After cycling a bit in New York, I’ve felt quite downhearted about just how tiny the bicycle culture is in South Africa. But I just heard something that’s given me a lot of hope for what’s possible back home: Avid cyclists and excellent photographers Stan Engelbrecht and Nic Grobler are travelling all over South Africa, finding cyclists to photograph and interview for their Bicycle Portraits project.
Stan and Nic are wanting to turn their portraits into a full colour book, so while they’re collecting the images and interviews – largely from the saddles of their own bikes – they’re also raising money to make the book (mock-up below) a reality.
I love the spirit of this project, the stories they’ve collected so far (to read the stories, click on each portrait on the site), and the photos are just beautiful too. As far as I can see, this project isn’t just about bicycles and people, but also about the diversity of South African life and what is possible for us.