The eye of a photographer is one to be reckoned with, always reminding us about the subtleties that lie underneath the grand panorama of our world. Tina Erickson also known as the Picture Pedaler brings her keen eye to the industrial zones of Oakland and Alameda and grabs those subtleties, bringing them into focus, so to speak.
If this process does anything, it provides us with a sort of magnifying glass that lets us see deeper, more intuitively, into the world’s minute underpinnings, forcing us to remember that this place isn’t actually all grand vistas and vast landscapes, but billions of tiny pieces stitched closely together. And the result is almost poetic.
I’m smitten by Tina’s work, not only because of the microscope she uses but also that she’s brave enough to travel into the relatively inhospitable industrial zones of Oakland with an expensive camera. And also because bicycles are a big part of her process. I just love bikes.
I asked Tina some questions about her style:
How is the bicycle part of your photography vision?
Photography is a big part of who I am and how I move though the world. When I bought the bicycle I have now, I brought the camera with me. I realized pedaling broadened my range of scope and allowed me to take more photos than I normally would on foot. Over time, the bicycle has become as important to me as the camera. When I go out riding, I ride for hours. I rarely put the camera away.
You focus a lot on industrial areas, what do they mean to you?
I am drawn to places and things that are lost or forgotten. I see beauty in the decay. In an urban environment, those places are often found along railroads, piers, or factory heavy streets. In a place seemingly still and desolate, there are many traces of life. I chase memories, even when they are not my own.
How would you describe your technique in five words?
Pedal, wander, daydream, see, collect.
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