Car-Free Photographer

Russ Roca is a professional photographer living and working car-free in the Los Angeles area.

I like to take pictures and I like to ride my bike, so I decided a few years ago to combine the two and try to make something of it. It’s as simple as that. I’m not anti-car, but I do believe that we need real transportation options. We don’t live on a planet with infinite resources, so I feel that we should reduce and reuse when we can.

For me, I’m taking a road less traveled by being carfree in Los Angeles. And my hope with all this, is that when people see me spinning up a hill with my loaded bike that they are filled with the joy of seeing someone doing good and perhaps be inspired to do good themselves.

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6 Responses to “Car-Free Photographer”

  • Rick says:

    I have found that touring by bike is my favorite way to discover an area. One reason for this is because it is so easy to see good pictures that come along. You are travelling along at 10-12 mph just soaking in the scenery and ‘Pop!” All the sudden you see a beautiful shot. A simple matter now of stopping and flipping out the camera, then moving on.

    In a car, you are going along at 60 mph and cannot see these oppertunities near as well. Typically you are looking through a peice of dirty glass from inside of a shell, making it hard to feel the situation, and thus, hard to accuratly find shots to portray the feel of the area. In a car you are always trying to get somewhere, while on the bike you are already there.

  • Croupier says:

    @ Rick

    That’s a good point. It’s fun when you’re on your bike and you just get to just watch a beautiful landscape (maybe even one that you’ve never seen before) slowly develop in front of you. I’ve never really been into touring, but if there was one thing that might get me to load up a set of panniers and journey the roads outside of town it would be the promise of the sites I’d get to see.

  • andy parmentier says:

    “..a beautiful landscape slowly develop in front of you..” does sound like flower blossoms.
    although plants DO convert carbon dioxide into carbon MONOXIDE (!)…so plants along a busy road can actually be enjoying themselves. i’m not anti-car either. but i’ll bet plants like to be notced, not just grown and fed monoxide by indifferent passersby.

  • Duane says:

    “…….while on the bike you are already there.”

    great quote. i love my trike for trips that especially replace my pickup. which are many and as expressed in previous blogs here, the joy is just being there on a bike.

  • Brian says:

    While I was doing a lot of photography in a vehicle, I found that I had to really jam on the brakes to stop, back up, park it, and the set up and photograph. The only downside to a bicycle is that I can’t cover as much area as I used to.

  • EcoVelo » Blog Archive » Gallery: Russ’ Custom Surly Long Haul Trucker says:

    […] Eco-Friendly Bicycling Photographer Russ Roca sent me this photo of his new, custom Long Haul Trucker [sweet!! —ed.]. You can view photos of Russ and his LHT on a recent 3-day mini-tour of Southern California in his Flickr photostream. Visit his website and his blog to learn more about this car-free professional photographer living and working in L.A. […]

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