Well…I don’t really know what to say here. I hadn’t planned on writing this blog..hadn’t really even planned on talking about this at all but to a few friends…but I guess, for lack of better words, I’m feeling a bit inspired by a friend of mine right now.
He said to me “What’s up with 4theriders? It seems like the site has crawled to a halt” (or something like that…just with a lot more bad words).
Not much been going on with 4tr-land as of late…lots of reasons why, to be frank. Some I’ll talk about, some I wont. In fact, I have no plan with what I’m going to say or do in this blog right now, I’m just typing as things come to me.
I hadn’t realized that I had a big readership with this blog, to be honest. It only occurred to me when the wife of a friend arbitrarily brought it up to me, saying that she loved reading it. She’s not even a motorcyclist, yet the writings of myself, Kevin, Matt, and Max had touched her enough that she would keep coming back to read more. How many people actually even read this?!?
Anyhow, this year has been a rough one. A really rough one, actually. I often tell people that the Dow Jones directly reflects my income. If the Dow is down, photo sales are down. The economy affects EVERYONE. I provide a commodity based service. No one NEEDS photos…they just LIKE them. But people DO need to ride. Those of us that can afford to ride, do…but save our money for gas and tires…not for photos. Totally understandable! I’m the same way.
I didn’t start 4theriders for the money. Even now, I don’t do 4theriders for the money. I do it because I absolutely LOVE doing it. I love the motorbike community. I love motorbikes. I love to ride. I love to shoot. I love to change it up and be creative. I love the guys that I work with. Toe, [white] Kevin, Matt, [aZn] Kevin, Max…these are some of my best homies in the world! We’ve travelled to far away lands and seen and did things that we may have not otherwise seen or done because of 4theriders.
But it is my job. My sole means of income. And this year was BLEAK.
I’ve tried other avenues of photos to try and suppliment this years track related income…models, weddings, architecture, et cetera…but it’s not been enough to get me through this winter. I’ve not been able to put ANYTHING away for the winter at all. Normally, Id have stashed away enough cash to get me through until March or so…but not this year. Nothing.
That means it’s time to bite the bullet and get a 9-5′er. I don’t really know exactly what this means for the future of 4theriders… Next year, it might just be a hobby. I’ll do it when I can…but family comes first. I have to take care of my family. I have to get a “job.” It’s prolly not going to be easy in this economy too. Meh.
Nothing is concrete yet. Don’t think that 4theriders has foldeded up and won’t be around at all anymore…but things might be pretty different next year…who knows?
I want to thank all of you for a good run though. Regardless of the outcome, all of you have been what’s made the last few years of my life some of the best years of my life. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.
I can tell you that the last few months have been pretty hectic. Lots of personal stuff going on and all that riff-raff…but aside from the personal stuff, I have been getting around a bit… here’s some pics of the last few months of my life, in no particular order. Enjoy.
A sunset near Lassen National Park
From an architectural shoot
These doors could lead anywhere
Exploring the east side of the Sierra
Taking pictures in a church
Hiking many miles up a mountain range, then off-roading back down to recover my dirtbike
Visiting far away places
Riding trails that have not been ridden on in a LONG time
Hiking across the wilderness
Riding hundreds of miles solo and losing myself to nature
Crashing my RallEment in the snow during a blizzard (not pictured here, but it DID happen)
klaatu barada nikto!
Sailing with old friends
Exploring new places
Fixing broken bikes
Watching people fall down ATGATT
Driving in the snow
Spending time with my beautiful, fun, amazing girlfriend :)
And chasing rainbows… till I post again…
PS – I’m working on a new video right now. It’s unlike anything we’ve ever released before. No ETA…it’ll be done when it’s done.