Have always been fascinated by parkour – their ability to run, jump and flip across urban spaces fuelled by adrenaline, giving the cities a life different to that of the normal bustle of crowds and traffic.
Earlier this year, I wrote about Dancing with Flour. This series by Photographer Ben Franke titled “Parkour Motion” takes another spin on this concept of photography, a slightly more dangerous spin featuring parkour practitioners (aka. “traceurs”) rather than dancers.
I have been shooting the parkour scene in New York for the past few years. It’s a challenge for any photographer to convey authentic movement in a photograph — as it’s a 2D medium — but my series “Parkour Motion” attempts to translate motion by displaying the energy and power of these athletes.
The photos were shot over two days in Manhattan with a Canon 5D Mark II and a 24-70mm lens. They were lit using a 580EX flash with an umbrella and a reflector for a bit of fill. The trails were created using flour.