Willem Velthoven

Bike Crash Portraits

Eyes on damaged faces for Sur Place

For our Sur Place exhibition (May 8, 2010), I'm collecting portraits of people who have crashed with their bike and live to tell the story (and have their picture taken). Please send me your crash Portraits. willem@mediamatic.net

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Cara Wiseman from London – Bike Crash Portrait 2007 - Photo by Cara Wiseman (via mail). *Bike Face** "I was drunk"

Bike Crash Portraits will be displayed as the photography component of the Sur Place show about track, messengers and urban fixed gear culture. The show will open at Mediamatic Bank in Amsterdam on May 8, 2010.

The collection mixes (self) portraits of amateurs and pros. We select the photos that will be part of the exhibit based on the glimmer in the eye of the wounded person offering a damaged face to the camera. We prefer if they appear like a look in the mirror.
This look is a mix of vulnerability, hurt, fear but also curiosity, fascination and sometimes even pride.

Never self pity.

The images are silent and somewhat introspective.
Some self portraits are taken with a telephone, for lack of a mirror. Others are taken with a webcam to share on line, used as a social mirror.

Some pictures are captured by concerned family members or friends. Occasionally a carefully composed, professional looking Hasselblad BW image. And many carefully posed self portraits by crash victims with apparent photographic talent.

When our faces are damaged, it's a good time to study them.
Of course there are numerous damaged face photos out there but those will not become part of the collection. Not if they don’t have this look, the damage must come from a bicycle accident.

So if you know of images that should be part of this collection and exhibition, please drop me a line: willem@mediamatic.net or just post on this page. Thank you.

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Jack Martinez from Costa Mesa – Bike Crash Portrait - Photo by Jack a Martinez of Backward Circle Bike co. Don't catch me riding fixie

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Ashley Williams from Washington D.C. – Bike Crash Portrait 2009 - Photo by Adam Williams "My sister flipped over her handlebars taking the 14th street hill in Washington D.C., NW. Made for an interesting sight when we walked her back in her business clothes through the business district at 10am. " By: Willem Velthoven

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Daniel Lescot Bike Crash Portrait - After he flew down some steps at 30km/hr in Prague last summer. Got the photo via Pristine

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Arie Altena Amsterdam - Bike Crash Portrait 1994 - Arie crashed in front of his own house in Amsterdam, Staatsliedenbuurt. By: Arie Altena

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Jared from San Francisco – Bike Crash Portrait 2008 - Photo by Cole Emde found on Flickr Jared Marr Black Eye from Bike Crash http://www.cole-emde.com

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Allison Bike Crash Portrait - Image by Allison found on Flickr

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Matan from Rome/London – Bike Crash Portrait - Photo by Matan Rochlitz found on Flickr . (cropped by Mediamatic) My Narcissism Knows No Limits Wine + Bicycle + Ice... Only a broken nose. Had to take a pic before washing up.

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Mattias Bike Crash Portrait - Photo by [ Mattias Frejd] found on Flickr : My Biking accident My bike's front wheel got stuck in a tram rail crossing downtown. I got a minor fracture in my right hand and some bruses, but it could've ended much worse. Now my face is almost back to normal.

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Fallenidol Bike Crash Portrait - photo by Fallenidol found on Flickr .

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Jennifer Reed Bike Crash Portrait - photo by Jennifer Reed found on Flickr .

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Steven Caddy Bike Crash Portrait - Photo by Steve Caddy found on Flickr

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Edmund White’s Bike Crash Portrait - Image by Edmund White found on Flickr

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Rhiannon Bike Crash Portrait - Photo by [ Rhiannon Smith / Robotsarsosex] found on Flickr : Pain I got into a bicycle accident on Friday night- it hurts- but, I'll live- I must be some kind of masochist because I am sort of fascinated by the way I look right now…

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Peer from Hamburg – Bike Crash Portrait 2007 - Photo by Peer Brockhöfer/Kibonaut found on Flickr . (Cropped by Mediamatic) John Merrick

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Allison Bike Crash Portrait - Image by Allison found on Flickr

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Danny Bean from London – Bike Crash Portrait - Photo by Danny Bean found on Flickr Face Bike Crash - Mystery Solved! On Monday 22nd January 2007 I was cycling back from work, had an accident and woke up in hospital not knowing how I got there. I found out from the ambulance service where I was picked up and revisited the scene to see if I could make sense of the mystery. It seems as though my front wheel fell through a slot in a footbridge and I was thrown over my handlebars and landed on my face. In my defence, It was pitch dark at the…

