BMX freestyle rider Murray Loubser sessions the city of Cape Town

Be honest, regardless of what type of bike you ride, on a day-to-day basis you sit at your desk and daydream of being out there.

Now, ride along as Murray Loubser turns that dream into a reality in Shapes in the City, in which he’s transported from a lecture room into a BMX scene scape, sessioning some of the most iconic locations in, and around the City of Cape Town.

BMX freestyle rider Murray Loubser sessions Taal Monument  near Paarl mountain
The classic and very textbook Tabletop on a natural quarter pipe at Taal Monument.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

While the action edit below is easy on the eyes, it is but one arm of a stills photography project Murray and photographer Wayne Reiche (himself an OG in the SA BMX scene) have had in the works for a few years. “Murray and I shot together back in 2016 and there was this one shot at the yellow rectangle at the Cape Town train station that sort of sparked the idea,” says the Cape Town-based lensman.

“Then, the more time I spent shooting BMX, not necessarily just with Murray (although we shoot together a lot) the more it sort of took shape. The shadows and geometry and light changes really intrigued me in some spots and I do tend to shoot two-dimensional, calculated shots when shooting wide, rather than weird angles. This project is the culmination all of that put together,” Wayne says.

Murray Loubser performs a Switch Tailwhip off a Sculpture in Cape Town, South Africa on July 15, 2020
Trick: Tyre ride up the sculpture to Switch Tailwhip Off. | Location: Zeitz

It then morphed into something so much more than ‘just’ a stills project and eventually the cityscapes provided a blank canvas on which was painted a tight action edit accompanied by the photographic body of work. In addition there is a behind-the-scenes biopic of sorts ‘SHAPES’, which also outlines Murray’s rise from the small town Gansbaai on South Africa’s Southern Cape coast and to being one of the country’s top riders. The biopic paints an intimate picture of a talent being groomed, family and friendship influences, as well as the single-minded drive to nail every trick. It also lends an intimate insight into the creative team (BMX riders all) that brought this project to life.

Murray Loubser performs an Alley-Oop 270 Barspin  in Cape Town, South Africa on July 15, 2020
Trick: Alley-Oop Barspin
Murray Loubser performs an Opposite Wallride in Cape Town, South Africa on July 15, 2020
Trick: Opposite Wallride to opposite 180 Out. | Location: V&A Waterfront.
Murray Loubser performs a Tailwhip at the Afrikaans Language Monument  in Paarl, South Africa on July 16, 2020
Trick: Tailwhip | Location: Paarl
Murray Loubser performs a Tailwhip at the Afrikaans Language Monument  in Paarl, South Africa on July 16, 2020
Another Tailwhip
Murray Loubser performs a Smith Grind in Cape Town, South Africa on July 15, 2020
Trick: The Smith Grind | Location: V&A Waterfront
Murray Loubser performs a Hop Barspin in Cape Town, South Africa on July 15, 2020
The bunny hop barspin | Shot while moving between filming locations.
Murray Loubser performs an Alley-Oop 270 Barspin  in Cape Town, South Africa on July 15, 2020
Alley-Oop Barspin | Location: V&A Waterfront.
Murray Loubser is seen at the Afrikaans Language Monument  in Paarl, South Africa on July 16, 2020
The Zone. – It’s also a trick.

Watch it here


| Credit: Wayne Reiche / Red Bull Content Pool |

| Interviews: with Murray Loubser and Wayne Reiche |


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