Pedaling On The Road Of Life

A fine blog dedicated to sharing the dynamic imagery by me, photojournalist L.E. Baskow, begun during the summer months of 2011 on my cross-county bicycle photo project. It's a great place to monitor my work and see what I see, whom I meet and the interesting things that take place along my twisting road of photographic life.

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Catching up after a nice vacation with the family in Destin, miss the white and sandy beach already!  Here’s from the opening day at Cowabunga Bay water park, seems like a fun place to go with a group of friends :)

Lifelong friends Darius Martin, Colton Shrum and D’Aron Martin are incredibly close and recently graduated together from Odyssey Charter School in Las Vegas. Each have their own challenges but have formed bonds that will always be strong.

Another dynamic week with some very interesting people. There was a pet hospice vet, a collector, patriotic cleaner, criminals, fatals and fireworks amongst the other events that kept me busy. Vacation coming up in a week and so ready for it, life here can be a blur :D

Had an entertaining evening shooting boxing for ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME® live from the Hard Rock Hotel featuring some of the up-and-coming young boxers in the country. Gotta say that boxing is quite hard to shoot, tougher than it seems. Though there’s lots of punching going on to get the actual contact cleanly is a low-percentage for me, definitely have lots of shots of guy’s backs and heads :)

Been a good week of interesting people and assignments, a little bit of everything. Fortunate enough to shoot some more sports like boxing, golf and MMA which aren’t usually on my plate. David Copperfield seems like a nice guy and always like it when folks like him will take the time to interact with their fans - plenty don’t and they should be more appreciative of how they got to where they are (even if it’s a pain in the ass sometimes.) Best moment of the week is the kid picking his nose and his sister her ear at an auction this morning, they might have gotten the best picks of the day there :D

Some recent random images from about town, tiny glimpses into my little photo world here in Vegas land :)

More EDC just in case you needed one more fix. Not quite caught up on sleep yet but as Steve Marcus says, “You can sleep when you’re dead.”

Second night’s coverage of the EDC 2014 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, quite the experience!  Don’t normally stay up all night shooting and the energy level and focus definitely come and go, next time will surely have a better idea of how things go there. Was changing batteries within a photo pit and the Kinetic stage and somehow dropped my keys, it’s 4:30 a.m. and so begins a two-hour search to find them and a loss of prime shooting time.

Amazingly we run into a security chief back at the stage at daylight who just happens to have them in his pocket, what are the odds? Definitely need to make a spare copy and get another fob and keep better track of my keys, what a mess that would have been with my car at the speedway and all. Many thanks to my fellow staffer Christopher DeVargas who stuck by my side the whole time and helped me track them down. All in all a fun and interesting night and many lessons learned, maybe I should go back tonight?  Maybe not :D

Was fortunate enough to catch a ride on a Maverick Helicopter out to the opening night of EDC 2014 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. First time flying over the city via helicopter and definitely need to get back up for more, preferably at dusk. Back out there tonight for the whole thing, gonna be hurting by morning :D

Fun evening as Ron DeCar welcomes guests as his Viva Las Vegas Event Center hosts “Big Band is Back with Kat Ray” at the new, vintage Vegas-style venue. Some cool old music, outfits and couples dancing like my folks used to :D