On Assignment: Santa Cruz with Keith Bontrager Jun 23, 2013



This week has been very interesting. I came to SF to attend my photoshow at Mission Workshop and ended up picking up a few freelance photography gigs while I was here. One for Bike Mag, one for Benny Gold and Friday, I was in Santa Cruz, photographing Keith Bontrager. Talk about an intimidating assignment but it was one of the first times a company said they just wanted me to do my thing. Still, the pressure to nail a few shots for a brand and man like Bontrager is unnerving.

A friend of mine told me on Wednesday that if you’re not anxious, or nervous about your work, you’re not learning. Truer words have never been spoken. Challenge is part of growth, no matter what your profession. There’s no telling when I’ll be able to share some of the photos, but I felt like these two were abstract enough to post. As more and more assignments pop up, it’s harder for me to juggle the solid 8 hours a day it takes to run this site, but in a lot of ways, I feel like it’s only going to make things more engaging and interesting for everyone.

Right now, I couldn’t be more grateful for my audience and the opportunities that arise every day.

Thank you.

  • Kerry Nordstrom

    Glad you’re getting recognition for your photos John. Your sets tend to have a dramatic flow missing from many other cycling publications.

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      thanks bud

  • gregg k.

    I’ve been visiting PINP for years, the transformation from “guy with a camera” to photographer has been evident. Keep accepting the challenges.

    • Jamie McKeon


  • Guest

    Your photography is what inspires me to take my camera with me when I’m riding sometimes.

    I also pop in the site almost daily,keep up exactly what you’re doing.

  • Brad

    You’re photography is what inspires me to shoot when I go riding sometimes.Whether I’m up the trails on my BMX or out for a 60 mile road ride.

    I also pop in the site almost daily from over here in sunny England,keep up what you’re doing, I certainately dig it.