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The White Bicycle
June 28 - July 10
‘The White Bicycle: Variations and Situations’ is an ongoing colour photography project. Shot in various parts of the UK, France, Spain, Italy, the USA, Canada, Laos and the Canary Islands, each image contains at least one white bicycle and/or at least one sign, symbol or other representation of one. This may be the central subject or merely an incidental or discrete part of the image. The body of work demonstrates and celebrates the love of bicycles shared by so many individuals and communities, not simply as a means of transport, but also other various and sometimes surprising uses such as an object to customise, to express the personality of the owner, to promote a business, to serve as a memorial, to maintain as a piece of nostalgia, and many more besides.
The choice of a white bicycle as a motif had its origin in a photograph of I took in the back streets of Sorrento. At that time, it was a one-off shot. It was some time later before I realised the potential for a project where a diverse range of images could become a cohesive whole through the presence of a recurring motif. Since then, I have been actively seeking out suitable material. There are tens of thousands of White Bicycles to be found, but only a percentage of which transcend the ordinary (Variations). Most importantly for me, the contexts (Situations) determine the ‘mood’ of each image – humorous, surreal, moving, abstract, disturbing, nostalgic, ambiguous, and so on.
I do not consider myself to be a Street Photographer per se. If pressed, I would describe myself as a visual artist who works primarily through the medium of photography. Nevertheless,The White Bicycle: Variations and Situations sits comfortably within this established genre as do some other projects I have pursued, notably The A38, From UK to KU, and Somewhere, over the Rainbow. Street Photography is frequently dependent upon chance or spontaneous encounters. The White Bicycle is no exception, so the images were taken with whatever camera I had to hand at the time, ranging from a Canon 5D Mk III with various Canon lenses to an iPhone 6.