Dwight Eschliman has been cataloging bicycles in San Francisco. He takes beautiful, simple photographs which are acompanied by a short Q and A with the rider. Looking through the shots, it amazes me how much personality each bike portrays.
Dwight explains, "It’s as much an anthropological study as a photographic series. Bicycle San Francisco is a visual study of the bicycle, but also a broader look at a compelling place and time in San Francisco right now."
Here are a few of my favorites!
Owner: Lorae, aged 24, Bike Messenger
Most interesting story about your bike: Last time I went bike camping my friend forgot his tent poles. We used our bikes to prop up the tent and slept in this weird oversized bivy sac thing.
If your bicycle could talk: I’d feel really bad. It’d probably give me a harsh guilt trip.
Owner: Derek, aged 34, Software Engineer
What do you love about your bike: The classic Italian lugged steel
What do you hate about your bike: The classic Italian lugged steel
If your bicycle could talk: It would tell you it’s older than me, that it’s seen more than I have, that it’s been places, man. But none of that would be quite true, because my bicycle would tend toward exaggeration when it told stories.
Enterprise NCC 1701
Owner: Richard (Landshark), aged 52, Bicycle Messenger
What do you love about your bike: When I have the drink taken she knows the way home.
If your bicycle could talk: She’d cuss me out for too much cargo over the years.
The Golden Gazelle
Owner: Ra, aged 30, Change Agent
What do you love about your bike: My gazelle helps me get back to nature in the city.
Most interesting story about your bike: I parked at Folsom Street Fair and some friends recognized my ride so they made a bike stack on top of it.
If your bicycle could talk: It would whisper street stories and the words would be like wind in your hair.