documentary

I’ve been friends with the man pictured above for more than half a decade. It all started with a Craigslist search for my first motorcycle. 

I ran across an ad titled, “Faster than a raped ape, faster than a cheetah on cocaine.” I called him up and it spiraled from there…

Todd Kiergen is a rare man. He’s got a beard down to the middle of his chest that’s raggedy at the bottom because he keeps catching it in his drill press. He measures time in cigarettes. He’s got a stereo that hits stadium rock volume levels and I’ve seen some of his bikes fire three-foot flames out of their tail pipes. He can talk about compression ratios, valve clearance and various bike models until I’m totally lost, and then follow it up with a joke about racing an ugly woman to the light switch. I’ve never met anyone like him before. 

This originally appeared in Accent Magazine along with an essay that I wrote and some photographs. 

Reely and Truly is a short documentary about contemporary photography and what it means to be a photographer from filmmaker Tyrone Lebon

Filmed on a whole mess of formats (16mm, 8mm, super 8 etc.) and using a free form narrative and audio structure the film plays out like some kind of guided trip. 

If you have 30 minutes get coffee and headphones and sit down with this. If you don’t have 30 minutes do it anyway. 

Last year my buddy Andrew found himself in Ladakh, a little shred of mountainous terrain in the Himalayan covered part of northern India.

He’d come there to ride the famous mountain passes on an Enfield motorcycle. Despite it being low season he made that dream happen and he also made a little film about it. 

Sloane Sapan’s only athletic background was a youth spent pursuing ballet. She began her training in Crossfit to get into shape. Before she knew it she was hooked and thus began a four year journey to compete in one of the world’s fastest growing sports. This is the story of her journey from pirouettes to power cleans.

I spent about a year making this. There’s blood, sweat, tears and heavy weights. I’d love it if you’d take a look. 

Trailer for a documentary  called “In No Great Hurry” on photographer Saul Leiter.

I had never heard of him but apparently he was a pioneer of color photography who began work in the 1950s. He was mostly under the radar save for a show at MoMa in 1953.  

These words speak to my soul:

“I see no reason for being in a rush. When you consider many of the things that people treat very seriously, than you realize that they don’t deserve to be treated that seriously, and many of the things that people worry about are not really worth worrying about. If I didn’t do anything more than my little book wouldn’t that be enough?”