Our cousin Nic Grobler and fellow bicycle enthusiast Stan Engelbrecht are the creatives behind a series of 3 photo books containing Photographs and stories of cyclists they have come across during their 2 year journey around South Africa. Through publishing the books, they aim to assist the underprivileged cycling community through the project – be it teaching bicycle maintenance skills, providing necessities like helmets, tires, tubes…
It would be great to create a support structure for the people who appear in the book – this could be a trust funded by a percentage from sales of the cover price, or a charity set up in the name of the people who appear in the book etc. Nic and Stan are currently re-visiting all of the people they photographed, to hand them each a book of their own and makes for really interesting following on Facebook and Twitter, as it is proving quite a challenge to locate some of the cyclists featured. They have the addresses and telephone numbers of most, but have had to do some serious detective work to locate some others. Below are some of them, left is the portrait featured and to the right them just having received their books.
In addition to the profiles, each book also includes two essays each by local South African and major international cycling figures, including pieces by Noble prize-winning author JM Coetzee, and the godfather of mountain biking, Gary Fisher. 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.
So if you are looking for a great gift for someone or a set of nice coffee table books for yourself, order yourself a set here.
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I am a creative at heart, who likes being surrounded by pretty things. My new house was the main inspiration for Lovilee, finding time to prettify, paint and ponder about change. Coffee, lavender, numbers, the color purple and my jeans inspire me. I believe that you should do what you love and love what you do! -