Bicycle Portraits ::: A Different Kind of Streetstyle in South Africa

Posted in Uncategorized by strytllng on June 2, 2010

While cycling up and down the bike lanes through Berlin’s breezy streets has become the new IT and bikes have quickly evolved into status symbols where safety locks can be covered with luxurious leather and the frame be engraved with our favourite poem, South African commuters are facing tougher challenges each and every single day. I have stumbled across this project on twitter with a bit more than 100 followers but was fascinated to find out that even Facehunter has twittered about this unique project – I am speaking about Bicycle Portraits by Stan Engelbrecht and Nic Grobler.

The project which has started in 2010 will not focus on photographing people who ride purely for exercise or recreation, but instead they are focussing on those who use bicycles as an integral tool in their day-to-day existence. In South Africa, only few people use the bike as a tool of transportation even though there is a lack of proper public transport infrastructure, and that which does exist is expensive and unsafe.

“I bought this bike one year ago now. And I like riding my bicycle. I’m Malawian, and I came to South Africa in November of 2008. I also had a bicycle in Malawi. I like the exercise, that’s why I like bicycles. But it’s more dangerous here because here there are lots of cars… Malawi has much fewer cars that here. Luckily since I came here I’ve had no accidents. I have a helmet at home but because it’s hot today that’s why I left it. I prefer this bike to a mountain bike because this one rides very quickly, ha, ha! But I need a faster one because this one is now finished, the tires are finished!” Inock Banda

While riding a bike in Berlin is considered hip and chic and entire streets such as Linienstrasse are dedicated to bikes and their environmental-friendly image, the means of transportation in South Africa still indicate a social gap where there is a growing divide between those who can afford motorised transport and those who struggle to.

We’ve noticed that as our major centers develop there still seems to be a trend to make cities more friendly for cars, not people.

Both guys are South Africans touring through their country by bike; documenting those they meet; with a need to raise awareness for the underprivileged bicycle community with this self-published book project. The Hardcover book will be published as soon as the costs are funded. Awareness for using bicycles among all social classes is the goal.

We’re finding out who rides bicycles, why they ride bicycles, if and why they love their bicycles, and of course why so few South Africans choose bicycles as a transport option.

“I’ve rode all over with this bike – even as far as Harrismith, Frankfort, Tweeling and Reitz. Since 1967, it’s an old bicycle! Old! I’ve got carriers for the front and back, I’ve taken off the font one, but if I go load, I put it on. I hope my children will also get into cycling in the future so that they can go to new places.” Amos Mphuti

The long-term goal of this book is to provide skills, and necessities like helmets, tires, locks and more, to support those riding bikes financially through a start-up charity and to promote cycling as a means of independent transportation, empowering the underprivileged, environmental-friendly and to regain the awareness that the city should also be for the people and not just be for cars.

Please support the project, which is 55% funded by now. Pledging starts at $1, get yourself a pre-order copy starting at $50 or even get a special shoutout with a higher pledge. For more information or the pledge-for-reward system visit – or – to get involved or find out more about the project. Follow them on twitter –

..:::Thank You Note:::..

Posted in Uncategorized by strytllng on May 22, 2010

Dear past week,

I am grateful for many things this past week (well, not the grey-ish thing covering up Springsun). I got to invitations to see Sex and the City 2, One invitation to see Lykke Li perform while Yvan Rodic from Facehunter will document the fashioncrowd and Berlin’s celebrity restaurant , Borchardt’s, will provide some catering but what I liked the most must have been the arrival of the prize that I won from a Twittercontest from Miggy Likes The Internet.

Playful Promises, a London-based lingerie and swimwear boutique, so kindly hooked me up with one of their beautiful swimwear creations. The model I snatched is called Suzy Bikini and I can tell you: Suzy and her little fan print and ruffles are quite the eye-candy. Too bad we will never see the sun this summer. Suzy and me would have such fun at the beach!

A big THANX to Miggy and to the girls at Playful Promises!



Impressions ::: Facehunter in Berlin

Posted in Uncategorized by strytllng on March 22, 2010

*Waiting for Yvan*

Journalist Jan Joswig with Berlin Fashion TV
BerlinFashion.TV crew

Danish Beauties

*He may have been late but made up for it by giving everyone in the room some personal time.*

Hunting Faces

Anna from kalinka..kalinka

Happy me


All Photos are Strytllng’s own. Bookimpressions were photographed from the original FACEHUNTER book,

Interview ::: When Yvan Rodic came to town

Posted in Uncategorized by strytllng on March 18, 2010

It may have been the last interview of the evening, we were tired and sometimes misunderstood each other but Yvan surely is a great interview partner. When being asked a question he will answer calm and eloquent. He takes his time for everybody who is interested and wants a piece of him. He is charismatic and keeps the bloggers standing in the interview queue happy with champagne. Yvan Rodic is a true professional who does what he likes and sometimes seems like he hasn’t realized that the formerly small blogger has become a celebrity and media spectacle wherever he goes. Watch the video and you will know what I mean. After misunderstanding my first question he comes back to answering it and tells us what fashion means to him, why he comes out with a book after making a buzz on the internet and what will be next for the handsome streetstyle blogger.

I am not obsessed with fashion…I like the idea of it as a form of creativity – a personal expression.

Easy as a breeze

Posted in Uncategorized by strytllng on March 18, 2010

I just got back from an evening full of highlights. First of all the interview with Ivan Rodic (Facehunter), then a very long and intimate evening with friends that I haven’t seen for a long time. I feel very happy right now – I feel like this was close to perfect and the birds tweeting like they only do at springtime made me smile all the way home at 4am on a breezy March morning in Berlin. The video expresses my current mood. Deep melodic joyful melancholy because you know that this moment is perfect but will never last. Just like the birds in the video we are here to inspire and create – everyday anew.



Douglas Greed – Oh MY

From the three track EP called “St. Eisbein” that has just been released on ‘Freude Am Tanzen’.
Video via YouTube

Open Call ::: Questions to ask Yvan Rodic aka FACEHUNTER

Posted in Uncategorized by strytllng on March 14, 2010

We all know and love his blog FACEHUNTER. Can you imagine a little blogette’s heart jumping up and down when a PR agency tells her that she will meet Yvan Rodic himself for his book release this Wednesday???!!!! I am kinda goin’ nuts over this. Love his blog, his realistic aesthetic, his eye for simple details – love FACEHUNTER.

+++This is when my blogette heart pumps in: Just  three more days to go. What should I ask him if I got five questions to pose?+++

My dear and loyal readers – can you help with this joyful task?

The most innovative questions will be forwarded to Yvan and the results will be published on Strytllng.

When + where = Facebook.

Your Strytllr.

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