2018 photographs of the year – part 4: Chris Auld

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As 2018 comes to a close, we’ve asked our regular photographers to pick their favourite cycling images from this year

Photographs: Chris Auld
John Degenkolb

Whereabouts are you based? 

Newcastle in the northeast of England, but I spend nine months of the year travelling.


How long have you been shooting cycling?
I’ve shot cycling for about five years. 2019 will be my third season focusing on the WorldTour.


What appeals to you about photographing cycling?
No two days are the same and you get to see places you would never normally visit if a bike race didn’t pass through.


What other areas of photography do you work in?
I was a studio photographer for over twenty years, now I pretty much shoot cycling exclusively.


Please tell us a little bit about your style of photography.
Cycling isn’t just about the guys and girls riding bikes, it’s everything that goes along with it – especially the fans and the scenery. I always try to look for something that tells the story of the race, not just the action. I love looking at other photographers’ work who shoot the sport and take ideas and influences from them. My pet hates are other photographers asking for selfies or autographs off riders. Very unprofessional.


What assignments have you done for Rouleur this year?
I mainly supply images for online galleries, I did supply some work for a feature on the Tour de France and an interview with Jonathan Edwards, I’m sure I’ll be doing a lot more in 2019.


What are your plans for 2019?
More of the same really. My  season starts at the Tour Down Under and will take in the major Classics and the three Grand Tours, plus anything else that I can squeeze in.


Gallery: Chris Auld’s images from a wet and cold Paris-Nice


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