This work examines the paradox of private space in a public environment. The photographs are close up portraits of people riding bicycles through the streets of Beijing. The bicycles have been cropped out of the frame. In Beijing, cyclists ride at a steady, though determined slow pace. It is a time to be alone, to have thoughts, to be silent. The portraits are linked by common expressions of concentrations, fatigue – even melancholia. These cyclists carry their personal, private space with them. Anyone sitting on a corner is free to peer into this continuous and inexhaustible parade, a continually evolving face of China.

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Head On Photo Awards 2024

Entries to the Head On Photo Awards 2024 open in May/June.

Image detail: Gary Ramage