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SLIDESHOW & PHOTO SELECTS

The New Dark Age

Words Dave Smith
Photos Dave Smith
Date Oct 26, 2022

All things that grow and flourish are in a state of continuous change, subject to decline and destruction. On Vancouver’s North Shore, this idea of impermanence can be witnessed as newer faster and more aggressive trails get scratched in beside the skeletal remains of decaying ladder bridges. At this intersection, the only constant that remains, is the dark, brooding and uncompromising nature of the Shore with it’s steep, forested slopes shrouded in mist. To match the mood of this infamously rugged landscape, the geometry, suspension design and materials of mountain bikes have undergone periods of radical evolution. Emboldened by technology and inspired by history, riders who grew up on a steady diet of freeride from an early age continue to redefine what is possible, ushering in a new age of mountain biking in North Vancouver. This project isn’t about remembrance, it’s a celebration of change and a new age of riding on the Shore.

Cover Image: Nigel Quarless

RIDERS: Matt Beer, Tim Coleman, Sam Higgins, Caleb Holonko, Ted Morton, Nigel Quarless, Cooper Quinn, Jonno Lo, Scott Mackay, Matt Macduff, Stephen Matthews, Bella Roelveldt, Brian Serneels, Andrew Teit, Fraser Vaage, and Max Wharin

ARTWORK: Nigel Quarless

And thanks to Zac Elik and Patagonia Vancouver for originally putting on this show and gallery event back in March 2022. All proceeds from the show including prints, swag and beer sales at this event went directly to support local trail builders via the good folks at the NSMBA.

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Dirt snakes and ladders with Bella Roelveld on Kirkford.

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Norco's Dave Cox on the machine that he designed for just this purpose.

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Most of the time I don't mind if the sun ever comes out but sometimes I like the occasional ray of sunshine.

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Welcome to my parlor said the spider to the Shiggy.

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Matt Macduff just before the rebuild shutting down Boogie Nights in style.

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The first frame from my first shoot as an NSMB photographer so many years ago - Monochrome for life.

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Matt Macduff on the infamous CBC wall ride - the worst of its kind in all of British Columbia according to the Jank Janitor.

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Cooper Quinn inspecting greasy trail features.

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Cooper and friends inspecting his tire pressure.

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36 satisfactory exposures on a roll means a photographer is not trying anything new - Freeman Patterson

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Caleb patiently waiting for the light.

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Caleb got sick of waiting.

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The first Shovel-head. This photograph of Mole is a part of a continuing series of portraits featuring North Vancouver trail builders.

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xy9ine
Perry Schebel
3 months, 1 week ago
+13 Niels van Kampenhout imnotdanny Todd Hellinga Pete Roggeman Andy Eunson Mike Rock Smith dhr999 trumpstinyhands Nick Maffei NewGuy grambo Cam McRae Axl

the timing of this ode to dankness is impeccable. liked & subscribed.

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FlipFantasia
Todd Hellinga
3 months, 1 week ago
+5 Pete Roggeman Andy Eunson Tim Coleman Dave Smith Cam McRae

That was great, Dave! Really nice to watch a slide show and absorb the dank...and just in time to get me stoked for the annual Devil's night ride Friday!

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LoamtoHome
Jerry Willows
3 months, 1 week ago
+4 Ryan Walters Pete Roggeman Andy Eunson Dave Smith

Jank Janitor says the Salvation wallride is probably worse?

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DaveSmith
Dave Smith
3 months, 1 week ago
0

Isn't it decommissioned?

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LoamtoHome
Jerry Willows
3 months, 1 week ago
+1 grambo

still going strong...

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denomerdano
Deniz Merdano
3 months, 1 week ago
+3 Graham Driedger Jerry Willows Tim Coleman

More like still going wrong

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syncro
Mark
3 months, 1 week ago
+2 Cam McRae Dave Smith

thanks fellas

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rwalters
Ryan Walters
3 months, 1 week ago
+4 Tim Coleman Dave Smith grambo Cam McRae

Man, these photos - I can feel them as much as I can see them.

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mikesee
mikesee
3 months, 1 week ago
+3 Andy Eunson Dave Smith Cam McRae

Phantastique.

The slab/ray shot near the end...

...exquisite.  And 16 other words that are escaping me right now.

