Ricky AdamCameraNikonLensNikon fisheyeShutter speedFast!About the shotI made it only as far as France; my car engine caught fire doing 90 mph on a motorway exiting Paris. I admit it was my fault. I was speeding, traveling much too fast for a car that age — an ’81 Ford Cortina. But I had no choice — that thing drove with a heavy pull to the right at anything under 85 mph. I tore the plates off the smoking wreck and abandoned it, forcing me to hitchhike. Eventually, after hanging around for five-plus hours at a truck stop, I was picked up by the driver of a truck carrying frozen food bound for Slovakia. The first thing I noticed when I climbed into the cab was how small the driver was: He sat on a stack of cushions, and I noticed that the pedals in the cab were extended so his feet could reach them. Nonetheless, he was a cool guy, and the following four hours flew by while he entertained me with crazy stories involving him driving a truck all over mainland Europe for the past 15-plus years. Later, I was dropped off in Cologne, Germany, where I spotted a guy jumping over a trolley on his bike, next to a coffee shop. I was delusional from lack of sleep and badly in need of a caffeine fix, but first I pulled out my trusty Nikon and took a single photo, then knocked back the strongest cup of coffee known to man. I’m going to miss that car.BiographyI was born and raised in Northern Ireland and first discovered photography at the age of 16 after I took a few photos with a camera from my friend’s dad. I never had the money to buy a camera of my own until I turned 19. As soon as that happened, I was terminally hooked. I was attracted to the immediacy of photography, I was always good at art and painted a bit at school, but found the painting process too slow. I've always been a collector of things: records, books, magazines – so taking photos is sort of an extension of this. Being from a hardcore BMX/punk background myself, I began to shoot photographs of friends in the different scenes that I was involved with and made regular contributions to DIG BMX Magazine who are based in Belfast. The mag has a passion for stylistic BMX riding alongside a D.I.Y. punk ethic, so I could really tune into the magazine’s vision. These days, I’m the staff photographer, editor and janitor at their office in Belfast. I'm lucky enough to be able to travel the world with fellow weirdos, documenting the many unique aspects of BMX life. What I’ve learned is that if you have a real passion for photography or anything else, follow your heart and believe in what you do. It’s 2010, let's keep the energy going. It's all about what's happening today, now.