Book of the Week: Eleven Stories

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In 2009, 23-year-old Julian Emre Sayarer rode 18,049 miles in 169 days to set a new world record for circumnavigating the globe by bicycle. And while we’re mightily impressed by his athleticism, we’re even more impressed with his photo editing skills.

Julian managed to narrow down the many images he took along the way to eleven enigmatic shots. Short, equally enigmatic essays accompany the images and make up Eleven Stories, a tiny gem of a book.
White Sands by Julian Sayerer Book of the Week: Eleven Stories
Julian’s well-chosen images range from spare black and white landscapes to group shots of friendly folks he met along the way. He appears as the lone figure in a few, leaving us to wonder who took the photo (or what kind of timer and tripod he used). It’s those pics that give the strongest sense of what it must have been like to cycle solo across thousands of miles.

By the way, Julian is a bit of a controversial figure in the small world of record-breaking cyclists. He’s passionately opposed to corporate marketing strategies and what he sees as their negative influence on charity efforts, and refused big corporate sponsors for his ride (although he did have the help of several local and UK bike and outdoor gear manufacturers who kindly donated supplies). Julian’s complex stance adds an interesting layer of meaning to his beautifully designed book – visit his website if you’d like to find out more.

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