Sometime after my pictures appeared on the Vintage Iron web page I received an e-mail from the folks at White Brothers Performance, a motorcycle performance parts company in California, asking about using some of my pictures in their upcoming catalog. Shucks, if it was ok with Vintage Iron it was certainly ok with me so I sent them some higher-than-web-quality picture files for their use. Someone was supposed to send me a copy of the catalog when it came out so I could see my handiwork on the printed page but it never happened. No biggie but it would have been nice.
Over the years when yakking about pictures with other photography enthusiasts I have mentioned that I had some pictures used in the White Bros. catalog. For an amateur photographer getting anything published that doesn't include nekid ladies is a rarity and a big deal. Now, as far as I knew I wasn't fibbing to anyone these past eight years; White Bros. said they were going to use the pictures but then I'd not actually ever seen the pictures in print. My dear ol' mum taught me not to lie so it was a close call for my conscience. When it got right down to it, a life of photographic obscurity meant I was willing to snarf up a tiny molecule photo geek glory while hoping I wasn't full of hot air or worse.
A quick thumb through the pages to the vintage bike section and sure enough, there were my three photos. Semi-sadly they were attributed only to the Vintage Iron World Championships and not yours truly but I did take them for the VI folks as much as myself so I can't complain too much even if it wasn't a paid gig. As always, fame and fortune eluded me but at least I could boast now with a clear conscience. Mom probably taught me something about not boasting along with not lying but let's face it, you have to be something less than humble to start a public blog about yourself and what interests you personally.