For the second time this race I found Graham, introduced myself and asked for a few moments of his time, and once again he was more than happy—it appeared—to humor me and answer my stupid questions. FTR (for the record), Graham Watson is extraordinarily nice. Not only is he agreeable and pleasant and accommodating in the face of my sweaty, sunburned, zinc oxide-covered face, but the dude has good vibes. After patiently waiting for me to get through a series of mumbled, unintelligible half-comment-half-questions until I finally asked “Where should I go today to take photographs?” he replied with:
“Go to Seppeltsfield for the Palm Trees, it’s a scenic highlight, that’s the priority. You’ve got to shoot Seppeltsfield because it’s here today and it won’t be here tomorrow.”
– GRAHAM WATSON
And once again Graham delivers some Buddhist-type shit in terms of advice and the art of philosophically thinking about cycling documentation. Furthermore, the interviews and the #grahamgram thing may appear to some as a form of clowning, and you know what, two things: 1.) Sure, maybe it started that way. I’d never met the dude before and his style of photography, what with the windmills and the flowers and whatnot, is not traditionally our thing, but it turns out the dude is a consummate professional, and in response to my questions, which questions were like, “Help me figure this thing out,” he was sincere and genuine and bona fide helpful; 2.) After Rodney I-get-no-respect Dangerfielding around Europe, America and now Australia in regards to accreditation and badges and lanyards and vests and similar, I’m beginning to appreciate the Old Guard and the act of due-paying, and Graham Watson has paid his dues; 3.) I went to Seppeltsfield as per Graham’s instructions and you know what? it was beautiful down there—sure, I felt like I was farting postcards, but everybody loves postcards, even I love postcards, even Manual for Speed loves a postcard or two, there’s nothing wrong with grabbin’ a pic or two, or takin’ a snap or three, am I right? Look, my point is Graham is legit and not just because he’s a legend.