Being one of the finalists of Red Bull Illume 2019 was a great source of inspiration and motivation for my career. That’s why the first thing I did when I returned to Colombia was think about sessions with fellow athletes. When my family and I decided to celebrate the new year in Girarot, a place where my parents have a place to spend holidays, I called my friend Mario Molano, who is an athlete that has been doing BMX Freestyle for more than sixteen years to propose an idea that I had in mind.
The idea was to do a photo shoot using fireworks, something that is traditionally used to celebrate the new year, this motivated Mario so we met at the skate park at night and we started burning powder and taking pictures in the dirt jump section. The idea was to put a spark volcano in the middle of the jump, we also burned some grass behind it, illuminating it with a flash with a red gel to give atmosphere.
We were having a lot of fun, so I decided to use one of my favorite creative elements (the reflection) so I put water on the floor and placed the Olympus camera in the middle of this puddle, the rest of the session was to let the athlete do his job: doing his favorite tricks.
The wait is over and we can finally share the first new images of this year's Red Bull Illume Image Quest! Every week, we announce the semi-finalists of a different category, so stay tuned for more mind-blowing images.