Thursday, 16 June 2011

'The Peloton' exhibition opening

Information about the new exhibition 'The Peloton' by world renowned cycling photographer, Tim Kolln, has been doing the rounds on the interweb for the last few weeks, so I decided to head along to opening last night (16 June), afterall, what sort of Melbourne cycling blogger would I be if i didn't?

I arrived at the nondescript building, just one quiet block away from the chaos that is Chapel Street on a Thursday night. It wasn't the easiest place to find mind you - I only succeeded as a result of the menagerie of fixies attached to poles out the front, that signified that I was either in the right place, or I had somehow found my way to a Fitzroy pub.

The photos were great - I'm not an art aficionado, but these portraits had a reality to them. They showed their subjects as the humans they actually are, and not the freaks we think they are that amazingly maintain speeds of 50kph on the flat.

It didn't take long to check it all out - there were only 15 photos in total, which did seemed strange to me, all this for just 15 photos? Oh well - there was also the back room which housed some pristine classic bikes which was quite a sight for a bike lover. It's not everyday you see an Eddy Merckx original in such good condition.

The highlight of the night was definitely the crowd. I've never seen so many tattoos, tight jeans, casquettes and stretched ear lobe piercings in one room before. The underground hipster cycling scene is definitely alive and well in good ol' Melbourne town.

Catch the exhibition till the 14th July at Endless Cycling Gallery and Boutique, 6A Wilson St, South Yarra.

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