I love bike shots when shot from behind.  The sense of sailing through the city is easier to relate to when it’s not personalized with someone’s face.

 

If I shot this from the front I would feel like “Wow, that guy’s having fun.” When shot from the back I can more easily imagine myself in that position.

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  1. Tina @ Tinacious Me

    August 7, 2012 at 9:15 am

    so carefree. I love it!
    http://www.tinacious.me/

  2. Tom

    August 7, 2012 at 9:18 am

    A tribute to Mikael Colville-Andersen ? “The Sartorialist on Two Wheels”
    http://www.copenhagencyclechic.com/2007/06/cycle-chic-origins.html

  3. Rencontrea.com

    August 7, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Make beautiful meetings in summer biking in Manhattan,

    it’s great !

    Marie.

  4. MostlyAPragmatist

    August 7, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Cool! We were admiring that bike in front of a friend’s apartment on 8th street last weekend.

  5. Helin (OnFashionAndThings)

    August 7, 2012 at 9:33 am

    there is actually a tumblr blog dedicated to this concept:

    http://downtownfrombehind.tumblr.com/

    • Jenn

      August 7, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      I was just going to mention DTFB! :) Glad that was noted here.

  6. Rebekah

    August 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I’d just like to know how that person gets on that bike and how he or she gets off of it.

    • marilyn

      August 7, 2012 at 11:46 am

      you would need a devise to lower you on and out…..

  7. GiuliaC

    August 7, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Wow, this is such a great and funny shot! I’ve never seen something similar :)
    xoxo

    http://www.sparklyfashion.com

  8. It's the Drinks // N

    August 7, 2012 at 9:41 am

    You are so right, it is much better from the back! :) Great shot!

    /N

  9. Alessandra

    August 7, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Loving it!!!
    This guy actually looks happy!!

    http://lapetiterobenoire-ale.blogspot.com

  10. nazli

    August 7, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Your comment is so true, yet I never think about this! Love the photo, love the sense of freedom.

  11. princessglee

    August 7, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Nice. I’m easily imagining that I could be in this kind of early morning, small town feeling NY.

  12. Street Tailors

    August 7, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Feels like freedom! Very nice shot!

  13. comme fraiche

    August 7, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I wouldn’t recommend that style of riding with that much traffic on the road

  14. Desiree Choo

    August 7, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I can imagine myself on it too. Hahaha but in reality, I will never. :p

    http://thosefuzzyfeelings.blogspot.com/

  15. S A V V Y 9 2

    August 7, 2012 at 9:54 am

    True! I love riding my bike. Not being dependent to public transport schedules, be able to go and leave when I wanna, the sun in my face, see more of the city.. I think it’s great transportation!

  16. Karen

    August 7, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Fantastic shot! A perfect Summer moment.

  17. THE STEL STYLE

    August 7, 2012 at 9:56 am

    woo amazing bicycle!!!

    http://thestelstyle.com/

  18. Sihem

    August 7, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Cette photo est juste magnifique :)

  19. ANH PHUNG

    August 7, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Beautiful! The shot screams freedom.

  20. Stills

    August 7, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Oh so cool! I want to try that bike! :)

    http://www.stills.rs

  21. yv

    August 7, 2012 at 10:05 am

    best shot!

  22. Elaine

    August 7, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Such a beautiful moment. Will do just the same when the sun shining down at me so wonderfully :) Thank for posting it

  23. Alex K.

    August 7, 2012 at 10:12 am

  24. MaRiSa

    August 7, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Brilliant shot, I immediately have Mark Ronson’s “The bike song” in my head!

  25. david

    August 7, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Wow, great shot. I like shots like this, these are the photos that create great stories.

  26. This is Belgium

    August 7, 2012 at 10:32 am

    it is indeed a great shot
    he is more like an artist than a city biker though !

  27. ansh

    August 7, 2012 at 10:33 am

    it has this summery feel to it. btw first time here and loving the experience so far :)

  28. Thom

    August 7, 2012 at 10:36 am

    This image is very much what NY means to me!

    thisbayarealife.wordpress.com

  29. Piaget

    August 7, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Wow… this is almost surreal.

  30. Diane

    August 7, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Getting around NYC on a bike is fantastic. It really lets you experience the beauty and the vibrancy and everything that is NYC . Great shot .

  31. Kate

    August 7, 2012 at 10:46 am

    That guy is really going for it! Love it.

    Kate

  32. Nicole Cai

    August 7, 2012 at 10:54 am

    very true.

  33. Lindsey

    August 7, 2012 at 11:02 am

    This looks so fun and free. Love the shot.

    -Lindsey
    Et tu, tutu?

  34. Laura

    August 7, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Lovely photo, great from the back!

    http://www.laurablogmode.com

  35. Tonia

    August 7, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Your shots always make me want to learn more about the person.

  36. monkeyshines

    August 7, 2012 at 11:26 am

    fun lovely capture!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

  37. Simbarashe

    August 7, 2012 at 11:26 am

    I continue to be impressed by your utilisation of shadow and light.
    http://lordashbury.com

  38. Elisa

    August 7, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Cycling in a city can feel like freedom. I love it.

