Downtown from Behind

Maybe it's because I long to cycle through the streets of London but am far too cautious (read afraid) of the manic streets of this city to dare to do it, or maybe it's because I have an inexplicable love for New York and the way that city holds so many lives on so many different trajectories, but I instantly loved Bridget Fleming's photographic series of New York inhabitants taken (mostly) from behind zipping through the downtown streets. According to Fleming Downtownfrombehind (DFB) is a photographic series capturing subjects riding their bike from behind on some 200+ streets, avenues and lanes below 14th street in New York City.

The result is an environmental portrait for each street and subject with a goal to highlight a set of individuals, emerging and established, each uniquely contributing; culturally, socially and physically, to make this part of the city what it is today.
Subjects photographed to date include industrial designers, architects, creative directors, restauranteurs, entrepreneurs, hoteliers, artists and academics.

The pictures have an energy and life that capture the essence of the city and that mysterious New York light... oh the light...

Images: Downtownfrombehind

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