Last year, we covered the efforts of Stan Engelbrecht and Nic Grobler, who set out to turn stunning portraits of cyclists in South Africa into a spectacular book. It appears that their fundraising efforts on Kickstarter, and elsewhere, have paid off, and it is now possible to own one of several volumes from their Bicycle Portraits series. These books feature photos of South Africans and their bikes — depicting a population of people of all colors, sizes and walks of life. Each portrait is also paired with an individualized watercolor by South African artist Gabrielle Raaff, which shows the location of the bike and its owner.
“As you might know, South Africa is a world within one country, home to various cultures, with a tragic history of segregation and racism,” write the project authors. “Through this project we hope to give people a glimpse into each other lives through a well known object of movement, practicality and joy – the bicycle.”
The book is beautifully designed by Gabrielle Guy and promises to be a great conversation starter — or at least a good, smile-inducing series of photos.