Photographer Cedric Lefebvre of Brussels, known to many a motorbiking leathermen via biker networks, reveals the hidden subculture of bikers through a series of intimate portraits in his new book, Bikershot. Due for release in November, to some the new book will uncover a ‘hidden’ biker culture and to those in the gay biking community not surprised to see a volume complete with very strong homoeroticism.
Bikershot features a series of portraits of European, American and Australian riders with their bikes and their gear. The portraits play on the symbolism of bikes and brands, contrasting the image an individual projects with the secret personality behind the leather jacket.
The protraits grew out of Lefebvre’s concept of creating a ‘playing card’ portrait of a biker to show two opposing aspects of the same individual. The idea of a portrait with this dual concept of the spoken and the hidden at its core, and a growing sense of iconography, the word spread through the biker community on social media. Increasing requests from bikers volunteering to be photographed and a growing base of fans want more, Lefebvre decided to create the Bikershot collection.
Lefebvre says, “Bikers are a tribe. Brands, style and behaviours are their language; a language of heroes, seducers and even fetishism. But each man has a unique syntax in their language, deciphering it is the ultimate aim of my portraits.
Cedric Lefebvre is a photographer based in Brussels. He is inspired by his training as a psychologist to explore the links between society, culture and identity. His photography has been exhibited in galleries across Europe and featured in international photography publications. Bikershot has a strong following on his vibrant Facebook page, and at his website.
Bikershot the photobook will be available mid-November 2014 at Amazon.
Look out for a review of Bikershot on LeatherWest soon, including a further in-depth interview with creator Cedric Lefebvre.
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