Bike nation and importance of curating your image archive from time to time
Recently I have started searching in my image archives. Two years of various types of shooting, most of them of very low quality. Tons of mediocre images, some interesting ones. Always worth going back, with fresh eyes and trying to evaluate in a very objective way totally decoupled from any emotional involvement. Month or even years after an image has been taken, most of the feelings for the subject are gone, so you can focus on pure photographic criteria and see the photograph in a very neutral way. Tiring exercise, but quite rewarding when a small gem is smiling back at you from a hidden corner of an external hard drive.
So during this review and selection process, I noticed quite a lot of images involving bikes. It must be because I am scared by the metal monster since I don't know how to bike? Or just because is such a regular presence in Danish life. A country where almost all streets have a dedicated lane for bikes, where the traffic rule focus on the protection of the cyclists and people of all ages are using this healthy way of transport, Denmark is a "Bike nation". And this is the title of a new project that start to take contour while reviewing those old images.
What is the plan with this project: first of all, it is a collection of street images, featuring bikes. There might be people present in those images but it is not something mandatory. It does not have a documentary role, there is no intention to objectively and extensively present the usage of bike in Copenhagen, by various social classes and ages. It is not a series with portraits of people and their bikes, although some might get in. Its not a very homogeneous series by composition or technique. It is just a story with bike and every day life; a story with bike in interesting situation and backgrounds; a series of street photography and not only. There is already a quite large amount of images in this series, but over time, some new images will appear and some of the existing ones, will be removed. Just like any series that we are showing on this website: a continuous and natural selection process with the target of showcasing only the best.
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