Re-cycle

I decided I'd been featuring too much 'picturesque Cambridge' and took Monty off in search of a bit of street grit this morning. I headed off for an obvious stretch of Cambridge graffiti on one of the busiest and ugliest roads in Cambridge (locals will know where I mean!) but it was hard to get an interesting shot. I took a slight diversion home and my eye was caught by a funky painted bike with a big arrow overhead and a hint of some graffiti down a side street. Further investigation revealed some amazing artwork and a whole forest of old bikes. I found the person in charge and asked for permission to photograph his wall and he agreed (despite the presence of a great big no photography sign!) It turns out that the workshop is open to the public various times a week and you can take along your broken bike, borrow the tools, get some free advice and fix your bike. On other days they fix up old bikes and run workshops teaching the long term unemployed bike maintenance skills. It was a really funky place and it made me finally take the plunge and start a blog (I'll let you all know when I've said something remotely interesting in it!) If I can get a decent number of followers I'd like to interview people like him and publicise their good work a bit more widely.

Meanwhile a HUGE thanks for all the favs and comments on my picturesque pictures!!
i like that, never been to Cambridge and I must say it's not what i'm thinking of when I think abour this city!
posted May 19th, 2012  
Amy
That was an amazingly talented artist... nice find.
posted May 19th, 2012  
That's really nice. Good on you for asking!
posted May 19th, 2012  
Interesting pic! What you want to do sounds nice!
posted May 19th, 2012  
Its amazing how those bikes just appear for you ready to photo! Great find and composition. I thought of you while I was away when I saw 2 bikes against a sea wall with good backgfround, I thought a JudithG shot, and took it.
posted May 19th, 2012  
@jennywren Hurrah!! I'd LOVE to have a seaside bicycle shot!!
posted May 19th, 2012  
Incredible art work and a nice shot!
posted May 19th, 2012  
Kim
Cool shot!
posted May 19th, 2012  
Cool! Pic and story and bike repair man. You could also seek out renewable energy stories for your blog :-)
posted May 19th, 2012  
This was made for you Judith & I bet your heart sang when you saw the bikes propped up in front of this graffiti ! This is a very ''edgy '' shot & you must have had great fun with your presentation or is it just as seen perhaps? It is surprising what jewels you can find off the usual paths.
posted May 19th, 2012  
Meant to say too, pretty girl ! Also I know nothing about 'blogs' so perhaps you will educate me !!!!
posted May 19th, 2012  
The artwork is cool. Your composition is pure greatness. I like it! Fav!
posted May 19th, 2012  
@fueast ooh - do you know anybody in that field ;0)
posted May 19th, 2012  
@happypat Actually it's barely tweaked Pat - it was pretty good all on its own! I'm really a novice at that blog business. Adam is helping (sort off between criticising!) I think it's a confidence thing - it's like starting 365 - you feel like an idiot talking to nobody. I need to press on and use some of the 365 'stories' to get started I think and then I'll start featuring a few of my talented friends and then work on strangers!
posted May 19th, 2012  
Cool bit of graffiti im glad he let you take the pic! =)
posted May 19th, 2012  
Very cool piece of street art. Interesting to see a different side of Cambridge.
posted May 19th, 2012  
@judithg Well me... In Cambridge. Would have to have a think. But there must be projects going on you'd think?
posted May 19th, 2012  
@judithg Sounds quite exciting & Adam will love to help with anything technical like that no doubt ! I had a thought after I had written about the tweaking that it might be as seen because the graffiti is bright to start with & the bikes looked normal !
posted May 19th, 2012  
@fueast Well plenty of people trying to sell me solar panels - and the Co-op gave our school some free ones! There must be something else - we've got plenty of eccentrics riding lawn mowers down the streets but I'm sure we must also have sane people - I'll research!!
posted May 19th, 2012  
@happypat I did try tweaking Pat (can't resist!!) - I went through all the effects but in the end just added a little bit of grittiness - probably shouldn't have done that really!
posted May 19th, 2012  
what a marvelous find and I like what you did with it. bikes of course!
posted May 19th, 2012  
Gotta fav this...there're bikes in it!
posted May 19th, 2012  
love the graffiti! Does seem that no matter where you go in Cambridge there are bikes!
posted May 19th, 2012  
Very cool looking graffiti. Thanks for sharing the story about the bike workshop. It sounds like an interesting place in your community.
posted May 19th, 2012  
Jo
Argh!!! Exactly the kind of grit I need for an idea of got!!! Even this is beautiful so stop trying to fob off Cambridge as being street and gritty!! ;) lol
posted May 19th, 2012  
@jlhopgood We're hard we are!
posted May 19th, 2012  
Jo
@judithg is that hard with an 'h'?! lol
posted May 19th, 2012  
I really like this picture. It gives the eyes a lot to look at. Nicely done!
posted May 19th, 2012  
This is a Fav. I really like it. Great news about your starting a blog. I am a big blog reader and some of my favorites are by Brits. Count me in.
posted May 19th, 2012  
beautiful street shot! I love the colours.....
posted May 19th, 2012  
brilliant judith, have you thought of cropping out that tp row of orange bricks...more impact me thnks !
posted May 19th, 2012  
Beautiful change of pace here Judith but glad to see we still have a bike or two!!! Blog sounds like it will be fun!
posted May 19th, 2012  
That's really cool!
posted May 20th, 2012  
"If I find teeth marks in that saddle, we're gonna fall out young lady!!"

Actually a great gritty shot, graffiti does publish well. Look forward to the blog, I don't think you'll be short of followers :-)
posted May 20th, 2012  
Very cool!
posted May 20th, 2012  
AWESOME street art! great capture with the bikes
posted May 20th, 2012  
Kewl xx
posted May 20th, 2012  
I might know the road - is it the one leading to the fitness studio? Love the title and that shop sounds like a really cool place!
posted May 21st, 2012  
Very cool
posted May 24th, 2012  
Great artwork... and could have guessed the photo was yours when I saw the bikes!
posted May 25th, 2012  
Love the angle that you have taken this. The way that she appears to be about to lick the bike seat adds to the edginess.
posted June 3rd, 2012  
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