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Across Kyrgyzstan by Bicycle
Old 12-20-2016   #1
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Across Kyrgyzstan by Bicycle

This summer I spent a little over three weeks pedaling across Kyrgyzstan with a few friends. We flew into the capital, Bishkek, and hired a driver to transport us and our gear to the eastern part of the country, near Karakol. From there, we began our 1,000 km ride back to Bishkek via a route we'd mapped out, loosely following the beautiful Tian Shan Mountains. The people and places we passed by were unforgettable.

I'll post a handful of photos here to give you a sense of the trip, but you can see my entire set of photos here: Across Kyrgyzstan.

All of the photos in the set were shot on Ilford HP5+ using my Leica MP and 35mm Summicron ASPH. I'd welcome any feedback, thanks!







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Old 12-20-2016   #2
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Beautiful scenery of course. Wouldn't have thought to cycle through it though.
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This is so awesome. Really great work.
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Fabulous portfolio man.
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Old 12-20-2016   #5
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Wow! Wonderful images. Feel like cycling now...
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Old 12-20-2016   #6
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Looks like the trip of a lifetime. Love the pics
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Old 12-20-2016   #7
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Amazing pictures and place!
Also I love the look you get out of HP5+. Care to share your recipe?
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Old 12-20-2016   #8
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Beautiful photos, great trip. I see you are using a sram X1. Looks like a Salsa or similar.

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Old 12-20-2016   #9
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I looked through the photos on your website. What a real feat to cycle through the country! My favorites are those photos of you guys mingling with the locals. Did you take any color landscapes?
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Old 12-20-2016   #10
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yes, wow the full folio is amazing.
well done.

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Old 12-20-2016   #11
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Wonderful!
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Old 12-20-2016   #12
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Great adventure and very nice photo essay, Lucas!
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Old 12-20-2016   #13
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Nice, impressive and peaceful! My favorite is #57.
Thanks for taking it with Leica and on film!
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Old 12-20-2016   #14
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What an amazing trip, documented with some fine photos! That looks like some rugged terrain that you pedaled through. I was amused to see a donkey with a VW crest on its forehead and I especially liked the interaction with the local folk. And I, too, like that you're shooting film.

Your photos look like they were all taken with no filters. Is that your preferred approach?

Thanks for sharing your experience and your photographs with us.

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Lucas,
I just spent some time looking through all the images you have posted on your website. Superb images, all! They transported me across the globe… Thank you!!
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Great stuff...thanks.
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Old 12-20-2016   #17
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Amazing experience and great work. Having been to the Tian Shan mountains myself in the 1990s, your photographs are sort of a déjà vu. It is an overwhelming landscape and the hospitality of the people one of a kind (as it is in the Altai mountains or the Pamir region). Happy memories.
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I saw the post on the Peak Design website before but didn't realize it's the same trip you are on. Great pictures; sounds like a great adventure!
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Great photos, looks like a fantastic trip
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Wow what an adventure. The views are just breathtaking and the people look very welcoming too.

Must have been an awesome ride, thanks for sharing!!

edit: I visited your page
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Nice photographs.
Try to contact Red Bull they have a nature Magazine (Terra Mater) and a Company Advertising (Red Bulletin) mag that loves that Kind of thing B/W + bike and less well known countries
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Thanks for the feedback, everyone! This is the first time I've shared a body of work here, so I really appreciate the kind words and encouragement.
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Old 12-21-2016   #23
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I wanted to keep my photo gear to a minimum as extra space is quite hard to find on trips like these, so I shot everything using a single camera, lens, film stock, and filter (multi-coated UV). I do occasionally use color filters in B+W work, but not for this trip. I debated between HP5 and FP4 and ultimately went with HP5, though once I was there I realized that FP4 would have been a fast enough film under the blazing Kyrgyz sun.

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What an amazing trip, documented with some fine photos! That looks like some rugged terrain that you pedaled through. I was amused to see a donkey with a VW crest on its forehead and I especially liked the interaction with the local folk. And I, too, like that you're shooting film.

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very nice..love the images
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What a fantastic trip. Thanks for sharing it. I'd love to do a similar trip someday...on a motorcycle.
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Biggest tires I've ever seen on a bike.
Nice photos. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 12-21-2016   #27
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Congratulations on the trip. For those interested in another photographic journey through that area of the world, try Ivan Sigal's White Road.

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Bravo! I dream of taking a trip like this some day.

Did you need to take special care to pack the MP for travel on those rough roads, or did you simply throw it into one of your bags?
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Wonderful adventure!!
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The full set is simply amazing. Wonderful work man.
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Great series. Wonderful work!
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I envy that experience, even though i am totally not the kind of person to actually want to do that sort of thing....

Love the VW Burro, and the father+sweet daughter with kitty ears.
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Superb work congratulations.
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what a trip and very impressive, memorable photos. admire you for choosing both route and gear
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Lovely work and congrats.
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Excellent stuff, the images are so consistent, it was a good idea to go with the simple kit
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Congratulations on a great photo essay of a wonderful trip of a lifetime. Your choice of camera and film has added to the atmosphere and given a timeless feel to this project. I am an avid user of HP5+ and these are some great shots.

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Pure magic. Thanks so much for stirring the blood and lifting the eyes to the horizon. Been too long since my last adventure.
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Fantastic!
Great processing too, I would also be interested in your method.
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