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MotoUSA Photo of the Week – Oct. 21, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011
Smgs photo of a shagged Michelin in greyscale is a simple yet artful image.
Smg's colorless photo of a well used rear tire is simple and uncluttered, creating a very strong image.
It's hard to believe that we've been doing the MotoUSA Photo of the Week for over six months, but we now have a pool of 28 photos that will be considered for the EVS Photo of the Year. The latest entry into the POTW group is the second winner from Motorcycle USA Forums user smg. His greyscale image of a shagged Michelin Power rear tire shows the close-up beauty that is present in many aspects of motorcycling, and what motorcyclists see as art. I mean what other group of people would get excited about a photo of a used up tire? Originally smg submitted a color version, but I feel the colorless variant is a bit stronger. The Power logo on the tire pops a bit more and the textured rubber has a glow that isn't there in the true-to-life color. I'm also diggin' the ultra-narrow depth of field and the diagonal lines in the background that adds a bit of visual tension. Really nice work, smg. You've now doubled you chances to take home $500 worth of EVS gear for the POTY.

Smg's photo got me thinking about the moto-photo weekly tip, and as my favorite architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe famously said, "Less is more." When trying to communicate a strong message from your images, simple strong lines and a
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singular focus can do just that. Not only can the less-is-more idiom convey a strong image, it can create true art. I would have no problem hanging smg's shot in my office as a piece of art. It's almost an abstract of what riding is. So look for the beauty in your motorcycling travels, get close and keep it simple. You may just find your own work of motorcycle inspired art where you never thought you would. Until next week, happy riding and shooting!

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