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Max Bike Crash Portrait - Photo by [ Max Wheeler / Makenosound] found on Flickr War wounds I took on a car the other day and lost. I don't really remember much, I was riding to a physio appointment and next thing I know I'm in an ambulance. Apparently I smashed into the windscreen, then went over the top of the car onto the street. There's about 20 minutes missing from my memory there. Thankfully my injuries were mostly superficial, a bunch of scrapes all over, a nice big cut on my forehead and few chipped…

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David Bump Bike Crash Portrait - Photo by David Bump found on Flickr

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Fallenidol Bike Crash Portrait - photo by Fallenidol found on Flickr .

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Nathan Bike Crash Portrait - Photo by Nathan Hodges found on Flickr .

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Paula Bike Crash Postrait - Photo by Paula Burke found on Flickr .

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Reinhold Bike Crash Portrait - Photo by Reinhold Stansich found on Flickr The results of my crash with the MTB that happened yesterday (June 30, 2007). Besides destroying the helmet, the glasses, the trousers and the shirt I had massive graze all over the right hand side of my body. The right glass of the glasses (Adidas Evil Eye) left me with an evil eye indeed, it cut deeply into the upper and lower palpebra and left a big hematoma. It had to be sutured with 4 stitches each. Looking at the glasses however it is clearly…

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Will Bike Crash Portrait - Photo by Will / askance.glance found on Flickr .

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Seth Bike Crash Portrait - Photo by Seth m/piglicker found on Flickr . Zombie Shot taken last night when i got back from the hospital. aftermath of pedestrian / mountain bike / pavement / face extravaganza. apparently, the teeth that i lost made their way out through my top lip. mmm.

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Jeremy Bike Crash Portrait - Photo Submitted by Jeremy Albert . “bike wreck + 4 stitches. can no longer grow beard hair on my chin.”

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Olaf Bike Crash Portrait - Submitted by Olaf Wit By:

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Matan from Rome/London – Bike Crash Portrait - Photo by Matan Rochlitz found on Flickr . My Narcissism Knows No Limits Wine + Bicycle + Ice... Only a broken nose. Had to take a pic before washing up.

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Aquamarine – Bike Crash Portrait 2009 - Photo by Miss Aquamarine found on Flickr . alone but free lone alone alone but free I will listen to you. my hand hurts. yesterday I've had a little bicycle accident, nothing that bad, but I wasn't able to lay on the right side at night, because my leg hurt. and my hand feels like an old man hand. hope you all had a better day than me!

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Matt from San Francisco – Bike Crash Portrait - Photo by Matthew Thompson/mydumbpics found on Flickr . Bike crash, face smash – All closed up luckily, i have a lovely wife to document the ordeal... big up to the paramedics that picked me up and lucy and lois in the ER at san francisco general hospital

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Peer from Hamburg – Bike Crash Portrait 2007 - Photo by Peer Brockhöfer/Kibonaut found on Flickr . John Merrick

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Thomas – Bike Crash Portrait 2009 - Photo by Thomasmax found on Flickr . 2009 06 10 bicycle accident -7 i'm better now, this was taken the day after the bicycle accident. i got the cast off my arm. the elbow fracture is almost healed, and some of the bones in my hand and wrist are better, but some are not. starting physical therapy and in 3 weeks find out if i need to have surgery to remove the unhealed bones. feeling so much better now, especially with getting the annoying cast off!!!!

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Richard from London – Bike Crash Portrait 2007 - Photo by Richard Solonke/rsolonke found on Flickr Face plant Landed a massive face plant on the sidewalk back on 5th June. On the way in to work at the Tottenham Hale roundabout. Cars and especially buses often ignore the bike lane, and this time i got squeezed into the curb and thrown face first to the pavement. Then walk back up to the house.

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Maerten from Nijmegen – Bike Crash Portrait 2006 - Photo by Maerten Prins found on Flickr . Crash test dummy (day 1) That's what you look like when you crash your bicycle at 33 km/h and land on your face. (it's me)(and it hurts)(like hell)

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Maerten from Nijmegen – Bike Crash Portrait 2006 - Photo by Maerten Prins found on Flickr . Day 4 They took the tube out of my nose!

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Tobias from Berlin – Bike Crash Portrait 2007 -