Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Anglesey Peel

The shot "Peel" is named after the corner on the Anglesey Circuit. It was a long shot on a 200mm lens so I was rather happy that I could see at least one face under the helmets. Symbolically, helmets are worn by Gods and heroes. To the watching crowd, these riders are certainly regarded as heroes. But I guess this shot is about balance. The rider uses his mind and body to balance the machine in this spectacular way, carrying out the task without thinking about it. The body itself has a memory, so it becomes a rider's second nature to corner well and pass another rider. The great cognitive psychologist, Aaron Beck argues that body has a memory that is stored at the cellular level. A Jungian psychologist would argue that in this display of balance, unconscious forces make rider and machine a single spiritual entity.