Motorcycles are my passion. Especially vintage European motorcycles. I've been riding most of my life and recently started doing multi-day touring. As a kid, I recall leafing thru my dad's motorcycle magazines, looking at beautiful glossy photos of killer motorcycles and reading the articles that were often written with a lot of technical detail. Flash to Iron and Air, a magazine founded by a bunch of like-minded motorcycle enthusiasts from Manchester, New Hampshire who thru their love of custom motorcycles and motorcycle culture, took their fresh aesthetic and created what I'd call a mag that's not-your-dad's-motorcycle-magazine. Not that the classic mags aren't cool, but the I&A folks created something completely fresh and different to the genre. Gorgeous imagery, tasteful writing and an overall aesthetic that's cool and not pretentious. Since following them a few years ago, I'd always hoped to have a chance to contribute to the magazine. My wish came true a couple years ago, when they featured one of my motorcycle shoots on their web journal. Then a few months later, their Editor, Adam Fitzgerald, asked if I could shoot a feature for their Issue #17. I was over the moon and jumped at the chance. This feature was going to be more than just pretty pictures of motorcycles, it was to be a story about a former aerospace engineer who's created, Widow Jane, which happens to be some of the finest Bourbon North of Kentucky this country's seen in years. Daniel is a soft-spoken, yet incredibly focused dude who doesn't do anything less than 110%. When he's not working on Widow Jane, or his proprietary dark chocolate, he's flying a vintage Russian fighter plane or riding his incredible one-of-a-kind Keinocycles custom-built Vincent.
The story took me to the Widow Jane mine in upstate New York, where the water for Widow Jane is sourced. We spent the day in the mine and sampled chocolate and bourbon at Daniel's house which is across the street from the mine on a beautiful sprawl of land that spans acres along the river. I also spent time with Daniel at the Widow Jane distillery in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
I'm so honored to be a part of Iron & Air and can't wait to shoot another feature for them.