Photographer Eddie B., a.k.a. 5e11even, is the modern marvel of the moto-self-portrait. His portraits create a masterful, digitally refined union of rider and machine. Every portrait is the perfect blend of bike life and imagination, with sci-fi inspired graphics and color that keeps the eyes wondering through the photo. His portraits are so attention grabbing, they’re accumulating more likes on Instagram than twenty-something college girls. So who is the guy behind 5e11even media? Read on to find out.
MI: Tell us about yourself.
511: My name is Eddie B. I’m from Honolulu, Hawaii. As a digital media specialist, I have experience with web design/development, graphic/print design, photography and videography. I have been in the industry for about 10 years now, sampling each part of the digital media spectrum. I started as a web design intern at a local design studio and since then, I’ve branched into many different creative avenues, including marketing.
MI: Cool. How long have you been riding motorcycles?
511: I started riding 2 years ago on a 2012 Ninja 250. Then I moved up to a 2013 Ninja 650 and am now riding a 2014 Ninja ZX-6R. Even though I haven’t been riding a while, the bike life has been a pretty awesome experience. I’ve met a lot of people because of riding and my edits.
MI: When did you start doing digital art?
511: My digital art and photography has an interesting story. After doing web development for a good seven years, my workplace needed help with content creation for marketing. I’d been shooting casually for a good three years, but not really taking it seriously (it was just a hobby) and I did a lot of car shoots for the local car scene. Since I knew how to use a DSLR, they appointed me to create content, which was mostly studio photography for products and the artwork we create.
511: I currently shoot with a Nikon D750.
MI: What it’s like being a photographer?
511: At first I hated it because I wanted to be a web developer and not a photographer. But after doing it for a while, I kinda started to like it, as photography can be technical. I’ve found inspiration in photographers like Von Wong and Zach Arias. I learned more techniques through SLR Lounge, F-Stoppers and a bunch of YouTube channels. Now I’m shooting bikes since I’m part of the bike scene.
511: I am currently a college student taking college classes part-time online. I just started to dabble in Photoshop and having been playing around with photos I’ve taken. I already had the graphic design experience so I started playing with edits. I learned double exposure photography trying to combine my bike and myself. I totally failed at that and thought, “Screw it, I am gonna fake it in Photoshop!” So I did and it totally evolved from being monochrome to full color with effects. I do other edit styles as well, but it’s the portraits that have made me known.
511: There are a few inspirations for my graphic design/art background such as Abduzeedo, Hydro74, NoPattern and Red Spade come to the top of my head right now. Because of Instagram, I am constantly finding inspiration everywhere!
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