Natural Habitats: An Exhibition of Motorcycle Photography

Photographer and Sideburn contributor Sam Christmas opened the doors to his new photo exhibition in East London last night showcasing the faces of the UK’s fast-growing custom bike scene.

Last night marked the opening of British photographer, Sam Christmas’s solo motorcycle photography exhibition, Natural Habitats. For the past year, Sam has been visiting and photographing some of the UK’s most prestigious custom bike builders and motorcycle enthusiasts around the country.

Known for his intimate photography style, Sam introduces many the characters that form the U.K. custom bike scene, alongside their unique motorcycles and personal spaces in which they work. The portfolio of bikers ranges from Benny Thomas of Boneshaker Choppers, Drew, Reino and Paul of The Black Skulls and ark Eley of Eley Kishimoto. Sam lenses the guys (most of them his close friends) in their personal workshops, garages, bedrooms and even bowling clubs. One of the key personalities in the exhibition, Nicolai Sclater aka Ornamental Conifer (readers may remember him from our collaboration earlier last year), also showcased a display of his hand-painted gas tanks and helmets.

Running alongside the exhibition is a  three day pop-up shop curated by Nicolai’s and James Jordan’s biker collective, Kingdom of Kicks featuring some of their closest friends and brands in the scene including; The Great Frog London, The Black Skulls, Eat Dust, Sideburn, Boneshaker Choppers and more.

The private view kicked off last night (Thursday 24th Jan) at the exhibition space, The Church of London, where Sam and his circle of biker friends packed out East London’s Leonard St. with some of the most unique and gas-guzzling motorcycles on the scene. Despite the early start, the venue was packed to the walls by 8 p.m. with bouncers forced to ensue a 1-in-1-out policy. Lucky revellers inside browsed through the large prints on display, whilst sippin’ on drinks courteous of the good folks of Kraken Rum. People outside didn’t miss out though, with a external display of custom-choppers, rare bikes and the odd burn-out. Keep your eye out for pictures and a short video on Sam’s blog soon.

The exhibition is free and runs between Friday, Jan. 25 – Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 and the pop-up store is just temporarily on for three days between Friday, Jan. 25 – 27.

71a is open Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun., noon-6 p.m.

Find it at 71a Leonard St, London EC2A 4QS

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