Bikes of Burden.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Novice cyclist that I am, I can barely carry my bag in a basket in front of me much less, say, a stack of hula hoops, or a dead sea creature, or a collection of goldfish in plastic bags, or several hundred roses. In his book Bikes of Burden, Hans Kemp showcases the riding - and balancing - talents of Vietnamese motorcyclists. 

"Eventually, bikes will disappear as the favorite mode of transport [in Vietnam]," says Hans. "People will rely on fridges and freezers as they will be too busy to make the daily trip to the market. Roads will be widened, cars will be more available, and the world will appear through a window." Below, a few shots of a fading phenomenon.


Bikes of Burden is available for purchase, here.

9 comments:

Morgan said...

These are mind-blowing!

Kathy said...

That last photo had me do a double-take! I don't even know what kind of sea creature that is. On a tentatively related note, the title made me think of The Rolling Stones's "Beast of Burden" :)

Shoko said...

Kathy, I have no idea, either! What is that thing??

Anonymous said...

wow!!

burntfeather said...

I too did a double take! I think my fav (possibly swayed by my love of pink) is the hulla hoop one :)

Elle said...

So crazy, so cool.

Shoko said...

Thelma, I love that one, too.

Loulou said...

Haha, those are great, and quite amazing!

Tiffany said...

oh yes these are great photos!

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