bicycle portraits

Oakland has a vibrant, tight-knit cycling community, and I’ve seen first-hand how passionately people can feel about their bikes. Sadly, I’m still too much of a novice to feel the same. These illustrations and images are part of new project by Stan Engelbrecht & Nic Grobler titled Bicycle Portraits. It’s a study of South African commuter culture: the people, their bikes and the ground they travel every day. Stan & Nic have culled the best 165 portraits to be part of a series of three books, which will also include stories, essays and hand-painted watercolor maps (shown above) to indicate the location of each portrait. I’ve already spent some time enjoying the photographs on the site, and from what I can tell, the books, designed by Gabrielle Guy, will be beautiful objects in their own right. It’s an inspiring project, and I hope to see it in print! You can learn more about it here, and if you’d like to help fund this project, you can visit their Kickstarter page. — Kate


  1. The bindery on those books is gorgeous.

  2. Katie says:

    These are incredible!

  3. Kylin says:

    Absolutely love it!

  4. These books look incredible. I really love the watercolor maps, especially the little Google-esque markers.

  5. ABOUT 480U7 says:

    I join with other comments. watercolor maps are wonderful, and the book looks really nice. I’ll add it in my wish-list!

  6. alison says:

    I love those watercolours. How beautiful!


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