Posts Tagged ‘fund-raising’

Dealernews photographer attempts record paddle

June 21, 2010

The photo you see above is from the Autumn 2006 issue of the late, great Big Twin Dealer magazine. It’s the opening spread shot for a feature about Chopper Dave and is, in my opinion, one of the best photos we’ve ever run in one of our publications.

For my taste, it’s the perfect picture. The look on Dave’s face. The worn components of the lathe. The metal chips on the floor. When I look at it, I can smell that mechanized, oily, metallic smell of a machine shop. Dave looks at home.

Branimir Kvartuc is the photographer who made that picture, as well as many other pictures for our magazines. In fact, he’s shot many of my favorite images over the years — most of which are included on this page. Branimir is not just a photographer, I’d dare say he is an artist. I worked with him for many years at a daily newspaper called the Daily Breeze in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. Over those years, he and I worked on many stories together, stories for which he made fantastic, artistic and beautiful photographs. (Many of which appear in this post.)

Branimir is also one more thing: ballsy as hell. I appreciate individuals who flip the bird to the crap that life can sometimes pile on. In 2009 he was diagnosed and treated for cancer while living in Dubrovnik, Croatia (he has Croatian-American roots). He was given a clean bill of health, but after getting his diagnosis and while getting treatment he decided he wanted something more out of his life.

Later this month, Branimir, 38, will paddle 85 miles on a Stand Up Paddleboard across the Adriatic Sea from Venice, Italy to Pula, Croatia to raise money to buy medical equipment for a hospital in Dubrovnik. While (more…)