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Peter Sutherland, film maker, director, photographer and artist

Into the room strides a lanky gentleman of just over six feet tall. He's wearing a navy blue hooded sweatshirt that covers his head yet allows locks of touseled red hair to escape. There is a weighty bike messenger chain built of thick links strapped across his shoulders. His unruly red beard gives an appearance reminiscent of what one would picture of a ancient greek philosopher, ergo Socrates. His youthful eyes give a hint of the creative edge that lies within, while his calm demeanor gives away his midwestern origins. That man is Peter Sutherland, photographer, film maker and artist. He's stopping in at the Trackstar bike shop in the Lower East Side to pick up a tube, maybe a new tire and to speak with us...

Gary: I was browsing about on your website last night and it was mostly stills. Would you define yourself as mostly a still photographer, or a cinematographer?
Peter Sutherland: I do a good amount of both. I work on documentary films or make documentary films and I do a lot of still photography. I tend to do stuff about youth culture, graffiti, skateboarding, bikes, kind of all things that I kind of take an interest in or, have been involved in in my life.



Gary: I saw a number of your essays on the web and I found that they were predominantly urban culture. Is that your focus?
Peter: Urban culture? I guess it would be Urban Culture. I usually say youth culture but I guess a lot of it falls into urban culture also.

Gary: Do you see the world as still images strung together, or as moving images? I ask this because I saw cinematography credits on the website.
Peter: Yeah, I work as a DP (director of photography) sometimes on other people's projects. Basically I work as a freelance DP, or I shoot and direct my own stuff, so it just depends on the day. Sometimes I see the world in motion picture and sometimes I like to chop it up into stills. Ultimately I get more pleasure out of just doing stills. Because I don't have to worry about sound, and its more about the moment and just a vibe. I like the limitations of still photography.

Peter Sutherland, film maker, director, photographer and artist

Gary: The reason I asked you this was that I saw the clip of your film on the website, and it impressed me as a wonderful series of beautifully composed still shots. Images that could stand alone, woven together into a motion picture. I mean even the accident, you've got to tell me how you managed to pull that one off.
Peter: The accident was something... I have never seen anything like that in New York as long as I lived here. Somehow, I just happened to be filming at that moment, right when it happened. To be honest when I saw it I almost vomited, just from the sound. It was so intense I didn't know what to do, how to react. My friend was right there when it happened, she's a still photographer... she just seized up, she didn't take one frame. Luckily the rider, K. T. was OK. Pretty much not a scratch on her. Her bike was dinged up but that was about it.

Gary: That had to be a moment for sure.
Peter: Yeah it was definitely a moment. I Uh... it was somehow meant to be, I don't know. Let me say one thing, people have looked at that clip and thought that I paid her to do that. Which I thought was insane. But it was a pretty bad accident, that cab was going pretty fast.

Gary: So how'd you get involved in the bike culture, obviously it is part if what it was, how do you start your creative process? What inspires you to do "a topic?" Let's look at it from that perspective.
Peter: Well for bikes specifically when I was a little kid, the older kids I looked up to were kinda like these heavy metal stoner kind of kids. I lived in kind of suburban/rural Michigan. I looked at them and I liked what they were doing. They were all into the bikes, they were building dirt jumps and all that. Soon after that I got a bike. My first bike was a Huffy but, right then I already knew I wanted a Diamondback or a Haro, or a Hutch, or something. It just became something I did all the time. It kind of broadens your horizons.

As far as how I get involved in these projects I have done, it's just like I have to have the interest and once the interest is there, I don't even really realize I am doing it. Like whatever interests you had in bringing you here today to talk to me. It's probably kind of like what I feel. A lot of it came from skateboarding too. From the age of eight I was a serious skateboarder that kind of really shaped my world view and introduced me to different, new things. You know as a little kid I was already hanging out with guys that were a lot older, riding around in cars, seeing the world, um... I find that a lot of my friends that are artists and photographers, are like aging skaters... (chuckles) So I think bikes, skateboards, all of that stuff are like kind of expressive sports. Not like a team sport where you are in a slot and you are playing your role. You can do whatever you want, you can paint your bike however you want.

Gary: Let's talk about your book a bit.
Peter: The book is called "Pedal." Its a DVD/book compilation. The DVD is the film "Pedal" which premiered in 2001 at the South by Southwest Film Festival, aired on the Sundance Channel for 2002 through 2004, and I hope it is the iconic New York Bike Messenger documentary. It's kind of all encompassing. I tried to take everything that those guys do and put it into one film, from the lifestyle to racing, dispatching, just deliveries, police, traffic, accidents, all that stuff, so the clip that you saw is just a one minute trailer for that film.

