'On my bike, and in my head, the words of Tim Krabbé on imperfect recall, they won't leave. The miles roll on by. I selfishly construct the ideal of my ideal cycling photobook. I'm thinking of how the race is delivered to the majority of it's audience, how it's perceived.. also of the mythology and lexicon, the qualities of the landscape, the human effort. Cycling can be such an inscrutable sport, but it's enjoyed by so many. I thought also of the significance of the bicycle in Beckett. The bicycle as one of the few physical possessions that may yield progress, hope, salvation..but is also essentially a vice to the point of fetishism.'
'Vélo - adventures of the peloton' is a book by the photographic artist Andrew G. Smith. The revised 2nd edition contains an introductory essay by Bill Strickland, and will be launched at Look Mum No Hands on Saturday 13th October at 19:00.
Music on the night will be by Vélocity. Somehow between Tangier and Sheffield, expect a vintage-jazz-minimal-electro-sepia-toned-french-movie-soundtrack,hazily reproduced on accordion, piano and clarinet.
'Cycling was mythical, but it survived its visibility.
In 'Vélo', it becomes a visible myth.'
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