Trackside Tuesday: The One That Got Away

12/18/2012 @ 2:20 pm, by Daniel Lo4 COMMENTS

Other than the profound experience of being at the TT for the first time, my time on the Isle of Man was also unique in that I knew the photographs I was taking were for the express purpose of being used in a book. Throughout the fortnight, there was a fair amount of photos that I would mentally earmark to make an appearance in ink and paper form. The above image was one of them.

As I have mentioned before, the premise of my book project was originally centered on Guy Martin. Even after four events of no podium finishes and the Senior TT getting canceled, I still loosely held onto the original topic and continued to document Guy as much as I could which included his post-TT interviews.

I thought to myself that regardless of the final form the book would take, a relatively rare photo of Guy in street clothes could still add an element of interest to the project.

However, the process of making a book can be a funny thing. Photos that I had previously considered to be throwaways turned out to work surprisingly well in the context of a book while at times the opposite was also true.

While I still like the idea of Guy Martin being interviewed in the back of a truck, the image simply didn’t fit in with the storyline and as a result ended up on the proverbial cutting room floor.

It worked out in the end, since as a fan of Guy I wasn’t particularly keen on emphasizing his relatively subpar TT results anyway as the image would have led me to do. Maybe next year.

Dan Lo is a motorsport photographer who covers AMA Superbike, World Superbike, and MotoGP. His online portfolio is at and he can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. You can buy his new book Tourist Trophy, which covers the 2012 Isle of Man TT, here.

Photo: © 2012 Daniel Lo / Corner Speed Photo – All Rights Reserved

  • Kevin


    Good to see your book making it’s debut. Hopefully many will enjoy the story you tell thru images.

    It was a crazy TT this year what with weather, the usual delays due to tourist’s being cleaned up from the road around the course etc… It truly is an amazing place to be for racing and hope to see you back on the Isle. It’s a bit
    like heroin in that it takes just one little taste and you’re hooked.
    Bloody good craic as they say.


  • anti

    Mate, cannot tell you how lame a tilted photo is. It’s the cheapest trick in the book. Sell your book to die hard racing fans, and then learn to be a real photographer, and earn a great living from composing with integrity.

    Good luck with the book, you have the drive to get you this far, and I hope it can take you further.

  • Jake F.

    Anti – Those who can, do, and those who can’t, talk smack about those who can.

    Dan Lo’s photography is excellent and appreciated by many. At the end of the day though, I hope he only shoots to make one person happy, himself.

    Keep up the good work Dan.

  • A post by Daniel Lo just wouldn’t be complete if photographer Anthony Geernaert (anti) didn’t show up with his vitriol for Dan’s chosen photography style.

    How shallow and insecure of a human being do you have to be to consistently leave the same public criticism here on Asphalt & Rubber?

    If you truly wanted to leave constructive feedback, as you pretend to do, and perhaps even show some resemblance of professionalism, there are about 100 different ways you could have achieved that here, including contacting Dan privately.

    Dan has always impressed me as a photographer, but what is even more important is that he has impressed me as a person. I don’t many could say the same about you.