Europeans and Bicycles

For all the recent talk of the increasing use of bicycles in the United States, we are way, way behind the Europeans. Granted, European cities are by and large far more bicycle-friendly, gas costs a lot more, and distances tend to be shorter. But whereas in the States bicycles are still on the fringes, they are an integral part of the culture across the pond. They are, quite simply, ubiquitous.

Unsurprisingly then, they feature in many of the photographs Your Humble Filmosaur took while on vacation. So, without further ado, some pictures with bicycles in them.

Canon P, Jupiter-8 50 f/2, Kodak Tri-X
Canon P, Jupiter-8 50 f/2, Kodak Tri-X
Canon P, Jupiter-8 50 f/2, Kodak Tri-X
Canon P, Jupiter-8 50 f/2, Kodak Tri-X
Canon P, Jupiter-8 50 f/2, Kodak Tri-X
Canon P, Jupiter-8 50 f/2, Kodak Tri-X
Canon P, Jupiter-8 50 f/2, Kodak Tri-X
Canon P, Jupiter-8 50 f/2, Kodak Tri-X

There’s something about the look of Kodak Tri-X that just seems ideally suited to shooting in old European cities. Combined with the pre-war Sonnar design of the Jupiter-8 lens, there’s a sense that the photos could have been taken at pretty much any point in the last century or so (minus whatever annoyingly modern elements might have sneaked in to spoil the illusion). This is one of the reasons I find shooting film such a natural complement to travel in Europe; there’s a certain timelessness about both.


2 thoughts on “Europeans and Bicycles

  1. Ha Tri-x especially the older emulsion, a great film and very forgiving; you can see why it has been so popular over the years. Some people don’t know what they have missed 🙂

    David.

    1. It does have a very classic look, one that’s immediately familiar to anyone who’s shot it, and very hard to duplicate with other emulsions (not to mention digital). That it’s so easy to shoot just makes it all the better.

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