In a world where we have become so disconnected from one another, Stan Englebrecht and Nic Grobler got on their bikes, travelled the country and spoke to people,or more specifically to people on bikes. But they didn’t just speak, they took pictures. And these pictures have now been turned into 3 books – 162 portraits and stories of South Africans’ and their bikes. I think the true achievement of Bicycle Portraits is the sense of community it creates and it was this community that turned up to celebrate the launch of the book and the exhibition that is currently hanging in town. The exhibition (at the corner of Long St & Leeuwen St) will be up until the 11th of May. For more information or to buy a book, click here.
Divided over 3 books, each contains a different 54 stories, and also two essays each by local South African and major international cycling figures. The books are designed by Gabrielle Guy and they have also collaborated with celebrated South African artistGabrielle Raaff to create an individual hand-painted watercolor map, based on Google Maps, to indicate the location of each of the portraits.