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A chocolate box selection of twenty-odd cycling images taken in the course of my morning bicycle rides around the part of East Sussex in which I live. Some are taken in town, along the seafronts of St Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings and Bexhill, others out o the picturesque little lanes that lace the Sussex weald. All are taken within a twelve mile radius of my home.

The most interesting journeys are those we take within ourselves. As a travel writer and photographer whose professional life has taken him to over 100 countries I wanted to rise to the challenge of finding the beautiful and exotic close to home. I think I have. I have certainly come to see and appreciate my own local surroundings in new and vared lights. 

In all of these images I am both the photographer and the cyclist in frame – a technical challenge that requires, in addition to a camera, tripod and intervalometer, an enormous amount of practice, patience and planning, together with an almost neurotic obsession with detail and a willingness to do many, many takes sometimes in order to get it ‘right’.  I carry all my gear on my bicycle – the tripod lashed to the rear rack, camera bodies, lenses and other gear in a rather heavy pack on my pack. I plan ahead and often I have to be on the road by 4:30 am in order to ride to where I need to be in order to capture the light or the fall of shadow at just the right moment for the image I have in mind.

I hope you’ll see some images here you like.

Roff Smith