    Elisa
    Wandering Minds fashion
    http://www.ourwanderingminds.com

  39. ETC...

    August 7, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Only in NYC will you see something like that!

    ETC…

    http://www.eatontradingcompany.com

  40. Kitchen worktops guy

    August 7, 2012 at 11:32 am

    It looks like he’s flying – so effortless and carefree.

  41. Monsieur Marcel

    August 7, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Great shot of a ride on a tall bike! Like you said, perspective is key–that sense of exhilaration is quite palpable.

    • une chatte grise

      August 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      “Let the morningtime drop all its petals on me–
      Life I love you
      All is groovy…”

      • Monsieur Marcel

        August 7, 2012 at 4:03 pm

        “slow down, you move too fast, you’ve got to make the morning last”

  42. Rhoda Wong

    August 7, 2012 at 11:45 am

    i love this photo! so free and a perfect definition of New York!

    http://www.styleandshades.blogspot.com

  43. Erica

    August 7, 2012 at 11:55 am

    This shot makes you want to be on the back of that bike with your arms up in the air and the wind in your face. I love the mood it creates for the viewer.

  44. Xana Athens

    August 7, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Although i had a bad accident when i was riding my bike, i hope to enjoy a walk with my bike soon…

  45. Bonnie, Clyde and Marni

    August 7, 2012 at 11:58 am

  46. Votre Amie

    August 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Holy snap! Two things – 1. He looks absolutely relaxed and free – It’s an incredibly beautiful shot, and 2. I would be terrified to be up that high on 2 wheels. I would more than likely fall and break bones on a that high bike apparatus,so props to anyone who does ride/fly that high!
    x
    http://www.iloveublank.blogspot.com

  47. Sophie Mhabille

    August 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    He looks like flying !

  48. fabi

    August 7, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    That guy does look like he is having fun!!

    :D

    http://www.onegirlsempire.com

  49. Johnny

    August 7, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    This guy is super cool, there’s no doubt about that!

  50. Remy

    August 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    What a splendid and glorious picture. As if the biker is singing ‘I am leaving it all behind’. Lovely.
    Greetings from Amsterdam.

  51. Becky Bedbug

    August 7, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Oh, what a beautiful shot! He looks so free!

    Also, how high is that bike!?

    Becky
    http://www.beckybedbug.com

  52. MaricruzLA

    August 7, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Wow really carefree amazing photo

    http://www.lam-style.blogspot.com

  53. Joanne

    August 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    this feels like freedom to me :) i love it!

  54. Marcelo

    August 7, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Cool backpack! Great shot too…
    http://marcelosalvadorphotography.wordpress.com/

  55. Lauren (BestTrendz)

    August 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Love the light, carefree look of this shot. This looks like freedom.

    BestTrendz

  56. Sevan

    August 7, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    What a great capture ! It immediately made me think of “le Cirque du
    Soleil”.
    Perfect summer picture in the city.

  57. Guillermo Álvarez

    August 7, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Great shot! I love the moment.. it´s perfect!

  58. Primarklovers

    August 7, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    It inspires me Fredoom!

  59. Carmen

    August 7, 2012 at 2:25 pm

  60. agnes

    August 7, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I love back shot too… this shot is fantastic!!!

  61. ttea

    August 7, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I love this picture. There’s something about the composition that is just so beautiful. I like how it’s completely dark on one side, and then the other side has the morning sunshine.

    http://fashionananthropologicalpointofview.blogspot.ca/

  62. Bohemian Style

    August 7, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I have been seeing this rider around.
    Fun!

    theBohmerian.com

  63. Opposite Lipstick

    August 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm

  64. CultureShockArt

    August 7, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    He would fit in nicely in Venice, CA. I see double decker bikes here quite a bit.

  65. Eva

    August 7, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    So free, so happy and so impressive!!

    http://www.creativityandchocolate.blogspot.com

  66. Ulrikke

    August 7, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Today’s best photo.

  67. Chahrazad

    August 7, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Such a awesome picture! And a unique bike. I like it!

    x
    http://www.cherryfactor.blogspot.com

  68. The Coolturizer

    August 7, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Streetstyle photos on a bicycle is always so “Sartorialist”!

  69. Jorge

    August 7, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Woo !! in NYC will you see something like that, this capture like very much.

  70. Tim

    August 7, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    With his stance, I first thought he was riding a unicycle.

    http://niceshoesasshole.tumblr.com/

  71. Sophie

    August 7, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Come to Copenhagen, and you’ll see bikes! even women in stilettos ride bikes – and they parking their bikes everywhere. Love that

  72. Jennifer

    August 7, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    This is a great shot!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

  73. ha

    August 7, 2012 at 6:59 pm

  74. Thischris

    August 7, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Double decker fixie: check
    Vintage fedora too small for my head: check
    Locally crafted 70′s chic messenger/backpack (containing iPad with unfinished novel, lyrics for local emo-punk band and sketches for new tattoo): check
    Scrawny arms held akimbo as I flit towards my local ATM to confirm trust fund still there: check
    It’s 2 pm and everybody else is at work. Do you know where your hipsters are?

