Our very own Sophie Ebrey is exhibiting her latest photography at Goldsmiths next week alongside other artists and photographers. Her portraits represent a section of club members with their belongings and essential kit taken out with them on the Sunday rides.
As well as Sophie’s photography, she has also made a book which will be on show at exhibition.
It’s free to enter, please pop over to New Cross and take a look.
Sophie Ebrey (b. 1971, UK) is a London artist, photographer and educator. Her current work is based around the cycle club and involves her cycling for a number of hours a week whether it’s commuting to work or cycling with the club. She recently completed an MA in Photography and Urban Cultures University of London.
This photographic project was undertaken between February and August 2016 with members of Penge Cycle Club in South East London, of which I am a member for over two years. I have regularly attended the group rides on a Sunday mornings, and have become interested in how I could build both a photographic and sociological analysis of how the edges, peripheries and boundaries between the urban (Outer London) and rural (Surrey and Kent) are experienced.
Through photographic portraits of cycle club members, this work questions how it feels as a cyclist to cross the ‘urban’ boundary into ‘the rural’. The portraits represent a section of club members together with their belongings and essential kit taken out with them on the Sunday rides. Through photographs, participant observation and qualitative interviews, this project considers how Penge Cycle Club members recognise such a boundary, whether moving between seemingly different spaces might have specific meanings for individuals and how their personal biographies might influence sensory perceptions of the geographic edges between city and country.