“The cyclist alone is in charge of their journey”
– Casey Neistat
Sam Polcer is a magazine editor, photographer and writer who fell in love with cycling late one evening.
“All of a sudden I owned Flushing Avenue. I was given a key, I could go anywhere, see anything. I kept riding. I was in love not only with bikes, but with the city itself.”
Thus was born a love that has given life to New York Bike Style, a book of photographs celebrating the bikes and riders that cruise the streets of NY.
I believe that you can easily see when a photographer is in love with their subject – there is a je ne sais quoi, an undefinable something that helps you to understand what it feels like to love this thing. This is what I see in the pictures of Polcer’s book.
Each of the 195 photographs contained in the book tells you the name of the subject, the type of bike that they ride, where they have been photographed, and what they were doing. Chandra, pictured above, was riding her Surly Steamroller fixie through Manhattan to buy some thread. Other riders are simply hanging out at the beach or the park, some are going to work, or the dentist, or the market, or to get sushi. These are pictures of riders living their life in the greatest style possible.
“These are the people I wanted to photograph,” says Polcer, “to show that riding here can look as wonderful as it feels.”