London from a fixie: the cycle courier view

Step Into My Office photos by a cycle courier 2012

FOR Ben Hughes, London is his office. The 30-year-old Hackney parent is a cycle courier covering Wapping to Fulham and Kentish Town to the Elephant and Castle.

He is also a freelance photographer and has built up a collection of pictures on various film cameras, Nikon F4  and F70 while pedalling his Dave Marsh steel fixie through the capital, as well as a Nikon D700 digital SLR.

Hughes told Loving Dalston: “I don’t strap anything to the bike but I do use an Olympus  mju 9010 digital compact  for shooting while riding, and one of these shots features in the exhibition. Mostly it’s traditional photography techniques: find it, compose it, shoot it sort of thing.”

Security? “You just have to know your rights, know where the property boundaries are,” he said. “And be polite and keep shooting”.

Step Into My Office, his first solo show, will be presented in several venues in Hackney and elsewhere in NE London.

He said: “I have quite a few independent and community-orientated venues, bike-based and non-bike based, involved in hosting the show. So far it is booked for display until mid December.”

Limited-run prints will be on sale: reduced prices for the opening night and a further reduction for working couriers. The venues are giving him wall space for a percentage of sales and the London Courier Emergency Fund  is helping to organise the launch party at Stoke Newington International Airport with what Hughes calls the “courier community”.

The N16 7NJ airport — OK, arts space — will open the show on Friday 3 August 2012. Live music and DJs will provide a wall of sound as well as the walls of pictures.

* For venues, press this link. Two of Hughes’s photographs are shown here. Both have been slightly cropped for space reasons.

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