Meet our analog-ori­ented au­thors and pho­tog­ra­phers

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YE­LENA SOPHIA

Ye­lena Sophia is a com­mer­cial art di­rec­tor work­ing in Los An­ge­les. Her pho­tog­ra­phy projects fo­cus on mo­tor­cy­cling sub­cul­ture and have taken her from the ru­ral moun­tains of Cam­bo­dia to the brush in Mada­gas­car, and now to the dusty trenches of Gor­man, Cal­i­for­nia, for Babes in the Dirt, on page 15.

ELANA SCHERR

Writer Elana Scherr ma­jored in Art and English at UCLA. She’s since worked as a car­bon-fiber fab­ri­ca­tor (mak­ing mo­tor­cy­cle body­work), as an editor at Hot

Rod mag­a­zine, and as ed­i­torin-chief of Road­kill mag­a­zine. On page 86 in this is­sue, she pro­files the ex­tra­or­di­nary ef­fort it takes to run a Har­ley-david­son in Baja. She cur­rently owns sev­eral clas­sic cars and an un­rea­son­able num­ber of minibikes.

GARY “GAZ” BOULANGER

Gary Boulanger is a San Fran­cisco-based writer with a garage full of bikes. The Wis­con­sin na­tive spent 24 years re­port­ing on bi­cy­cles, switch­ing his fo­cus to mo­tor­cy­cles af­ter his son, Henri, opened his eyes to the magic of in­ter­nal com­bus­tion. A chance meet­ing with Mert Lawwill in 1998 evolved into an ob­ses­sion with On Any

Sun­day and a plum as­sign­ment, on page 69, to get a look in­side Lawwill’s shop— and his 20-year pas­sion project.

JAY WATSON

San Fran­cisco-based pho­tog­ra­pher Jay Watson spe­cial­izes in life­style, sports, and au­to­mo­tive work. Most of his pro­fes­sional and per­sonal in­flu­ences come from Cal­i­for­nia cul­ture—surfers, skaters, builders, and rad peo­ple. He pho­tographed one of the rad­dest of them all, mo­tor­cy­cling icon Mert Lawwill, for “Wrench Room” on page 69.

ADAM WAHEED

Tal­ented rider and writer Adam Waheed cut his teeth in the on­line pub­lish­ing world be­fore get­ting his hands dirty with ink. In this is­sue, he trades his full-face lid for a feath­er­weight bi­cy­cle hel­met, giv­ing us a run­down on Yamaha’s new power-as­sist pedal bi­cy­cles. Will it be enough for him to sell off his leather col­lec­tion and go full Ly­cra? Find out on page 40.

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