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ONE PHOTO – ONE STORY

12.05.2017

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On March 10 and 11, The Speed Project, an ultra relay race covering 550 kilometres from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, took place for the third time. The photographer Olaf Heine documented the runners with a Leica S and an SL.

“The race begins at Santa Monica Pier at 5am, goes through town and then into the San Bernardino Mountains, crosses the burning heat of the Mojave Desert and Death Valley, climbing again to a height of 1678 metres till finally reaching the finishing line in Las Vegas. The teams are made up of at least six runners, who each run for ten kilometres before passing the baton onto the next team mate.
I managed to get this picture close to the finishing line where I was waiting for the leading team. Two bikers from Quebec had parked their Harley Davidsons on the side of the road at the curve, to enjoy the panoramic view. The two were on the 30th day of a tour they were doing around the United States. Coincidently, the team of this runner had also been at it for 30 hours. The three didn’t know this, but it didn’t stop them from grinning and acknowledging each other with a thumb up.”

You can find Olaf Heine’s The Speed Project in LFI 4/2017

ONE PHOTO – ONE STORY

12.05.2017

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Share:
On March 10 and 11, The Speed Project, an ultra relay race covering 550 kilometres from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, took place for the third time. The photographer Olaf Heine documented the runners with a Leica S and an SL.

“The race begins at Santa Monica Pier at 5am, goes through town and then into the San Bernardino Mountains, crosses the burning heat of the Mojave Desert and Death Valley, climbing again to a height of 1678 metres till finally reaching the finishing line in Las Vegas. The teams are made up of at least six runners, who each run for ten kilometres before passing the baton onto the next team mate.
I managed to get this picture close to the finishing line where I was waiting for the leading team. Two bikers from Quebec had parked their Harley Davidsons on the side of the road at the curve, to enjoy the panoramic view. The two were on the 30th day of a tour they were doing around the United States. Coincidently, the team of this runner had also been at it for 30 hours. The three didn’t know this, but it didn’t stop them from grinning and acknowledging each other with a thumb up.”

You can find Olaf Heine’s The Speed Project in LFI 4/2017

Olaf Heine

Born in Hanover in 1968, the portrait and celebrity photographer and film maker received his first assignments before even finishing his training: at the beginning of his career he already became renowned for his album cover photos for the German and international music scene. As a photographer, Heine prefers to work in black and white.

www.olafheine.com
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