GET­TING CLOSER

Find­ing beauty in the pieces of race­tracks and rid­ers

Cycle World - - Photo Essay - Pho­tog­ra­phy by CALLO AL­BANESE

IIt’s just the pres­ence or ab­sence of light, tex­ture, and color. And while we’ve all seen thou­sands of pho­tos of rac­ers and race­tracks, the per­spec­tive of­fered by Ital­ian mo­tor­sports pho­tog­ra­pher Callo Al­banese takes us closer. Even though Al­banese calls him­self

“un fo­tografo ad alta ve­loc­ità” or “a high-speed pho­tog­ra­pher,” there is some­thing so serene and stud­ied in the work shown here.

Fol­low­ing both For­mula 1 car rac­ing and Mo­togp, Al­banese finds a new an­gle on the beauty of cir­cuits right down to paint and as­phalt tex­ture, though he in­cor­po­rates tech­ni­cal de­tails of ma­chines, shots of scuffed leathers, and mo­tor­cy­cles in mo­tion to broaden the art and give the viewer a new feel­ing for the drama of where and what we race.

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