8.13.2014

Oh Yeah Cyclocross is the Season

Ten years ago I finished my first film:

And making this one started a very deep relationship with Japan:

8.11.2014

Artist Residence: Kim Miskowicz

So exciting to see an artist working hands-on with film. Kim's paintings have really flowered, for me, in the last couple years, but I knew her work with film first. She's got her head down focussing on work for a show in September. I hope to have a follow up when the show opens.
Filmmaker-Painter Kim Miskowicz

8.03.2014

Fuji san

Pretty good feeling this morning on Mt. Fuji.
Looking off Fuji san

7.27.2014

Fuji san Revisited

Last year filming Finding Strong, I was mesmerized by Fuji san, so I decided to go back and experience it as a runner instead of as a filmmaker. This week I go back to the mountain and ask it to let me run on it. It's a place, a being, a force, which requires deference.
MooN Runner

7.15.2014

Some Things Last a Long Time

It's easy to lose sight of how long something can last in our world. Most things I buy won't be in my life a few years from now. I took a photo of this Herbrand wrench in Cameron Falconer's custom bicycle workshop in the Bayshore area of San Francisco. Just about everything in his shop, and also what comes out of his shop, are meant to last a very long time. I photograph many custom bike builders because I learn about permanence from them. The time I spend in their work spaces is informative. Watching the brazing and welding processes are interesting and they look magical in photos but all around there is evidence of permanence and I want to soak this up and share it too. The evidence is physical. The wrench. The evidence is behavioral. The builder's process.

In the shop. The Herbrand wrench sticks with me. I don't recognize the brand. It looks old. I think it is not used anymore. Then I think it is still used. I wonder about how it was made and how tools are made today. I know Cameron's process is slow. I know I can get lost in the possible histories of this wrench without missing the next spectacular step in his process. I hang out. I watch him. I think about wrenches. I want him to use the wrench but won't ask him to. The light in his shop is green from the fluorescent lights. I think about cross-processing and wish I had some positive film with me to try in this space. I talk to Cameron for a few minutes about cyclocross, which we both love, about how the really good race courses are disappearing. I see a very small, unique within custom builder circles, brazing torch and take a photo of it. Cameron sees this and points out that it's not his. I must credit it to Matt Feeney, he says, of Pass & Stow racks whom he shares the space with. This is Cam's way. Truth. No claiming. I like his honesty. His honesty sticks with me. I finish a roll of film. I think I'm done. I leave. I think more about the wrench. I think about Cam's way. A long time later I research the wrench and how it was made.
Falconer's Herbrand

7.11.2014

My Brother

My brother makes surfboards. Check them out (((here))). We are brothers, so you know, we get along some of the time. I grew up surfing until mountain bikes rolled into my life. My brother is all-in, though. I don't know what he'd be without it. It's strange to see something personal to you and your family go from an outsider thing to some kind of iconic all-American activity pimped out by fashion and pop cultures. My brother just does his thing in his own way. I've never seen him do anything hip. He likes country & western music. He makes short boards and SUPs, nothing retro or trendy. He makes boards in his "factory." He doesn't call it a shop. He doesn't romanticize the handmade aspect of his work. I respect that his way is rough and not flowery--his website says "surfboards for surfers." In my work I've written copy for ad agencies, I've strategized campaigns, I've photographed those campaigns, all with the intent of delivering a clear and controlled, highly developed and timely message in an aesthetically on-point style. In contrast almost all aspects of my brother's business irks me on some stylistic level, but regardless he's doing just fine and has had a successful business for 20+ years. He's my brother and I get to have him as he is, bad music and all. This photo I made in his backyard with a board he made for himself. I had my Nikon 35ti on me so i made a few quick photos before I left.
David Vernor

7.01.2014

What's Up

After the Finding Strong release last month I answered some questions from The Athletic about filmmaking, photo making, how the subject of running came into my consciousness and how I think about documenting sports;
"...I’ve always been surrounded by these things that aren’t really sports, but more like happenings, communities, expressions of life, or a lifestyle for lack of better words. I’ve always looked at cycling that way. Me and my friends riding are as important as any professional scene. I applied that thinking to running and thought I’d want to make some films about non-famous people running for the joy of it, the need for it, and as expression of their lives."
Check it out (((HERE))).