I made over 100 Bike Portraits during my Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2010-2011) on Dr Rachel Aldred’s ESRC funded Cycling Cultures research project.
Bike Portraits are photographic collages of people with their bicycles taken in Hull, Hackney, Bristol and Cambridge.
Inspired by David Hockney’s collages and comprised of up to 60 images, each portrait takes on a different shape. Left deliberately messy with jagged edges and exaggerated horizons, the series goes some way to reflect the unique locations, personalities and multi-dimensional experience of cycling in different English urban areas. I include a bit of myself in each image, thereby contributing to the collaborative and dynamic nature of the work.
Bike Portraits have been exhibited at Hackney Council’s Cycling Conference and Hackney Council’s Car-Free Festival, in five London bike shop/cafes and at Bristol Council Cycle Festival.