'African Epic' is a photographic collection, capturing the allure of the Absa Cape Epic: The Untamed African Mountain Bike Race. Every year, the event produces great stories of personal triumph, inspiration, honour, the settling of old scores, and rising above adversity. This book will inspire you to join the journey of the Absa Cape Epic, whether it's blazing the trail at next year's race or watching from the comfort of your armchair, witnessing this great tale unfold.
These images from the ‘African Epic’ are truly inspiring. I’m a firm believer of the ‘less is more’ notion, and I really love the simplistic layouts in this collection. It is clear that the graphic designers have played around with the layouts throughout the publication, providing a refreshing and divergent style. Because there is no palpable style throughout - visually the layout is bold and exciting, stepping outside of the box from traditional layouts. Moreover, the use of space is very appealing to me as a reader - the white borders and small implications to the text and titles all add to the visual aesthetics of the publication.
I would like to base my mountain bike spread on elements of this publication - less is more and I also think stepping outside of the box and trying something new can in turn, create something special and innovative.
DO IT NOW Magazine, Bicycling. World-class … that’s all I need to say about Karkloof. As an Average Joe who’s been fortunate enough to ride trails all around the world, I can safely say that few rides can compare whoop-for-whoop with this magical little piece of the Midlands Meander. But there’s no need to take my word for it, so saddle up and plug into pure MTB mojo.
I’m fond of this design layout - I think the use of colour and dead space work hand in hand. The obvious use of red from the man’s attire visually works here - as well as the use of the subtle red arrow which leads our eyes into more information on the story.
For our project - a portrait image would not work as there would be too much dead space once cropped for the DPS.
For our second double page spread I’m going to be shooting fourcross mountain biking which will coincide with the final DPS. For my five picture story I’m looking to base it around Tyde D’souza, who is ranked 1st in the under 16’s mountain biking discipline in South-West England.
It is crucial to shoot for the page, so, in doing this I’m aiming to shoot a variety of portraits and landscapes which provide an in depth narrative of my story. I’m looking to provide at least one action shot of Tyde’s riding, a landscape portraying the overall surrounding and a diversity of portraits.
Inspiration and layout ideas so far has mostly been from ‘Royla’ - a zine by a third year on my course based around all things cycling in Cornwall and the South West of England.