This photo of Dakota Roche was shot in Mexico City on a trip with the Vans BMX team while filming for their first BMX DVD, Illustrated. Being the first video for a com-pany as respected as Vans, the team set the bar super high for this project and eve-ryone was trying to capture their best riding possible.
With that in mind, crashes, mental breakdowns, and epically long trick battles were inevitable. After putting in a lot of time trying to film a combo trick at this spot, getting close to pulling it a few times, and then crashing, Dakota had to take a break to deal with the stress and frustration that was overwhelming him at that moment.
When it comes to action photos, we’re all accustomed to seeing the rider in all their glory at the peak moment of action. But it’s also important to capture the process leading up to those pivotal moments, where the story and emotion are center stage as opposed to awe inspiring action.