This weekend just gone I was planning to photograph the Pittards Trophy and Ham Hill Road Races hosted by Yeovil CC in Somerset. Unfortunately, due to some dodgy chicken on the Saturday night I decided to give it a miss (dont ask). I assumed that a relatively big race like Ham Hill would have a number of photographers attending and there would be plenty of images going around on Velo Uk, BC etc.
Imagine my surprise that over 24 hours later there appears to be no photographs of either event in circulation. I cant help wondering why this is. I can only assume that the proliferation of 'give away' photographers (those who are happy to give images away to anyone, any time) has meant that those experienced cycling photographers who sell images decided it was not worth while doing and therefore didn't attend. Whuilst I can fully understand this, it is a shame as this appears to be a growing trend. Personally I think this trend will ultimately mean that those who are committed to attending races and have the experience (and charge for images) will be less and less inclined to attend races.
How many races in the future will lack an experienced cycling photographer as the 'give aways' have put them off? I dont know but I suspect it will be more and more. I really hope I am wrong, but I know some are getting more disillusioned and have considered stopping a number of times, myself included. There will come a time that our passion is outweighed by our jadedness. Where will your 'give away' be then?
Anyway the'chicken' issues has resolved itself now, and I will be at the Les Ingram Memorial in Surrey this weekend coming.