i’m sure you remember my post about the Bicycle Portraits project earlier this year. Nic & Stan are currently running a kickstarter fund to raise money in order to publish the third and final part of their project which showcases their two year journey of capturing people and their bicycles across south africa.

Stan Engelbrecht & Nic Grobler are publishing the best 165 portraits and stories of the over 500 portraits of cyclists they’ve photographed during their 2 year journey around South Africa. Divided over 3 books, each will contain a different 55 stories, and also two essays each by local South African and major international cycling figures. The books are designed by Gabrielle Guy and they have also collaborated with celebrated South African artist Gabrielle Raaff to create an individual hand-painted watercolor map, based on Google Maps, to indicate the location of each of the portraits.

the video gave me instant goosebumps (how’s that rendition of stayin’ alive!) and the watercolour maps are such an amazing touch to an already beautiful visual story. please support them by pledging to their kickstarter!


  1. Instant goosebumps indeed. Makes me so proud to be a South African. How cute is the lady at the end – makes me want to laugh with her.
    Thank you so much for posting, it’s amazing.

  2. wow, LOVE these… fantastic idea and execution! those watercolor maps are dreamy as are the portraits.

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