One of the great things about working with David at MotoMatters is that doing so gets me to some amazing places, now and then in position to grab an image that really means a lot to me. From time to time, one of those images resonates with others as well.
Last year at Catalunya I happened to get Casey Stoner dragging his elbow around Turn 5, and as soon as that shot appeared on this website it began an amazing journey. It's the only work of mine that has approached something that might be called 'viral' in how it spread around the world.
Before long I was hearing from new Twitter, Facebook and other fans, but also from Alpinestars, HRC and Repsol Honda, Bridgestone, and even from Casey himself, who asked for a copy of the image. His mechanics put the photo on their laptops as desktop wallpaper, and some of them are still using it. When I spoke to Adrianna Stoner and used the image to introduce myself at Silverstone, she said, "Oh, that's your picture. We still get it emailed to us about every five minutes."
At the time it was one of those images where I knew immediately that I had something very special. And while I was pleased to release a version in B&W, I had a frame made a split second earlier that I wanted to save for a special use. Of course at the time, I had no idea Casey would be announcing his retirement in the near future, which would mean that the opportunities to photograph his amazing talent on track were suddenly quite limited.
It took nearly a year to bring my plan to fruition, but I was finally able to get Casey to signed a limited edition of this print at the 2012 Laguna Seca round. Though I was very pleased to have reached that goal, an unexpected pleasure was seeing how much Casey likes the photograph of himself. He signed the prints in the Alpinestars hospitality, and was grinning the whole time.
I thought that would be the highest point of the experience related to this image. But in fact that was rivaled by some of the comments I've had from customers who have emailed or called upon receiving their copies of this signed print. For Casey Stoner fans, having this image signed by their favorite rider is something truly special, and it has been my honor to bring it to them.
The edition of 27 prints has been for sale via my personal website for a couple of weeks now, and at this point there are ten copies left, starting with #8 and including various numbers up to #26. The prints are 24x16" on lustre paper, mounted on Styrene, ready for matting and framing. The price is $750, and until Sunday evening (Sept 23, 2012), shipping to the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia is included. Starting Monday the 24th, there will be a small fee for shipping depending on the destination. Residents of California must pay applicable sales tax.
If you are interested in a specific number, please email me with your first, second and third choices in order of preference. I will gladly send your first choice if it's available. But the remaining copies are offered on a first-order, first-served basis. Now that I'm back from Misano, I can ship as soon as payment comes through.
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