05 The Cy­clist

NPhoto - - Lightbox - Peter Bi­jster­veld, Nether­lands

This was taken at the river IJs­sel in the Nether­lands, which is close to where I live. Clouds fas­ci­nate me; this is re­flected in my work, and when I went out­side on this par­tic­u­lar morn­ing I no­ticed fleecy clouds high in the sky. On the dyke there is a cy­cle path, and as this coun­try is full of cy­clists you don’t have to wait long for one to pass by. I kept the hori­zon low to cre­ate more im­pact, and ac­cen­tu­ate the drama of the vast sky above the lonely rider. I always try to in­clude some­thing in a pic­ture so it tells a story, and in this case it’s the cy­clist. Even be­fore I took the pic­ture I knew the im­age would look best in black-and-white.

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