Everyday biking makes getting around the city a daily adventure full of delightful encounters, moments of fleeting beauty and, well, that feeling like you’re flying when you’re on a bike just does something to lift your spirits like nothing else. Still, it’s not all food trucks and protected bike lanes. Traffic, crowds, smelly buses, that wheel-bending pothole and the pressure to get everything done by the ticking of the clock are all stressful! But if those things went away, our city would be, well…a suburb.
Bicycle Utopia was started in New York in 2012 by transmedia artist and photographer Jeanne Hilary to make it easier to connect with the art and culture of the city by bike, and for art-loving bicyclists and bicycling creative types to connect with each other.
Bicycle Utopia maintains an up-to-date online Bike Shop Directory so you’ll always be able to find the nearest shop to fix your flat,an online events calendar, so you’ll never be at a loss for where to go, and creates maps and guides to NYC neighborhoods. In collaboration with community, arts and bicycling organizations, Bicycle Utopia organizes BikeART Parties, BikeART Banquets, panel discussions and scavenger hunts, and, now in its fourth year an Open Call for photography, and an exhibition biking in the city.
Bicycle Utopia’s Am I Invisible? Photography Open Call and Exhibition, gives participants an opportunity to share their biking experiences, and celebrate the style and diversity of bicyclists. The Open Call is open to everyone. Three juried prizes are awarded by a panel drawn from the NYC biking and art communities, and everyone who enters is eligible to win a range of raffle prizes sponsored by ABUS, Nutcase Helmets, 2 Wheel Gear, Lomography, Spinlister and others. All the submitted images will be exhibited on BicycleUtopia.com and at the Lomography Gallery in New York City in June, 2016.
In 2015, Am I Invisible? Open Call expanded to São Paulo and this year it is accepting submissions from anywhere in the world. “In previous Open Calls we have been absolutely amazed by the quality of images submitted, the range of biking and photography styles, and the sheer love of bicycling and the city that comes through in each image,” says Bicycle Utopia’s founder, Jeanne Hilary. “In 2015 we received almost 500 submissions! We’re really excited to see what kinds of images we’ll be getting this year, and we are thrilled to give New Yorkers the opportunity to get a sense of what it’s like to bike in Mumbai, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo or Nashville from the perspective of fellow bicyclists when they visit the exhibition at the Lomography Gallery.”
More about Am I Invisible? Open Call at http://bicycleutopia.com