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Photographer Jim Golden’s beautiful images of commuters

Posted by on April 1st, 2011 at 11:24 am

Thumbnail images from a project by Jim Golden to photograph people bicycling on N. Williams Ave in Fall of 2008.
– More of Golden’s images below –

Several weeks ago I got an email from Portland-based photographer Jim Golden. He had seen our People on Bikes series and wanted to share a similar project he did a few years ago.

In October and November of 2008, Golden posted a sign on a utility pole on N. Williams Avenue. The sign read “Cyclists: Commuter Documentary Project Today: Have your photo taken with your bike!” Golden set up his equipment and captured the many people who pass that location on bikes. The result is a set of photos that beautifully capture people who bike in Portland. See a few of them below…

You can also view the full gallery of images from Golden’s shoot on his Flickr page. See more of his work at

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  • Mr DeJerk April 1, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Beautiful pictures!
    They made me think, though: this is N Williams, and everyone is (for the lack of a better word) white. I wonder how much prettier the bike-inspired art will be in our city when we can use the whole light spectrum.

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  • JE April 1, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    BikeSnob has made references to Portland cyclists being bearded. Being bearded and bored I took Golden’s Flickr page has an opportunity to conduct a quick survey.
    Of 43 men pictured there were 15 full beards, 2 mustaches and 3 chin onlys for a total of 20, a fuzzy curation rate of almost 50%.

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  • jocko April 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    White folks love complaining about too many white folks.

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  • spare_wheel April 1, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    not really. some white folks think it sucks that non-white folks who used to live in our neighborhoods have been forced to move. variety is the spice of life, jocko.

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  • Editz April 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    So these are shot just with the Hasselblad and no additional lighting? Looks great!

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    • are April 1, 2011 at 7:40 pm

      i think it is pretty obvious there is lighting of some kind

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  • jim April 1, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    thx jonathan…
    this was fully voluntary, so sex/race/whatever was up to whomever stopped…every single person who stopped is on the flickr gallery

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  • Ted Buehler April 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    There’s lots more non-white folks bicycling in inner N/NE now than there were in October 2008.

    Great photos, a real snapshot of Ordinary Folks riding for transportation in Portland.

    Ted Buehler

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