Sunday, September 12, 2010

Photos - For the People, By the People

My friend writes, "I love cycling photography, but its scope tends to be a bit narrow: pro racers riding fast on bikes; heroic suffering; the peloton gliding through beautiful scenery - and so on. But that's not what cycling is like for most ordinary cyclists - it's far more modest than that. It's about chatting in cafes, repairing punctures by the side of the road, cleaning your bike, drying your wet shoes on the radiator, waiting to start a time trial on a cold March morning, falling into a grass verge, finishing in the peloton in a cat 3 race, milling about bike shops, commuting to work, hacking through the woods on your mountain bike while a bit drunk, the club dinner dance, marshalling the club road race, putting on numbers for the first time, learning to ride with cleats - and so on and so on. It's all these small things we associate with riding that collectively make up cycling culture for the majority of us. That's what I want to capture."

If you're interested in contributing to the effort, go here: http://thefixedfactor.wordpress.com/2010/09/10/bike-life-vol-1-2/.

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