Some years ago, I was invited by a friend who enjoyed shooting targets to take his rifle and have a shot. I declined, never having fired a gun in my life, but I didn’t take long to persuade and before long I was taking his instructions: how to hold the gun; how to stand and how to breathe while doing so, and to be aware of recoil.
It occurred to me even then that this was a lot like shooting with a long lens - a strong grip, a steady hand, fire between breaths - and my experience with a camera may explain why I hit my target every time. One of our friends joked that if conscription was ever reintroduced, I’d be enlisted as a sniper. I’ve never to this day tried to shoot a moving target with a gun but, if the principles of doing so with a camera are transferrable, my friend might be right.
I’m reminded of this because last week I had the pleasure of heading up to The Whisky Bond to shoot Ghost Peloton, an ambitious piece of public art in which a group of cyclists and their bikes were kitted out with LED light suits before performing a series of choreographed movements. Even the best efforts of Glasgow weather were not enough to dampen my enthusiasm for what was a photographer’s heaven: a feast of light, colour and movement which gave me the opportunity to put my rarely-used panning skills to the test.
Here are a few photographs: