You’re a gearhead. You love motorcycles. You’re never happier than when you are attacking the open road, feeling the wind whoosh around you. You also have a passion for photography.
You become a professional photographer of motorcycles.
Marc Bondarenko of Birmingham, Alabama, is a classic example of a creative who has turned a passion into a profession. I interviewed him in his photography studio while on my cross-country U.S. road trip. My video interview with him is below.
Birmingham is the home of the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, which boasts a remarkable collection of motorcycles, including many that won important races. Marc is the photographer the museum turns to when they need new photos for a marketing campaign.
Marc is also the photographer the Guggenheim Museum turned to when it held a remarkably successful exhibit of classic motorcycles and needed photos for its catalogue.
But Marc is more than a gearhead. He’s a people person. He loves interaction with others. He’s an accomplished photographer of people, and connects with his models and his clients.
He’s also a strong example of why, even in an age where everybody owns a quality digital camera, a professional photographer brings something extra to the table. He makes that point well in his video, but I represent that point as well. My photos of the bikes at Barber are nothing like his. And my video skills need work, as you can see by the choppy transitions in the film I made of him.
I love motorcycles myself, have owned a few, and love the freedom and power they bring. That is what initially drew me to Marc. But Marc the people person is who I remember now.
How have you managed to incorporate your passions into your profession?