Ed Fratoni #1
MM.com: Iíve heard a lot about
your photo-taking talents. Iím here with Ed Fratoni. Fratoni right?
MM.com: FRA-TONI. Thatís
Yeah. Italian-American. F-R-A-T-O-N-I.
MM.com: Got any ties to the
MM.com: In case you were
wondering this IS off the record (Turns on wire strapped to chest)
(Laughing harder) No, but we did have relatives in South Philadelphia and it
was odd that when there were shortages of sugar back in the 70s, we could
MM.com: (Laughing Nervously)
Hmm. Donít worry Iíll Foget Abouuuut ItÖ So how long have you been doing
EF: Iíve been
doing photography for a little while; Iíve always been interested in
motocross. As a little kid I started riding at 9 years old, I just wanted
to find a way to stay in and around the sport and help promote the young
amateurs that are up-and-coming because most of the publications that were
around when I started taking photos, were focused primarily on the
professional level, and really the majority of riders are amateurs. Theyíre
the buyers of products and sponsors of the Nationals that fill Budís Creek
and the rest of the venues with well over ten thousand people, and I thought
it was an opportunity to give them their dues as well as try to hone my
MM.com: I see. So, you also
have a site, correct?
MotoXstaion.com. Iíve been doing that since January 2001. Iíve been
maintaining it constantly. I update the news page, try to put links on the
site that benefit our riders and just provide some information and outlets,
um, thereís a message board and I encourage everybody to use it.
MM.com: So, what would you say
is the toughest challenge about running the Mob? ErrÖ I mean your job?
(Laughing) Well. The hard part for me is a lot of times I stay out from the
very beginning of the first moto, all the way through to the end so, instead
of selecting and picking a couple motos, a lot of times, something happens
during a race, and Iíd like to get a hold of that rider and find out what
happened and just get a little bit of follow-up, but, as you know, many of
the promoters drop the card, before the final lap is up, and Iím under fire,
so thatís another hard part.
MM.com: Anyone in your family
EF: No, just
me. Iíve rode since I was a kid. I havenít been out in a while, but if I
do, itís in the senior class.
MM.com: So, what about this
Captain M. guy, you got any photos of him?
(Thoughtful) NoÖ I donít.
MM.com: You Donít? So this guy
is like the Loch Ness Monster as far as youíre concerned?
EF: He must
be, but uh, if heís in the area (smile) Iíll get him.
MM.com: Weíll see. So what
magazines do you take pictures for?
latest adventure has been with a publication called MotoEast that Jason
Fordney has put together. Heís allowed me to give him some advice and
critique, heís even allowed me to get the cover shot of Gregg Duffy down at
Budís Creek for the second issue, which is much improved, and will be
providing me some space to do my own reports. It is a great opportunity for
me. Iíve done plenty of pictures for him, Iíve done some stuff for
MotoPlayground, thereís some pictures in there of Phil Nicoletti in the last
issue, and in the upcoming 6th issue I have a Spy Optics ad
featuring Jason Lawrence, and again Iím trying to get some of the East Coast
guys a little bit more publicity, including Todd Wilcom as their global
amateur Spy sponsor. Iíve done work in cover shots. Iím currently doing
work for Motorcycle Race Action; also Iíve provided information for Amateur
MX magazine, pretty much the amateur scene.
MM.com: Any advice for
photographers out there?
much, just, uh, continue doing it if you love it, if youíre having fun at
it, there are a lot of people doing it, take your time, try to hone your
craft, and people start to notice, with my work as well.
Duffy hiding behind pickup scribbling on notepad entitled ďPhotography
MM.com: Can I quote you on
MM.com: Can I quote you on
your mob ties?
What??? (Confused) ErrÖIÖUhÖAhhÖ I donít have any. (Two big Italian
bodyguards emerge from nearby Cadillac)
MM.com: Whatever you sayÖ
MM.com: It was nice meeting you
and keep amazing us with those photos please.
Thank you very much. Nice meeting you too, keep up the good work.
MM.com: (Running away from
Italian bodyguards and pulling open shirt and screaming into wire):
Pull me out. Pull me out!