Cap­tur­ing the city’s cy­clists

Pho­tog­ra­pher Vic­to­ria Vin­cent cel­e­brates cy­cling in the city with new ex­hi­bi­tion.

The Wellingtonian - - Front Page - By Ju­lian

Vic­to­ria Vin­cent is a Welling­ton based com­mer­cial and por­trait pho­tog­ra­pher. Her new pho­to­graphic ex­hi­bi­tion ‘‘i do it’’ is on at This­tle Hall and fea­tures Welling­ton women cy­cling around the city.

What was your mo­ti­va­tion be­hind this work?

My mo­ti­va­tion was to cap­ture the joy that I feel when I ride my bike to work. I knew there were go­ing to be lots of ad­van­tages, but the free­dom, joy and em­pow­er­ment I get were a real sur­prise.

What do you think are some of the bar­ri­ers to get­ting more women cy­cling in the city?

There are a num­ber of per­ceived bar­ri­ers; kids, weather, hills. There are ways to over­come all of these bar­ri­ers. For me it was work­ing out a so­lu­tion where I could drop my son off at his creche with the car, then ride my bike into the city for work. It took me a while to work it out, but there is no go­ing back for me now.

Are you a cyclist your­self, what do you like/ dis­like about it ?

I’m not sure if I would de­scribe my­self as a cyclist, as that to me is some­one that rides their bike for fit­ness. For me it’s about con­ve­nience and plea­sure. These days in­stead of ar­riv­ing at work an­noyed at hav­ing to pay $12 to park for a few hours in a carpark or top­ping up my Snap­per card then catch­ing the bus. I ar­rive feel­ing like I own this city. I ar­rive at work with a clear head (hav­ing just got three kids out the door), feel­ing smug that I have over­taken the bus, passed the cars us­ing the bike/bus lane and then used the quiet side streets to get to work in half the time any other method would have taken me. All while get­ting fresh air and a bit of ex­er­cise.

What was the most sur­pris­ing or mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence you had while do­ing this project?

That there were over 100 peo­ple at the open­ing night. It re­ally shows that this is a hot topic, women that ride their bikes re­ally want to cel­e­brate it and want to en­cour­age other women to ride too.

The more the bet­ter for all of us. One of the things that re­ally surprised and de­lighted me is that out of all the women that I stopped, only two didn’t want to be pho­tographed. The rest all were de­lighted to hear about the project and said ‘Yes I’d love a photo with my bike. I love my bike!’ Bikes are a huge source of em­pow­er­ment, for women, and we want to make sure other women know how amaz­ing it can be.

Where is your favourite place in New Zealand?

Lake Pukaki. I love that it is still un­touched from tourism, and you can camp there for free. When we go there with our chil­dren, they be­come the best ver­sions of them­selves. It’s amaz­ing to watch them spend hours learn­ing to skim stones or build a swing or learn to whis­tle with grass. Things we un­for­tu­nately don’t al­ways make time for at home.

Can you de­scribe a per­fect Satur­day?

The per­fect Satur­day is ac­tu­ally quite rare…but this is how it goes. Get up latish, bake some sourdough, visit the lo­cal veg mar­kets, then spend the af­ter­noon chilling with my fam­ily fol­lowed by a shared din­ner and vino with friends.

What’s the last book you read?

Arthur& Ge­orge Barnes.

What mu­sic have you been lis­ten­ing to lately?

I have re­cently fallen in love with Wood­kid.

LOOK WHO’S TALK­ING

Pho­tog­ra­pher Vic­to­ria Vin­cent in front of a poster for her new ex­hi­bi­tion ‘i do it’.

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