By tradition, the motorcycle is a naked beast, differing from other vehicles by the fact that its mechanical structure is also part of its aesthetic appearance. In the Fine Art of the Motorcycle Engine, photographer Daniel Peirce examines the graphic nature of historic engines with stunning and dramatic photography. Since the beginning of the motorbike, engine designers knew they had to design power plants that performed well and looked good doing it. Peirce presents 64 stunning pictures from his popular Up-N-Smoke Engine Project. In addition to his engine photography, the book also tells the story of the project and the years it took to bring it from an inspired idea to a tangible reality. The story of the Up-N-Smoke Engine Project journals how what started as an artistic outlet became an obsession and eventually a business. This is the project that- Cycle World - magazine called pornography for gearheads. A special chapter is included showing the process that each picture needed to go through in order to create the finished product.
I was born to an Air Force family in Washington DC, in 1959. But I grew up in the small town of Universal City, Texas, near San Antonio. The most remarkable thing about me as I grew up was that I was most unremarkable. Sure, I was smarter than most other boys my age, but I hid that by pretending to be a below average student. It worked. I also had a small aptitude for drawing, but I managed to shed that by the time I was a teenager.
Unwilling to allow my genius to be discovered I cleverly avoided attending college. I met Pam and we married when I was 21. Pam was a college graduate so I felt comfortable in revealing my true intellect to her. She wasn't surprised, and I suspect I had slipped up somehow and she had caught a glimpse of my brilliance. We were happy and had two daughters, Elizabeth and Catherine. We've been married for 30 years and now live in beautiful Grapevine, Texas.
Before I met Pam I had set out to become a photographer. Not only would this be an ideal outlet for my creative spirit, I also figured it would be a good way for me to meet chicks. I pursued my photographic vocation with vigor and worked as a portrait, wedding, police, sports and commercial photographer for the next three decades.
In 1995, I went to work for Tucker Rocky Distributing as head of photography for their catalogs and magazine ads. Tucker Rocky is a US leader in distributing motorcycle parts and accessories to motorcycle dealers. Working in the motorcycle industry naturally led me to begin riding motorcycles. In 1999, I joined Peckerhead Motorcycle Racing. (Shoot, now you'll have to read the book to find out what that means.)