When I travel, I always have a camera on me and lately, it’s been a toss up between the Mamiya and the Leica. The only time I really carry my digital camera with me is if I am going to shoot a bike, or a shop, but in general, all my travel photos have been film. Which creates an overflow of randomness from each city I visit. Most of which don’t merit a post just by themselves. See some narrated photos of faces and places in the Gallery! Hey, if I don’t post them, they’ll sit on my hoard drive…
This is Levi Gold, Benny Gold‘s French bulldog. He’s kind of a big deal to the internet and he knows how to lay on the puppy points when there’s a track bike around… While I finish cataloging all my film from my trip to SF, you can stare into his big sappy eyes as he basks in the sunny spot at the Benny Gold warehouse.
Benny Gold and I have gotten to know each other over the years through various outlets, one of which being the track bike scene in SF. Back in the mid-2000’s Benny was designing logos for numerous bike shops and brands, including Mash and City Grounds. Since then, he’s been focusing almost exclusively on his brand. Each season, look books are essential in a brand’s marketing and while I was in SF, he wanted me to shoot some photos. I don’t really do lookbooks, so it was something different from my day to day shooting style.
I’ve been to SF a few times over the past year and every time, I’ve made it a point to swing through and see what Benny Gold has been up to. Many people don’t know this but Benny designed the Mash insignia and back in the early 2000’s, he traveled around the world with the crew. While Benny Gold isn’t a cycling brand per se, it’s in his blood. This last trip to SF, I rolled through the shop before heading out of town and chatted with him before leaving. It’s always extremely helpful to get business and creative advice from someone who’s done it all before and if there’s one thing Benny’s got plenty of, it’s experience.
One day, I’d love to work with him on a project. We’ve chatted about it a few times already, maybe something will come of it?
At any rate, check out some more shots from the Benny Gold storefront below and don’t forget to swoop up some of his Valencia Collection in store now. A lot of it is hand made in SF!