The book is kind of a companion piece which is photos from the 2006 World Championships hosted here in New York. I actually just set out to shoot the World Championships and I was just going to put it as an extra on the DVD. But when I saw all that I had, I said, "Wow, this would work as a book."

Gary: Is there text or is this book totally a visual experience?
Peter: It's 98% a visual experience but, there is text. I actually got some people, kind of regarded writers and artists from outside the messenger world to write the text sos it's kind of their perspective on it. One is Swoon, one is Zephyr and one is Ken Miller. Ken Miller is the editor of Tokion. Zephry is a noted graffiti artist/ ex-messenger, and Swoon is a street artist that integrates bikes into her art. Other than that it is visual, portraits, action shots...

Gary: Are their comments on the lifestyle or your work?
Peter: The comments are kind of on the bike, messenger culture in general, it's their perspective on it.

Peter Sutherland, film maker, director, photographer and artist

Gary: Is there a message?
Peter: For me there is not a defined single message, it is more about... when I photograph something, I am celebrating it, observing it. I like the way images play up against each other. So in the book, not each image on its own is an amazing piece but, when you have them all together, in a series, it becomes this cool documentary showcase of everything. No, there is not a message. It is just showcasing the life that a lot of these guys lead. I have a lot of respect for bike couriers. I never was a bike courier but, for me it just comes out of my enthusiasm for riding bikes in general.

I ride every day, I have ridden in the city everyday for seven years but, I can't even tell you what my gear ratio is... I don't know if I am 16-45 or whatever. I don't know all that much about the parts and all that. I am just excited about the act of it.

Gary: Are you a street rider, do you ride the paths, do you commute, do your errands, or do you ride strictly for the love of it?
Peter: Strictly for the love, but that becomes... I'm a photographer as we know so I'm constantly running errands, going all over town. I do big rides with friends on the weekends or when ever people are around. Kind of just for the love!

Gary: Any closing comments?
Peter: I would just say that I am excited about things that people are doing, like Brendt for example. To me the Bicycle Film Festival is something new, something exciting, from like Black Lable to Whatever is going on in the bike messenger culture, to just racing. All that stuff just comes together and forms this cohesive thing. I think it is good because it gets the message out about bikes and ultimately it is a very positive thing because it is about NO GAS!


Peter Sutherland, film maker, director, photographer and artist

Into the room strides a lanky gentleman of just over six feet tall. He's wearing a navy blue hooded sweatshirt that covers his head yet allows locks of touseled red hair to escape. There is a weighty bike messenger chain built of thick links strapped across his shoulders. His unruly red beard gives an appearance reminiscent of what one would picture of a ancient greek philosopher, ergo Socrates. His youthful eyes give a hint of the creative edge that lies within, while his calm demeanor gives away his midwestern origins. That man is Peter Sutherland, photographer, film maker and artist. He's stopping in at the Trackstar bike shop in the Lower East Side to pick up a tube, maybe a new tire and to speak with us...

Gary: I was browsing about on your website last night and it was mostly stills. Would you define yourself as mostly a still photographer, or a cinematographer?
Peter Sutherland: I do a good amount of both. I work on documentary films or make documentary films and I do a lot of still photography. I tend to do stuff about youth culture, graffiti, skateboarding, bikes, kind of all things that I kind of take an interest in or, have been involved in in my life.



Gary: I saw a number of your essays on the web and I found that they were predominantly urban culture. Is that your focus?
Peter: Urban culture? I guess it would be Urban Culture. I usually say youth culture but I guess a lot of it falls into urban culture also.

Gary: Do you see the world as still images strung together, or as moving images? I ask this because I saw cinematography credits on the website.
Peter: Yeah, I work as a DP (director of photography) sometimes on other people's projects. Basically I work as a freelance DP, or I shoot and direct my own stuff, so it just depends on the day. Sometimes I see the world in motion picture and sometimes I like to chop it up into stills. Ultimately I get more pleasure out of just doing stills. Because I don't have to worry about sound, and its more about the moment and just a vibe. I like the limitations of still photography.

Peter Sutherland, film maker, director, photographer and artist

Gary: The reason I asked you this was that I saw the clip of your film on the website, and it impressed me as a wonderful series of beautifully composed still shots. Images that could stand alone, woven together into a motion picture. I mean even the accident, you've got to tell me how you managed to pull that one off.
Peter: The accident was something... I have never seen anything like that in New York as long as I lived here. Somehow, I just happened to be filming at that moment, right when it happened. To be honest when I saw it I almost vomited, just from the sound. It was so intense I didn't know what to do, how to react. My friend was right there when it happened, she's a still photographer... she just seized up, she didn't take one frame. Luckily the rider, K. T. was OK. Pretty much not a scratch on her. Her bike was dinged up but that was about it.

