurry. Here is it out of the slideshow)


Blogger said...

Cool stuff Patrick, I really dig the last few frames.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009 3:09:00 AM  
Blogger Mark Johnston said...

Awesome work Patrick!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009 12:09:00 PM  
Blogger charlie said...

color! color! color!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009 3:30:00 PM  
Blogger Luis said...

Absolutely love shots 6 and 9!
The rest is awesome but those too caught my attention!

Friday, September 04, 2009 4:40:00 PM  

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