Série de portraits, réalisée  comme projet de fin de session,  dans le cadre du cours Lighting for Visual Journalism, de l’Université Concordia.

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As one of the most bike-friendly cities in North America, Montreal is a place where cycling is quite safe and each year more popular. Among the large community of cyclists in the city, there are the people who ride a road bike, BMX, mountain bike, Bixie, old and rusty frames on two wheels, single speed and fixed gear, to name only those.

But, as a proud fixed-gear cyclist myself, I decided to portrait on the cyclists embracing this underground fixed bike culture who are passionate about the adrenaline that this type of bicycle provides.

(A fixed gear bicycle is a bike that has the drive sprocket threaded or bolted directly to the hub of the back wheel, so that the rider cannot stop pedaling. When the rear wheel turns, the pedals turn in the same direction.)

Unfortunately, for some people and in the eyes of the law, pedaling a bike without a rear brake is illegal and dangerous. That is why I decided to give a superhero twist to my pictures. With high contrast, strong poses and the use of artificial light, I tried to make those riders, proud but also in total control of the situation.

 

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