Meet Stan Engelbrecht, half of the duo behind Bicycle Portraits, a photographic documentary project showing ordinary South Africans and their bikes. The other half is Johannesburg-based Nic Grobler.
Their photographs and the accompanying interviews provide a fantastic insight into how bicycles can enable and empower people. In a country such as South Africa where public transport is often limited, or dangerous, it always surprises me that bicycles aren’t more popular. Many of the stories are inspiring and illuminating, a real window into contemporary South African culture.
They’re using the innovative Kick Starter platform to raise funds to complete the project. People can make pledges for any of various amounts, but funders are only charged when the project meets its funding goal, in this case $15,000. If the goal isn’t met, the project is cancelled. This provides a great motivation for funders to share the message to ensure the project meets its target funding.
So this is my call to support the project to make sure it happens. $50 or more gets you a copy of the book. Cheap at the price.