A new photography exhibition by Mark Ashby opens at Old Street in February.
Cycling for me is pure escapism and I wanted the images to have a sense of possibility about them.
"The project 'Le Petit Tour' came about from a desire to find cycling figures that I'd seen in shop windows whilst on holiday in France in the 1980's as a kid. I loved everything about the racing, the drama and characters of the Tour de France from watching it with my dad on Channel 4. It was a given that come July, the classic theme tune would ring out from the living room (incidentally written by Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks) and I was hooked on anything to do with bike racing from there on.
As a photographer I've always looked to create a sense of alternate reality, so when I found the classic 'The Original Flandriens' figurines in Belgium (www.flandriens.bike) last year I became addicted to them. Classic teams were snapped up in Ghent and Brussels and I set about shooting the series of photographs for 'Le Petit Tour'. Cycling for me is pure escapism and I wanted the images to have a sense of possibility about them. I wanted the viewer to feel like a mini breakaway of 4 inch classic racers could actually happen, that they'd slipped out at 8 am, as the world turned at a different pace and taken off with nobody noticing. Their own road, silence and they're gone."
Mark Ashby is a keen cyclist and events photographer based in Hitchin, usually found working in London.
23rd February - 23rd March
Freshly prepared food, craft beers and Squaremile coffee available.
Look mum no hands!
49 Old Street London