This piece originated from a sequence I shot of Ryan Lloyd a couple summers back. I'd broken my right shoulder a few weeks earlier and spent most of the afternoon lying on my stomach on top of the landing of the 90° hip.
I knew what I was after, a sequence of a rider in a perfectly symmetrical arc. I knew that the two main ingredients were a tight hip and a rider who can whip the hell out out of it. Ryan came through with his part and the original sequence I ended up with was pretty awesome and Ryan was very happy with it too. But that wasn't good enough for me, I needed to push it a little further, I just wasn't sure how.
After looking up 'parabola' online I came upon dozens of crazy diagrams explaining parabolic curves, got excited about it and simply drew a diagram over the original sequence. At the time I thought it was pretty cool but no one else did. So I forgot about it until more than a year later I stumbled upon some old graph paper at my parents’ house and had a eureka moment.
I shot the paper on a desk with my hand and the pencils. The hard part came next – I had to mask out the original sequence from the background. That done I placed it into the paper shot, added a few filters and pencil strokes which gives it the appearance of being drawn, then with a custom brush to replicate a pencil crayon added all the graph details and words. So from shooting to final realization of an idea, 17 months!