Stephan Vanfleteren

mickster | cycling culture,photographers | Monday, November 30th, 2009

I’ve been in Gent recently for the Zesdaagse Vlaanderen-Gent six day bike race cum booze-up. Its become kind of an annual pilgrimage for me and about 15 friends where we hang out and discuss, racing, bikes, women & the meaning of life whilst getting slowly and inexorably smashed… 🙂

Highlight for me however wasn’t the racing – it was the show of Stephan vanFleteren‘s portraits from the past 20 years. We came across it by chance whilst scooting around Gent in the pouring rain. Housed in a wonderful old cinema building called the Wintercircus Mahy, only the structure of the place remains, and it provides a great and gritty ambience for the work of Belgium’s finest portrait photographer.

the ride journal

mickster | cycling culture,photographers | Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Harpa, Reykjavik 2008

It’s good to see that issue one of The Ride Journal is about to hit the streets – a new UK-based Journal on cycling and bike culture very much in the quaterly journal ‘Rouleur’ quality mould, and featuring writing and photography on bike culture from all over the world. There’s even a few snaps from me in there, though as I’m still waiting for see a copy (hint hint mr editor man 😉 ) I’ve no idea how it all turned out. The journal should be available from the usual magazine outlets and bike shops nationwide soon.

new gf portraits

mickster | cycling culture,photographers | Sunday, April 6th, 2008

Two new portraits from good friday. The second one’s of Scot, one of London’s fastest couriers who’s been tearing it up at pretty much every track and crit race in London over this past year.

I’m nearing the end of a 6 month photo project involving the DTS students at an evangelical Christian community based in East Sussex. It’s been an exhilarating and at times quite touching project and I’m excited that the shooting phase is nearing completion. I’ll be posting some taster images from this project as soon as I can tear myself away from the 6×7 and sit myself down in front of the scanner… I LOATHE scanning and PP in general – I’ll take a camera, the outdoors and someone who’s willing to have their portrait taken over a scanner, a workstation and photoshop any day.

Finally a quick heads up that the London Independent Photography collective is about to launch its next magazine, featuring work from many of London’s finest art and documentary photographers. You can find it at most photo galleries (NPG, Tate Modern, ICA, Photographers Gallery etc) and many art / photo bookshops (eg Koenig on Charing X rd).

good friday portraits

mickster | cycling culture,photographers | Friday, April 4th, 2008

as promised, some portraits from this years’ good friday meeting at Herne Hill, South London.

the big chill

mickster | cycling culture | Saturday, March 22nd, 2008


Pics from the coldest good friday meet i’ve ever been to. Congrats to all the riders who stuck it out – it was a good day. Pics by Craig Beech.
There’ll be a couple of portraits from me on here soon – ahh the sense of mystery and anticipation you only get from shooting film 😉

good friday 08

mickster | cycling culture,photographers | Thursday, March 20th, 2008


Here’s hoping that the rain, wind – and if you believe the Met office – snow flurries hold off for tomorrow’s annual track extravaganza in South London.
I’ll be there come rain or shine taking portraits either of the punters and the riders, or if the weather’s shite of a bunch of half cut friends and a fed up camera crew in the pub in E Dulwich. Maz Lewis has been working on producing a 30 min documentary on the event which culminates in her filming the action tomorrow…keeping fingers crossed for her as well as for the riders and organisers.

hey! you at the back, catch-up…

mickster | cycling culture | Sunday, March 16th, 2008


What’s this – the first post of 2008 natch, and it’s almost easter… Life’s taken off in all sorts of new directions these past few months – exhilaration + exhaustion (the good kind). I’ve been working on a couple of photographic projects which – fingers crossed – will hopefully turn into a Masters degree in photography in about 18 months time. I’m so excited!
So the blog’s not dead, just having a long slow nap which will be punctuated by occasional moments of wakefulness/lucidity when I get the time…
…which brings me to a fitting first post of 2008, and that’s announcing the (kinda) relaunch of the soon-to-be-global rollapaluza phenomenon. They’ve been running roller racing shows since 2000 – that’s pre 9/11, pre Bush ‘n Blairs ‘war on terror’ and just as Armstrong was about to go and win the tour for a second time to prove that his first win wasn’t a fluke… Yup, THAT long. And this year looks like its gonna be a big one for them. They’re good people and we say ‘chapeau!’ to them for doing what they do and being the best in the business at it. And we also love the new red/black logo and site re-design: we at badbean like to imagine that it’s a sign of Winston’s anarcho-syndicalist leanings… but then again it could be that he’s just a closet addicks fan. We’ll let you decide.

culture clash II

mickster | cycling culture | Thursday, November 15th, 2007


This Saturday it’s the first installment of this winter’s Rapha-sponsored Rollapaluza roller racing series. Following up this Feb’s extravaganza at Shoreditch Town Hall, culture clash II takes place just down the road on Old St. In a classic car garage no less… There’ll be the usual smattering of bands, DJs, beer and the like, and we hear the races themselves are gonna take place in a boxing ring, which is gonna make for some great racing and spectating. See you there!

Event is at 250 Old St EC1 7pm-1am. More details:

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