    • Verlaine

      August 7, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      Double-decker fixie? Please, it’s a tall bike with a free wheel.
      Hipster? Acrobat, circus performer is more like it. He loves his life and life…I’m envious and it’s good to admit it.

  75. dcinDC

    August 7, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Thischris: You got it all! I had to laugh at your perfect summary! I would like to see, tho, how he manages that bike – getting on & off and how he stops without getting off – maybe always near a street pole to hold onto? Certainly he can see way ahead and avoid any oncoming problems – yes, a bit of Cirque du Soleil going on as someone mentioned.

  76. Jessica

    August 7, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    This gives me the heebie-jeebies!
    I agree, there’s something sort of nostalgic and wildly personal about images of bikers from behind. It makes me remember all those years ago when my bike was the only thing I needed to fill me day up.
    The Lovelorn

  77. adele

    August 7, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    love this shot! the photo feels like it’s telling a lot more.

  78. Susan E

    August 8, 2012 at 12:20 am

    i don’t care who the dude is or what hipster affiliations he imbues or makes people think of…this is a beautiful, carefree photograph and make me fall in love with morning light all over again.

  79. Rebecca

    August 8, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Very interesting & amazing shot as always!

    Rebecca
    http://www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

  80. Carmen

    August 8, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Great shot!

    -Carmen
    http://www.wearmint.com/

  81. Alison

    August 8, 2012 at 2:06 am

    I love this shot! I always see a guy riding a unicycle in Vancouver as well and am so intrigued. What a unique thing to pick up!

    http://www.stylingmylife.com

  82. Emma Howard

    August 8, 2012 at 2:31 am

    A nice summer day with the breeze in his face as he rides with his arms held out.

  83. StreetLounge

    August 8, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Fre-e-edo-om! :)

  84. style-xyz

    August 8, 2012 at 4:00 am

    totally agree with you!

  85. Juanita

    August 8, 2012 at 4:41 am

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE New York City and when I see pictures like this I want to pack my things up and move there! The greatest city in the world for my money! xxxxx

  86. Gigi

    August 8, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Really nice picture and I don’t forget to mention that his backpack isn’t bad either.

    http://www.tributetothetribe.com

  87. Maria

    August 8, 2012 at 6:28 am

    The feeling that you decsribe of this shot it’s called “Rückenfigur” : the viewer is encouraged to place himself in the position, like The Wanderer above the Sea of Fog painting by Caspar David Friedrich. Cheers from Madrid. I loved meeting you last June and see how humble you are :)

  88. Anna

    August 8, 2012 at 7:43 am

    The picture is very nice indeed! But the description is even more inspiring!

  89. Susie

    August 8, 2012 at 8:05 am

    This looks like so much fun, but it makes me a bit nervous!

    Sea and Swank

  90. Mr Essentialist

    August 8, 2012 at 8:10 am

    This picture really captures the freedom of biking – Love it!
    http://www.MrEssentialist.com

  91. Roslyn Bellerby

    August 8, 2012 at 8:24 am

    We wish we were riding bikes down Springtime NY streets!

  92. Roslyn Bellerby

    August 8, 2012 at 9:29 am

    We wish we were riding bikes down Springtime NY streets!
    http://www.deshabille.com.au

  93. sonvi

    August 8, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Such a cool bike .. !

    http://blossomglam.blogspot.co.uk/

  94. Harriet

    August 8, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    I wish I could do this!
    Love the photo
    x

    • Martine

      August 8, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      NO DOUBT! I love it, but Im also thinking “DON’T Fall!”

  95. gina

    August 8, 2012 at 3:51 pm

  96. Name*

    August 8, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    I want to go back to NY. Now.

  97. Neato Nattie

    August 8, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    You push off like a skateboard and then climb it like a ladder, dum dums.

  98. Elaine

    August 9, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    He just seems so easy and free…not a care in the world.

  99. Lis-Marie

    August 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I love this photo, can only imagine what he might be wearing :-))

  100. Paul Christian

    August 12, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Awesome shot, makes me want to move there :)

  101. Natalia Fuentes

    August 23, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    … se ve alto pero sobretodo libreee
    he looks high and free (sorry for my english I’m from Chile haha)

  102. Shira N

    October 24, 2014 at 1:45 am

    I know this is an old post, but I was looking for the right place to make this comment. You shoot a lot of urban biking pictures and seem to do a lot of biking around yourself. NYTimes just published an article on wear-to-work clothes for cyclists. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/23/fashion/for-the-bike-to-work-generation-a-move-to-fashionable-high-tech-clothing.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=fb-nytimes&bicmst=1409232722000&bicmet=1419773522000&smtyp=aut&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&_r=0
    I hope you’ll post something about your take on this fashion issue.

    • The Sartorialist

      October 29, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Very thoughtful, thank you Shira!

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