Phil Aynsley

Professionally shooting bikes for 25 years and now a weekly contributor to MCNews.com.au

Hi there. I’m Phil. I’m a photographer. And I’ve been approached to do a weekly column for this august on-line publication. Basically I’ll be choosing images I’ve taken of a bike or motorcycle related topic and accompany those with information on said bike or topic and hopefully some interesting background on each shoot.

For this first column, however, I figure I should start by giving you a bit of background about myself.

I started taking photos at the age of 11. I started riding bikes at 17. I’ve only ever owned Ducatis. The only Ducatis I’ve owned have been bevels.

I’ve been taking photos professionally for 25 years. If you read through a copy of REVS in the ‘90s, or StreetBike, Two Wheels, or Italian Motorcycles it was likely you saw my images.

Since 2001 you might have seen my work in AMCN, Motorcycle Trader, Bike, Classic Bike, Motorcyclist, Classic Motorcyclist or Moto Revue Classic.

A book of my Ducati images was published in 2009 and a second volume will be on the shelves later this month.

To give you a bit of a taste of what to expect in future weeks here is a sampling of images, ranging over 40 years of bike photography.

Racing
Ever the showman! Randy Mamola during practice at Phillip Island in 1989. By Phil Aynsley
Ever the showman! Randy Mamola during practice at Phillip Island in 1989. By Phil Aynsley

I pretty much started learning photography by riding to Amaroo, Oran Park and Bathurst and trying to shoot the races.

Decades later I had the opportunity to photograph GPs, WSBK and other major events – often with special access to various teams and riders.

Troy Bayliss in the pits during a quite moment at the 2008 WSBK round at Phillip Island. By Phil Aynsley
Troy Bayliss in the pits during a quite moment at the 2008 WSBK round at Phillip Island. By Phil Aynsley
Wayne Gardner celebrates winning the inaugural Phillip Island 500 Grand Prix. 1989. By Phil Aynsley
Wayne Gardner celebrates winning the inaugural Phillip Island 500 Grand Prix. 1989. By Phil Aynsley
Casey Stoner crosses the finish line to win the Australian GP as team & family cheer him on. Phillip Island 2008. BY Phil Aynsley
Casey Stoner crosses the finish line to win the Australian GP as team & family cheer him on. Phillip Island 2008. BY Phil Aynsley
Casey Stoner during wet practice. Phillip Island 2007. By Phil Aynsley
Casey Stoner during wet practice. Phillip Island 2007. By Phil Aynsley
Casey Stoner gets ready for qualifying. Phillip Island 2005. By Phil Aynsley
Casey Stoner gets ready for qualifying. Phillip Island 2005. By Phil Aynsley
Collections

Over the past 10 years or so I have been able to visit a large number of museums and private collections and photograph individual bikes as well as more general views. A few of those shots follow.

Peter's lounge room. The wife moved out, the bikes moved in! By Phil Aynsley
Peter’s lounge room. The wife moved out, the bikes moved in! By Phil Aynsley
A small part of the highly impressive private collection of scooters at Casa Lambretta, Milan. By Phil Aynsley
A small part of the highly impressive private collection of scooters at Casa Lambretta, Milan. By Phil Aynsley
The highly impressive view upon entering the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Alabama. by Phil Aynsley
The highly impressive view upon entering the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Alabama. by Phil Aynsley
A view on one of the five “halls” at the Morbidelli Museum, Pesaro. By Phil Aynsley
A view on one of the five “halls” at the Morbidelli Museum, Pesaro. By Phil Aynsley
Bikes

The bulk of my motorcycle work over recent years has been of individual bikes, usually taken with a portable “studio” setup. I have been lucky enough to have been granted access to some extremely rare, historic and interesting machinery – here in Oz as well as in the US, UK and Europe.

I try my best to record these wonderful bikes with at least some degree of “art”, particularly in the details. It really is a privilege to photograph them!

Setting the points of the 1957 Moto Guzzi 500cc V8 would have been a challenge. By Phil Aynsley
Setting the points of the 1957 Moto Guzzi 500cc V8 would have been a challenge. By Phil Aynsley
1994 Cagiva C594 500 Grand Prix. John Kocinski’s bike. By Phil Aynsley
1994 Cagiva C594 500 Grand Prix. John Kocinski’s bike. By Phil Aynsley
Tarquinio Provini’s 1956 250 F.B Mondial. He finished second in the ’57 championship to team mate Cecil Sandford on this machine. By Phil Aynsley
Tarquinio Provini’s 1956 250 F.B Mondial. He finished second in the ’57 championship to team mate Cecil Sandford on this machine. By Phil Aynsley
A view down the bellmouths of the 1978 Laverda 1000 V6. By Phil Aynsley
A view down the bellmouths of the 1978 Laverda 1000 V6. By Phil Aynsley
Beautifully constructed replica expansion chambers by Rod Tingate for a Yamaha TZ500H. By Phil Aynsley
Beautifully constructed replica expansion chambers by Rod Tingate for a Yamaha TZ500H. By Phil Aynsley