"I want the next image to be the best"
I'm Jason, and this is the statement which best sums up my approach to photography, and probably anyone who is involved in the creative arts. Whatever you do, your own self critical eye always says you can do better next time. Constantly driving yourself to continuously improve.
I started photography to 'capture the moment' from the motorsports events I attended. I've been a regular at motorycle racing meetings since about the age of 9 or 10 when my step-father took him to Brands Hatch to see the legendary Barry Sheene in one of the 'Trans-Atlantic Trophy' rounds. I was lucky to see him in the paddock area.
Seeing the highs and lows of motorcycle racing first-hand gave the bug to try and capture the excitement and tears that the sport brings. I started with a Kodak instamatic camera with next to no functions or setting at all, apart from the shutter release - so that meant developing a good panning technique was essential from a very young age! I should make it clear, that all images here have been taken from the spectator areas and without any media accreditation access areas.
From watching the excitement of motorcycle racing on TV, to going to see my first race, I became hooked and have been regularly going to race meetings ever since. Mainly the British Superbike Championship (BSB), but also World Superbike and MotoGP.
I use the shots in magazines as my inspiration, but I also try to get slightly different images to what everyone else does. I like the smell and feel of sleeping in the back of a van surrounded by the other riders and bikes. I like the emotion that the competitor have. I love the speed and the bravery shown by the riders, racing on the edge of physics. These are some of the things that I try to capture.
I'm really pleased, and proud that the top riders of BSB like and share my images with their followers. I would love to be able to support up and coming riders by providing images for use on social media and material for your sponsors at whatever level you are at on your career journey. I know that costs are important at all levels, but especially in the support classes where you often are working a 'normal' day job to earn as much money as you can to plough back into your racing. So I do have options to support any level.
It would be great to hear what you think of these images, and to hear your feedback on the never ending journey to improve. This journey can be followed on this website or on Instagram at @photostrada, so give me a follow.
If you would like me to provide your images for your website or social media, please do get in touch to discuss via the contact page.
See you trackside soon!