This photo series came to fruition the way so many brilliant ideas do in New Orleans, with my best friend outside of Ms. Mae’s at 3:00 in the morning, naturally. We walked around the corner and there sat the saddest looking bicycle I had ever seen. It was stolen down to its bare frame, perfectly lit by the street light and begging to be photographed. He snapped the pic on his phone and the whole walk home we talked about how cool it would be to take beautiful portraits of this all too familiar sight. The next morning at coffee I saw another one, and so it goes…
Over a two year period, I went everywhere with my camera in hopes of spotting the allusive Sad Bike. I would take long walks just hoping to see one, but it proved to be a much harder task than I’d initially thought. Needing more eyes on the ground it turned in to a game with my friends. Very quickly a -Sad Bike Spotted- text chain became filled with random street locations and photos of battered bikes. I would then run out (weather & lighting permitting) and shoot the bike using my 1972 Olympus OM-1 35mm camera. Luckily, early on I came across this purple color negative film produced by Lomography and figured it might be a nice touch to give the bikes an otherworldly color. Between the old F.Zuiko 50mm flat lens & the grainy film it turned out to be exactly the right choice for the show. The beautiful metallic paper was the cherry on top. All of the photographs are printed full frame and the colors are what the film produced. All of the work was done within the camera.
What you see, is what I saw through the lens.