The Somapuri Vihara stupa and temple complex at Paharpur was once the biggest Buddhist monastery south of the Himalaya and is now an important archeological site. We stayed at the Archeological Rest House inside the grounds and after they closed the gates at night – we had the place to ourselves.
We wondered how they managed to get all of the baskets on top of the bike in the first place.
Many bikers wear dark colored clothing since it’s great for hiding dirt yet it also hides them when they are photographed from a distance.
A small red bicyclist pedaling through monumental scenery is a theme that I began shooting in the 1990’s. Other cyclists have since emulated this style, but why not try taking the idea further.
Gold and orange shirts also show up well against dark landscapes. These colors are better than red when taking close-up pictures of your cycling partner since too much red can overpower your image.
Clay is a heavy load yet still they are able to cycle carrying big loads of it on their van rickshaws.
Note: the van rickshaws frames have extra steel rebar reinforcing and the spokes are heavy duty – similar to motorcycle wheel spokes.
Bangladeshi bus chauffeurs don’t worry about the paintwork getting scratched…
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In 2010 we set off on a multi-year cycle journey titled “Bicycling Around the World in search of inspiring cycle images”. The challenge will be to photograph the diverse bicycle cultures, capture the experience of traveling by bike, and of course shoot new ‘Cycling Landscape’ images. You can follow our trip via this photo blog.
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