Converted Bicycles, 2013, India
Coming from the Netherlands, where practically everybody owns a bicycle, I was amazed by the role of the bicycle in India. Besides functioning as a basic means of transportation, it also serves as a movable store, kitchen, and phone charger; the various, ingenious applications I see on a daily basis seem to be endless. With minimal tools and resources bicycles are adjusted to accommodate a wide spectrum of pre-decided future tasks and the bike, in that way, as a readily accessible device, fulfills an essential role in supporting the livelihood of many. This radically thorough and fiercely diverse approach stands in sharp contrast with the rather absent-minded way we think of bicycles in the Netherlands, where they only serve one purpose: getting you from one place to the other.