Pic of the day: Timm Kölln – The Peloton

The pic of the day comes from Timm Kölln’s stunning The Peloton series of photographs. It’s a series of candid portraits of pro racers, shot just after they cross the finish line. This warts-and-all view of pro riders captures a range of emotions and sensations: from pain, exhaustion and resignation, to confidence and triumph.

Timm explains: “What was supposed to be a spontaneous approach to my favourite sport and its protagonists during the Giro D’Italia 2005 turned out to be one of my most challenging portrait series.

Since then I have been travelling to many important races, portraying the cyclists immediately after crossing the finishing line. Though they stand still, the race, in this moment, seems to continue on their faces.

These riders look pretty much how I feel after a winter club ride. I’m inspired to try this style of post-race portait, but I’m afraid how it might go down.

You can buy silver gelatin or inkjet prints on his website. Unsurprisingly, his work has been featured in Rouleur magazine and various other publications, and he was featured in the documentary The Road to Roubaix.

Thanks to @stumpyrider for lending me the DVD and pointing out this great series.