South African creatives Stan Engelbrecht and Nic Groblera have completed a two-year project called Bicycle Portraits – a photographic study of South African commuter culture.
The two friends focused on finding people who use bikes as part of their daily lives after noticing that few in South Africa’s major cities use bicycles as their chosen means of transport, despite poor public transport infrastructure. Their two-year bicycle trip around the country uncovered deeper stories that reflect the nation on many cultural and economic levels, and connect diverse lives through this one common link.
A selection of 162 portraits and stories have been published in a compilation of three books designed by Cape Town-based graphic designer Gabrielle Guy, featuring watercolour maps illustrated by South African artist Gabrielle Raaff. The aim is to raise awareness and funds to promote cycling as a means of transportation in South Africa – something that will both empower the underprivileged and benefit those who usually drive their cars.