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DirtSnow
DirtSnow
3 months, 1 week ago
+3 Dave Smith Pete Roggeman Cam McRae

Awesome! After missing out on the show at Patagucci I’m glad I got to enjoy your work online. Excellent capture of the dank days we all love and enjoy.

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cooperquinn
Cooper Quinn
3 months, 1 week ago
+2 DirtSnow Cam McRae

It was better live, because there was more beer.

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alexdi
Alex D
3 months, 1 week ago
+3 Dave Smith Pete Roggeman Cam McRae

Mega, Dave. Just mega. I hardly ever use desktop backgrounds, but the machine in my shop has your work on rotation.

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PDub
PDub
3 months, 1 week ago
+3 Dave Smith Pete Roggeman Cam McRae

Wow... this is stunning! Congratulations Dave!

Created an account just to say: Thank you from the other side of the planet.

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MikeW
Mike Willms
3 months, 1 week ago
+2 Dave Smith Cam McRae

Awesome photos. Is it still possible to buy prints for those of us who didn't make the show in March?

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DaveSmith
Dave Smith
3 months, 1 week ago
+1 Cam McRae

RE: PRINTS. If you're local we can arrange for something.

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cam@nsmb.com
Cam McRae
3 months, 1 week ago
0

I know Mike (Hey Mike!) so I can help with this if needed.

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lamar454
Peter Appleton
3 months, 1 week ago
+2 Dave Smith Cam McRae

love the contrast, super raw

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Timmigrant
Tim Coleman
3 months, 1 week ago
+2 Dave Smith Pete Roggeman

What an incredible slide show Dave, that's a piece of art. I love the music / sounds as much as the images. Every shot somehow captures an emotion. I've watched it a few times, and there's just so much texture though out. I do wonder though, what is the cumulative "one more times" in this presentation?!

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DaveSmith
Dave Smith
3 months, 1 week ago
+2 Ryan Walters Todd Hellinga

Thanks! and I would estimate somewhere between 69 an 420?

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andy-eunson
Andy Eunson
3 months, 1 week ago
+1 Dave Smith

Love it. It captures the beauty of what some see as mundane.

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kcy4130
kcy4130
3 months, 1 week ago
+1 Dave Smith

It's amazing photos like these that make me miss living in the pnw. Superb photos! Great music too.

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AndyJK
Andy Krull
3 months, 1 week ago
+1 Dave Smith

Amazing work!

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earleb
earle.b
3 months, 1 week ago
+1 Dave Smith

After what seemed like endless summer sun we've now returned to "Dave" season.

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4Runner1
4Runner1
3 months, 1 week ago
+1 Dave Smith

Amazing stuff Dave

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Ddean
Ddean
3 months, 1 week ago
+1 Axl

Unbelievable captures of the Shore, in all its realness and glory.

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DaveSmith
Dave Smith
3 months, 1 week ago
0

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SixZeroSixOne
SixZeroSixOne
3 months, 1 week ago
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Stunning photos and nice to see it's not just bros you ride with 😉

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DaveSmith
Dave Smith
3 months, 1 week ago
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Bella rips harder than most bros.

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Carmel
Carmel
3 months, 1 week ago
0

Sick shots! What equipment do you mostly use? Haven't shot moving targets much on film yet.
Edit: I guess that some of these are also digital

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DaveSmith
Dave Smith
3 months, 1 week ago
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It's all digital except for one frame. I haven't shot film since my old Nikon FM2 days and I will never go back. Those that have been out in the dank with me also know that I work 'til i'm happy which is a hold over from my revisionist tendencies as a graphic designer.

I use all Nikon lenses on a Nikon d850 except for a few sigma prime lenses and the result is a very traditional and filmic look.

I also have a fully manual fuji x100f rangefinder that I carry on no-pack days.

I do have my own monochrome presets and processes which I've made over the years.

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Carmel
Carmel
3 months, 1 week ago
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Glad to hear there are still some Nikon shooters out there, I use a Z6 now.

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DaveSmith
Dave Smith
3 months ago
0

I would liked  a Z9 but its not in the cards at the moment

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Sethsg
Sethsg
3 months ago
0

Awesome photos! I find too many MTB-related photos lack originality and a cohesive theme/story.

You should try film again, it is worth it, especially in medium format. Don't know if you have ever used these film grain overlays but I find they are often the "cherry on top" when editing digital images.

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