I jokingly said the other day to a friend that the hardest thing about my trip to China withMission Workshop wasn’t actually being in China, it was sorting through all my photos. Over 20 rolls of 220 film, 10 rolls of 35mm were accumulated in the three weeks I found myself in Asia. Imagine having to sort through all that and pull together a concept.
a short preview of the book
This is “The Ends”, a book of photographs that is being released at my photography show at Mission Workshop this Saturday, June 15th. You can Pre-Order the book now and it’ll ship Monday, June 17th. We’ve already got the copies and they look amazing. Each copy was printed in Oakland.
“75 page soft-cover book showcasing John’s photographs from the 1,000km bike tour.
Setting out from Shanghai, John Watson and Mission Workshop began their cycling tour of China’s Yangtze River Delta. Using both film and digital formats, Watson photographed the surroundings and encounters with the local community. Led by their friends from Factory Five, they headed into a frenetic network of massive residential complexes, large industrial parks, and super highways. At first glance, the route seemed straightforward, however, the reality of the 1,000km trip was far more intense than anyone expected.
The following photographs from their trip were taken by John Watson, depicting his impression of what is meant by “the ends justify the means.”
This is The Ends.
Available for sale online and at Mission Workshop San Francisco. Ships Monday 6/17.”
Please spread the word, buy a copy of the book for $35 and roll through the show this Saturday!Comments Off
This is a re-post from Brooks England’s blog..
Aficionados of the lugged steel frame game know that it’s not just among serious Lord Of The Rings fans that the name Rivendell can conjure an eye-twinkle, followed by the immediate desire on the part of those within earshot to start feverishly exchanging trivia on the subject.
Since establishing his company twenty years ago, Rivendell‘s commander-in-chief Grant Petersen has continually produced bicycles with which their eventual owners tend to develop a rare type of bond, one that goes far beyond the conventional attachment most other riders have towards their machines.
So naturally, when a pair of Rivendell owners get together, there’s going to be some Bike Talk.
There may also be Book Talk. Grant released his first bicycle book, “Just Ride”, last year to enthusiastic reviews. He kindly gave us a piece for this year’s Brooks Bugle with the background story of its publication.
And let’s not forget that the still-available back issues of his Rivendell Reader can, as ever, be mined both for good advice and sheer pleasure by anyone with even a remote interest in bikes, honesty or fine sentences.
Brooks saddles and Rivendell frames have plenty of shared history on the road.
Of course, none of this is breaking news by any means, but we do have some information this morning that in a couple of years’ time could figure in a Rivendell Trivia Quiz.
When and where did the first ever Rivendell Pop-Up store take place?
From June 1st to June 9th, Grant and his team are temporarily setting up shop at a location in the Mission District of San Francisco. Depending on how things work out, they might even stay a bit longer.
Apart from being able to see first hand some of the most thoughtfully designed lugged steel frames available anywhere, visitors to the Rivendell Pop-Up will also be able to get their hands on special coupons, limited run Rivendell posters, and maybe even a cup of coffee.
Plans for a couple of giveaways and some secret (oops) super-deals are also in the pipeline. But don’t tell anyone you heard it from us…
And if you’re lucky, one of Rivendell’s premiere wheel builders Rick Lesnik might be on hand when you drop in, to show you how it’s really done.
These won’t be the only Wheels of Steel instore, though. We’ve been given to understand that a soothing soundtrack of the finest lugged Swedish jazz will serve as musical accompaniment to guests for at least a portion of the shop’s opening hours.
You have been warned.
Rivendell Bicycle Works SF
June 1st through 9th
12pm – 7pm
3156 24th Street San Francisco, CA 94110
On April 28, San Francisco’s Justin Herman Plaza will once again serve as the setting for the collision of fixed-gear biking and urban contemporary art known as Red Bull Ride + Style. After a highly successful inaugural kickoff in 2011 (see video below), the event returns even bigger and better for 2012.
Red Bull Ride + Style features fixed-gear riders facing off in both track and freestyle competitions, with the obstacles designed and decorated by San Francisco artists. In 2011, the event brought together more than 50 riders from both coasts, including riders from such fixed-gear meccas as San Francisco, Portland, New York and even Japan.
Last year’s top 10 finalists in both categories will be automatically invited back to this year’s event. While the remaining spots in freestyle are invite-only, the track competition will be open to all riders. A qualifying round on the Red Bull Mini Drome will be held on Thursday, April 26 at Mezzanine (444 Jessie St.) to see who makes it into the big show.
This year’s racetrack is being designed with input from selected participants from the 2011 Red Bull Ride + Style event. Details will be released on the new track and freestyle course prior to the event, so riders can prepare themselves properly for the demands of event day. Another update with the full list of invited freestyle athletes and more information about the event will be released shortly.contribute
Ever wondered what it might be like to take performance-enhancing drugs? Andrew Tilin did. Knowing that many riders in the Northern California Masters racing scene were taking anything from EPO through HGH to synthetic testosterone but unable to get anyone to go on record about the effects (and side effects), he decided to find out for himself and document the result.
Andrew will be reading from his book and hosting a Q&A session at MontanoVelo. Entrance is free.
Saturday June 5th, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
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