July 27th - A very cool day for me. I was an artist featured in the 'Un Verano En Nueva York' Art Show curated by Shaira. My subjects for the art show were Zane Simon, Chad Douglas and friends Marcus and Iry. The theme for the art show was summer time in NYC and I wanted to shoot some BMXers in their natural state. So boom, I hit Zane's line, he brought his friends and it was magic from there. Other than taking photos I loveeee to interview people. I've been slacking on my personal work outside of photography, but I couldn't pass on this opportunity to interview some new faces. Enjoy :)
Meet Zane and Chad
Name: Zane Simon & Chad Douglas
Age: Both 25
Where You're From: Brownsville & Flatbush
- How old were you when you first start biking?
Zane: I started riding Bmx at the age of 20.
Chad: Taking a wild guess, I was probably around the age of 5,6.
- When did you decide that you were going to be a BMX rider?
Zane: I made the decision to become a Bmx rider when I watched a couple riders do tricks at Union Square. This was my first time seeing someone do tricks on a bike and I knew from then I wanted to learn.
Chad: It was a smooth transition into me being considered a Bmx Rider. I would say 2006-2007
- Why BMX over skateboarding, or anything other extreme sport?
Zane: I never really was a fan of skateboarding or any other extreme sports. I love riding bikes and being able to do tricks makes it a plus.
Chad: Bmx biking is way more fun, it's convenient for travel, I can give girls a ride on my pegs and I can go fast.
- What advice would you give young kids that want to get into BMX riding?
Zane: Advice to kids is to have fun riding don't take it too seriously and everything will come in time.
Chad: Rule number 1 - Have Fun. Don't be scared to fall, falling is part of the learning experience. You have to be focused & positive or you'll fail. Try not to worry about what others think of you.
- Who is your favorite pro BMX rider?
Zane: My favorite Bmx rider is Courage Adams
Chad: I have a lot of favorites, too many. My favorite NYC pro BMX rider is Nigel Sylvester.
- What is your favorite trick to do?
Zane: Favorite trick to do is a bar spin
Chad: My favorite trick to do at the moment is a "Footjam-Tailwhip"
What are 5 things people don't know about you?
I bike everywhere I'm not the biggest fan of public transportation
I grew up in the Caribbean
I'm a Videographer / Photographer
played basketball most of my life before I picked up a bike
I wear all black Everyday
I iron my clothes before heading outside.
I love my family & friends
I'd rather watch a good movie with good food over partying.
I don't like lint on my clothes, I use a lint remover almost all the time before heading outside.
I fell on my mouth & had my bottom lip stitched