When Jo Fischer rode his Harley-Davidson to France in the summer of 2013, he merely intended to go on holiday. One of his mates had peaked his interest in a festival on the Atlantic coast with visitors coming from around the world to race their bikes and surf. Wheels & Waves is the Woodstock for bikers: Europe’s new custom motorbike scene has met in Biarritz annually since 2012 at the festival organized by the Southsiders MC, a club based in Toulouse. Wheels & Waves means wacky bikes, long beards and bright colours under the warm southern sun. For three days, bikers come to celebrate themselves and their machines … and Fischer was no longer just on holiday: taking photographs was his main priority.
The outcome is the book Wheels & Waves. Fischer designed the layout, had the book printed and distributes it himself via the shop on his website. From about 1000 photographs he chose 300 – a mixture of portraits, motorcycles and landscapes. He did not post-process a single image and, consequently, some appear dark as though clouds hang over them, and in others the motifs seem bathed in a muddy light. This is how Fischer understands photography: to capture an atmosphere, the photograph needs to be direct and unaltered.
Born in Berlin in 1970 – a committed photographer who is not afraid to exert himself. Contrasts are the most important thing to him. His Herr Fischer bittet zu Tisch series was nominated for the 2015 KOLGA Award.