If you’ve been following No Life for a while, you’re probably familiar with the Red Hook Crit Women’s field portraits project I’ve been doing since the start of a dedicated women’s field at this race. Here’s 2015 and 2014 if you’d like to take a look.
I’ve said it for years now, how pumped I am on the women’s field and how media saturated the men’s field can be at times. This year will mark the first year of equal prize purses for both the men’s and women’s race, a definitive step forward in the right direction. I’m sure if you’re reading this that you have read and heard enough about the cycling industry and its ‘boys club’ mentality that rears its ugly head quite often through social media and the false anonymity of the internet.
I initially started this project to highlight the human side of this field, in natural light, on black and white film. Simplistic. Real. Honest.
I’ve blurted out so much poetic nonsense in the past about the beautiful and humane quality of these photos, and I think I’ll just let the photos speak for themselves this year. Out of 57 qualified racers, I was able to have 24 sit down for me during the chaos of the RHC. This is also the first year that I’ve been asked if “can I make a funny face?” I’d never thought about it before, and when put on the spot, I said yes, and a certain level of silliness ensued from that point on. I’ve got to say, despite the frank nature of the portraits in the past, I don’t mind some of the light heartedness in this year’s portraits. Thank you for taking a look, and thank you for visiting.
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