BENJAMIN JOHNSON


Where are you based?
Vancouver. The west (best) coast of Canada. Currently writing from Salerno, Italy.


Where's your favourite place to ride?
Since this morning, my favourite ride has become my most recent one. Today’s adventure was on the Amalfi Coast. I believe favourite rides are born out of an openness to surprises and new experiences. These are what make a favourite ride a memorable one. Today’s unexpected experiences included fresh road side Amalfi lemon granitas, a dip in the Sea in our kit and some fresh road rash on a sharp gravel filled hairpin. I am amazed with the care of the Italian people when they rush out of the Sorrento supermarket to help patch my wounds.
 

What type of riding do you like to do the most?
Solo rides, especially mountain climbs, are precious to me. Its a rare moment in our busy culture when you can slow down, let your mind wander and meditate. 

How do you discover a new route? Do you plan ahead with maps or just see where the road takes you?
It really depends on where I’m riding - at home in Vancouver, or elsewhere. The kind of bike I’m riding and the number of people i’m riding with also play a role in how I discover new routes. Lately I’ve been playing with some 105mm and 210mm prime lenses that need a very particular frame for a great image. In these cases I often lean on tools like google maps, street view, strava, sun calc, instagram and local blogs. Otherwise many of my new routes are discovered without a camera where I am more open to explore and have less weight on my back. Lastly, I can’t leave out the countless fellow riders that have taken me down a different path and shown me a whole new place. It excites me to ride with different people to explore, experience and capture completely different places. 


What equipment do you use to capture your ride?
I use whatever tool is right to capture the story or emotion. If I really love the sound of a place I bring a H1N sound recorder. If I think a common ride could be captured in a different angle I throw the drone in the backpack. If I find a particular frame I’ll bring one of my nikkor prime lenses and 5D. My “go to” casual option, however, is my 5D and fixed 50mm, a solid light lens that forces you to frame.


What destination would be on your riding wish list?
My backyard. British Columbia has endless roads to explore. It has ocean, big mountains and urban vibes. It also is huge and largely untouched. I look forward to packing a few days worth of items and exploring the islands with a few friends in the near future.