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Daniel Peirce

Daniel Peirce is a well-established commercial photographer with over 30 years in business. In the 2000, Peirce founded Trick Photography. His work which subject matter focuses portraits of motor vehicles, has been featured in numerous publications such as Ride Texas Magazine and Cycle World. Trick Photography produces images and articles for motorcycle publications and individual clients. Peirce’s work has appeared in every major motorcycle magazine in the nation including: Motorcycle Classics and the Robb Report. Early pieces for Trick Photography centered on providing professional portrait services that allowed vintage vehicle owners to pose alongside their machines.
Since those early days Trick Photography has evolved as premiere imagery for motor cycle publications. Through over 30 years of work Peirce developed an increased appreciation for the aesthetic of the motorcycle itself, and has turned his dual passion of photography and motorcycles into fine art.
Up-N-Smoke 
The Up-N-Smoke (UNS) Engine Project began after Peirce attended the North Texas Norton Owners Association’s annual motorcycle rally at the Lake O' The Pines near Jefferson, Texas. Peirce was assigned to shoot photos to use in an article for Ride Texas Magazine.

The highlight of the rally is always the impressive vintage bike show. Showing primarily European motorcycles, the even showcased many bikes seen nowhere else. From that session, a double-framed collection of ten solid pictures showing motorcycle marks from Ariel, to Honda, to Triumph, to Zundapp were created, titled "Motorbikes from A to Z, Lake O' The Pines 2001."
The UNS Engine Project was named after a restaurant in Keller, TX. Peirce, a member of the Peckerhead Motorcycle Racing Club, would meet other members every Friday night at the Up-N-Smoke BBQ House and Power Sports Bar. One night the owner of the restaurant, Phil Dansby and fellow Peckerhead, encouraged Peirce to begin the engine project. Since that encouragement the first poster ever produced for the UNS Engine Project still hangs in the restaurant.

The UNS Engine Project led to the publishing of the completed series titled, The Fine Art of the Motorcycle Engine. The book is published from Veloce Publishing, UK. US distribution through Motorbooks International.
Additionally, prints from his UNS Engine Project series are sold to collectors all over the world. His artwork is represented through several internet art dealers and is also available through the online store of Motorcycle Classics magazine and his web site, trickphotog.com.
Museum Recognition
Daniel Peirce was selected for exhibition at Thunder at CAM: An exhibition of motorcycles and motorcycle art at the Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay, Oregon. Peirce's work Hayabusa Headers received a winner's recognition from panel judges.

The images selected for the CAM exhibit are part of Peirce's newest project, The Mechanistic Abstract Series. Mechanistic Abstract is a series of abstract art photography of mechanical subjects rendered in a biomechanical style. The photographs in the series highlight the biomechanical forms found in designed machines.
Daniel William Peirce (born May 21, 1959) is an American photographer, author, entrepreneur and philosopher, best known for his fine art photography representing the style and design of the motorcycle engine. Daniel completed a decade-long portfolio of photographs titled The Up-N-Smoke  (UNS) Engine Project, resulting in a photography book The Fine Art of the Motorcycle Engine, studying the light, shadows and graphic nature of motorcycle engines. 
Known in the industry as "Lord of Light, Master of the Pixel", Peirce's style emphasizes utilizing the natural occurrences of shape, shadow, and highlights found in manufactured materials and highlighted by his studio photography techniques.
Daniel Peirce ‘s company Trick Photography produces photography and publishes articles for the motorcycle  and powersports industries.Industry: product photography, advertising, retouching and image processing.Collectors: full bike coverage for display or auction.Editorial: magazine and web images that tell a story with creative sets and lighting.Wall Art: Unique  framed art prints by EFX Gallery.Contact Daniel for more information or a price estimate. dan@trickphotog.com