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Motorcycle photographers on show

Suus photographers Shakedown exhibition Luke Ray Fuel Tank

Melbourne motorcycle clothing company Suus has invited six leading motorcycle photographers to displays their talents at The Shakedown exhibition in Collingwood on August 26-28, 2016.

Suus spokesman Richard Ellis says they will also showcase a collection of custom and collectable motorcycles featured in the photographs as well as personal stories of each rider’s connection with their motorcycle.

“We believe this is the first event of its kind to take place in Melbourne and feel that it will give visitors a great insight into the Melbourne motorcycling community and the personalities within it,” he says.


David Leyshon @chop_shotSuus photographers Shakedown exhibition

David (chop shot) first picked up a camera at the age of 12 and was hooked.

“My love of motorcycles has led to me shooting them as a hobby and now as main subject of my work. I use studio lighting for all shoots to give the motorcycle owner a more dramatic scene and something that they may not be able to achieve themselves.”

Luke Ray @tankmotoSuus photographers Shakedown exhibition Luke Ray Fuel Tank

After relocating to Australia from the UK around 10 years ago Luke began taking photography seriously. The freelancer also produces Fuel Magazine and Tank Moto, a motorcycle focused magazine.

“Tank Moto has opened up new avenues for my motorcycle photography. Not only have I been fortunate enough to meet many talented motorcycle owners and builders, but I have also gained fruitful travel experiences both nationally and internationally, as Tank Moto editor Geoff and I search for the most interesting and diverse motorcycle stories that we can find.”

Nick Edwards @dragonwolfpressSuus photographers Shakedown exhibition Nick

Nick’s love of ’70s and ’80s styled choppers led to him launching his own zine, ‘Dragonwolf press’.

“Don’t get me wrong, technique and process still needs to be there or it would just be considered a cop out and a hack. But it’s got to look good and sing ‘La vie en rose’ man, it’s got to move you in some way or another.” 

Chris Cooper @crcooperphotoSuus photographers Shakedown exhibition cooper

Chris Cooper grew up riding BMX and shooting on 35mm. In 2010 he discovered Fuel Magazine, attended the ‘Chopped’ festival in Castlemaine and fell in love with the traditional hot rod, custom and chopper scenes.

“I want to leave a legacy of photographs on this earth. I want my friends to look back at the photographs in 10-20-50 years’ time and think “man, we had some bitchin’ times.”

Penny Vickery @pepperminxSuus photographers Shakedown exhibition Penny

Penny fell in love with black and white photography after studying it in high school and in her early 20s. Her photos have made their way into Greasy Kulture magazine, Dragon Wolf Press and she produces a yearly keepsake publication for the event Kick Start Sunday.

“There are so many rad bikes out there, shooting and meeting the guys and girls that ride and build them, is a total inspiration.”

Jason Lau @jasonlphotosSuus photographers Shakedown exhibition jason

Jason’s interest in the custom motorcycle scene comes from his own love of riding. Capturing images of the motorcycle scene in his spare time has led to him shooting for automotive brands like Tank Moto Magazine and Harley Davidson Australia and, more recently, taken him to the Himalayas.


• Opening night Friday August 26 from 6:30pm till 11pm at Suus, 12 Smith St, Collingwood.

• Open all day Saturday August 27 and Sunday August 28, 10am-5pm.