Bliss in Women Motorcycle Riders’ Smiles
Have you ever noticed how anytime a woman is photographed aside, on, or with her motorcycle – it’s accompanied by a massively huge radiant smile? You sense the happiness – you feel it. The emotion comes directly through the camera’s lens portraying her bliss – her love of the activity. Just have a look at the International Female Ride Day Photos!
Here’s one photo in particular, a favourite of mine I took of rider friend Andrea. In the mirror is a happy, enthusiastic face. Even though Andrea is always positive and an incredibly good-natured person with a contagious laugh; I caught her “havin’ fun feeling” reflection in her own motorcycle mirror. This was just before moving off for the yearly WROAR ride (Women Ride Out Against Rape) Toronto. The photo also shows the background image of another female participant as she heads out to join the main group.
I’m reminded of one of my own photo moments while exiting famed seaside Dutch Zandvoort Circuit spring 1999 —after my very first race!
I had a Ducati 750 ssc at the time. This picture taken on 2 May 1998 captured the true “high” I was on. Now so many racing years later, I recollect those 12 laps of sheer adrenaline induced motorsport pleasure.
The smile you see under my helmet was an uncontrolled product of numerous genuine feelings, not a pose for the camera. This too was the very day, my first race, I got hooked on racing.