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.
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.
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.
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| Credit: Wayne Reiche / Red Bull Content Pool |