Archives: Matt Pittman

New Direction

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What’s up FOLLY folks!? It’s that magical time in my life where I take the consistent and progressive vibe we’ve been spreading year after year and challenge myself to dive deep into the art that is photography. To be completely honest with you, I’ve become comfortable in my day to day capturing’s therefore lacking the drive to push my personal limits and progress through trial and fire.

I’m just not satisfied with where I’m at.

I’m taking a step back to explore and redefine my process outside of the bicycle bubble that is FOLLY. Storytelling, ride recaps, product reviews, and general shrednanigans will still be captured here as well as on @createfolly via Instagram, but I want to rethink how I shoot under a completely different umbrella as myself, with no agenda for or against products and bicycle life.

I hope you’ll follow along:

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Instagram: @matttpittman

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Finding The Light

Dallas, TX has a lot of fun nooks and crannies to explore. When you get four doodes together that crave exploring and capturing the scene you’ll never not end up with something fun to capture.

Let’s side track for a moment and talk about creativity. It can get EXHAUSTING quick. Not like the “omg I’m rubbing blisters on my heals” exhausting; more like in the “my brain is fried” type of way. There was no pressure to capture a great shot on this day other than that I put on myself. I didn’t have any deliverables, but I did want to create something I’m proud of and more importantly (in this case) something that Kyle was proud. I bring all of this up to say… it’s ok if you get the shot; it’s ok if you don’t. When I overpressure myself I tend to shut down a bit and that’s not where I want to be in my creative process.

This explore x shoot session just so happened to be focused around Kyle as this weekend marked 10 years of marriage with his wife Amanda. The event brought me, Brenton Little, and Nathan Michael in town to share in the celebration. When we all got in we hopped into a car and head downtown where Kyle knew of a fun rooftop access location; with the top floor of the building being renovated, we got to revert back to little children and go exploring.

WE FOUND THE LIGHT!!

Kyle and Michael were on the other side of the floor when Brenton whisper shouts (as if he wanted to keep it to himself for just a moment but got too excited and let his discovery be known) “light leak light leak”, and immediately darted over to this amazing laser beam of light as if he had just found a large group of Easter eggs and wanted to get there first. I follow suit only analyzing the scene and letting Brenton have his moment before Kyle and Michael come over to capture their version of the spot.

Shortly after Brenton and I have our moment Kyle and Nathan find us. Since Kyle was the man of the hour (or day if you will) Nathan directed him into place and away we went to snapping.

Lets stop here for second and talk about photographical direction. Nathan Michael is a pro at this! Figuratively and literally. It was very interesting to watch as he gave micro adjustments to capture his subject and how clearly he got the idea across to the person being shot. I very rarely direct, more so capturing what’s happening and do my best to envision where the shot is going to happen before it actually happens; so for me this was very educational. Cheers to you Nathan! Thank you for that.

SO… on this day our roles played out like this:

Kyle – Model

Nathan – Photographer

Me – Photojournalist

Brenton – Stage Manager

Kyle, Nathan, and myself are all self explanatory rolls. Brenton on the other hand…. he had the scene on lock! With pipe in hand… Brenton starts puffing away to get the spot nice and smoke filled! It was awesome… he knew what the spot was lacking and did his damndest to make it the next level! Shortly after everything is coming together his pipe runs out. But that didn’t stop Brent… he goes and finds a big ass push broom to conjure up some of the dust on the floor. Although we all probably have mesothelioma at this point… we got the shot. Thanks Brenton!!!

Here are a few shots from this day. I hope you enjoy.

FOLLY Review // The Kammok Roo

All TogetherI’ve had the pleasure of using the Kammok Roo for the last couple weeks. Kyle and I have set up the Roo in all types of city environments to chill, drink coffee, and watch the sun rise/set. The point is not only to chill with friends over a beverage of choice, but to show how easily accommodating the Kammok Roo is in all environments.

The Roo comes in this nice little self containing roll top pouch that keeps it protected from the elements. The pouch is secured to the Roo so you will not have to keep up with it when you pull your Kammok out. What most new people to the Kammok experience will do (wink wink) is open the roll top bag and pull the Roo completely out only to have it flapping in the wind, dangling on the ground getting dirty where your head is about to be. This may not be that big of a deal in some environments, but not all environments are made equal (i.e. I would not want my Roo to be hanging out on the ground where used oil has saturated the concrete).Self contained pouch 1How do you avoid this potential issue?

First make sure your Python Strap’s are set up and secure.Python StrapThen, making sure you have packed your Roo in a manner that the Kanga Claw carabiners are at the top of the pouch (very easy to do), you walk over to one Python Strap, secure the Roo to it, and walk away. Letting the Roo pull itself out of the compression sack until you reach your other Python Strap. Kanga ClawBOOM!! You’re all set up and ready to enjoy your Roo!! All Together1OH! and don’t worry about falling through the Roo, It may feel like taking a leap of faith the first time you get in it, but once you do, you won’t want to get out.

The Roo is “made of Kammok’s proprietary diamond ripstop fabric, LunarWave, the Roo is incredibly lightweight, tear resistant, breathable, and roomy enough for two.” – Kammok

With its 500 lbs. copacity, you’ll be able to fit a small family and the dog comfortably. LunarWave FabricI hope you’ve enjoyed reading my two cents. Go check out Kammok’s Instagram page for other rad snaps! Kyle and I have had the pleasure of taking over Kammok’s account this week, posting out take on the Roo.

Being that I’ve just recently built up our FOLLY x BRYANT FaTRoB to ride all over the land for bikepacking trips… the Kammok Roo couldn’t have landed in my lap at a more perfect time.

Thanks a ton Kammok!! You guys are nailing it on all levels. Super pumped to see what you come up with next! Cheers!

RIDE x CREATE