Updated 26.10.2023

08 August 2008

Bicycle Transport

Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine

Thanks to Brett, a reader in Portland, for sending us this link to an exhibition by the Ugandan photographer Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine at the Blue Sky Gallery.

“In the passenger seat of my father’s car traversing his native homeland of Uganda, I took photos. On business or pleasure on maram or tarmac roads, our conversation inevitably turned to the boda boda’s – the bicycle men and the fantastical parade of services, goods and people they transported. It is our wonder at their amazing courage, skill and madness that inspired this series.”

Maybe he'll start riding his bike now, instead of driving in his father's car. Fantastic photos nonetheless.

Here's one of my own photos, from 1992, taken in Kashgar [Kashi] in Xianxiang Province in western China.

Kasghar Chicken Express 1992

It's amazing to think how important the bicycle is for third world communities. Which is the idea behind the Danish Baisikeli project, of course.