Gary: That had to be a moment for sure.
Peter: Yeah it was definitely a moment. I Uh... it was somehow meant to be, I don't know. Let me say one thing, people have looked at that clip and thought that I paid her to do that. Which I thought was insane. But it was a pretty bad accident, that cab was going pretty fast.

Gary: So how'd you get involved in the bike culture, obviously it is part if what it was, how do you start your creative process? What inspires you to do "a topic?" Let's look at it from that perspective.
Peter: Well for bikes specifically when I was a little kid, the older kids I looked up to were kinda like these heavy metal stoner kind of kids. I lived in kind of suburban/rural Michigan. I looked at them and I liked what they were doing. They were all into the bikes, they were building dirt jumps and all that. Soon after that I got a bike. My first bike was a Huffy but, right then I already knew I wanted a Diamondback or a Haro, or a Hutch, or something. It just became something I did all the time. It kind of broadens your horizons.

As far as how I get involved in these projects I have done, it's just like I have to have the interest and once the interest is there, I don't even really realize I am doing it. Like whatever interests you had in bringing you here today to talk to me. It's probably kind of like what I feel. A lot of it came from skateboarding too. From the age of eight I was a serious skateboarder that kind of really shaped my world view and introduced me to different, new things. You know as a little kid I was already hanging out with guys that were a lot older, riding around in cars, seeing the world, um... I find that a lot of my friends that are artists and photographers, are like aging skaters... (chuckles) So I think bikes, skateboards, all of that stuff are like kind of expressive sports. Not like a team sport where you are in a slot and you are playing your role. You can do whatever you want, you can paint your bike however you want.

Gary: Let's talk about your book a bit.
Peter: The book is called "Pedal." Its a DVD/book compilation. The DVD is the film "Pedal" which premiered in 2001 at the South by Southwest Film Festival, aired on the Sundance Channel for 2002 through 2004, and I hope it is the iconic New York Bike Messenger documentary. It's kind of all encompassing. I tried to take everything that those guys do and put it into one film, from the lifestyle to racing, dispatching, just deliveries, police, traffic, accidents, all that stuff, so the clip that you saw is just a one minute trailer for that film.

The book is kind of a companion piece which is photos from the 2006 World Championships hosted here in New York. I actually just set out to shoot the World Championships and I was just going to put it as an extra on the DVD. But when I saw all that I had, I said, "Wow, this would work as a book."

Gary: Is there text or is this book totally a visual experience?
Peter: It's 98% a visual experience but, there is text. I actually got some people, kind of regarded writers and artists from outside the messenger world to write the text sos it's kind of their perspective on it. One is Swoon, one is Zephyr and one is Ken Miller. Ken Miller is the editor of Tokion. Zephry is a noted graffiti artist/ ex-messenger, and Swoon is a street artist that integrates bikes into her art. Other than that it is visual, portraits, action shots...

Gary: Are their comments on the lifestyle or your work?
Peter: The comments are kind of on the bike, messenger culture in general, it's their perspective on it.

Peter Sutherland, film maker, director, photographer and artist

Gary: Is there a message?
Peter: For me there is not a defined single message, it is more about... when I photograph something, I am celebrating it, observing it. I like the way images play up against each other. So in the book, not each image on its own is an amazing piece but, when you have them all together, in a series, it becomes this cool documentary showcase of everything. No, there is not a message. It is just showcasing the life that a lot of these guys lead. I have a lot of respect for bike couriers. I never was a bike courier but, for me it just comes out of my enthusiasm for riding bikes in general.

I ride every day, I have ridden in the city everyday for seven years but, I can't even tell you what my gear ratio is... I don't know if I am 16-45 or whatever. I don't know all that much about the parts and all that. I am just excited about the act of it.

Gary: Are you a street rider, do you ride the paths, do you commute, do your errands, or do you ride strictly for the love of it?
Peter: Strictly for the love, but that becomes... I'm a photographer as we know so I'm constantly running errands, going all over town. I do big rides with friends on the weekends or when ever people are around. Kind of just for the love!

Gary: Any closing comments?
Peter: I would just say that I am excited about things that people are doing, like Brendt for example. To me the Bicycle Film Festival is something new, something exciting, from like Black Lable to Whatever is going on in the bike messenger culture, to just racing. All that stuff just comes together and forms this cohesive thing. I think it is good because it gets the message out about bikes and ultimately it is a very positive thing because it is about NO GAS!


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