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A visual love letter

Dykes on Bikes Sydney is Australia’s longest-running female-identified motorcycle club, and one of the country’s oldest LGBTQIA+ community groups. With chapters all over the world, these days, the club is about having a good time with friends and giving back to the community. But things weren't always so recreational. Dykes on Bikes® Sydney emerged in response to gay hate crimes in the 1980s. The group met on weekend evenings to patrol the streets of Sydney and break up the attacks that were happening. From protectors of the streets to Sydney Mardi Gras icons, this project dives into present-day member accounts of their history, why they continue to ride today and continuing their legacy for future generations. A hybrid of a documentary and visual poem, this is a love letter to the Dykes on Bikes® Sydney.

Dykes on Bikes® Sydney: An Origin Story
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Dykes on Bikes® Sydney: An origin story
Dykes on Bikes® Sydney
All photos were captured using EOS R5 with the RF 28-70mm f/2L USM lens.
All photos were captured using EOS R5 with the RF 28-70mm f/2L USM lens.
Behind the scenes
The Making of Dykes on Bikes® Sydney: An origin story
How Kate used her camera to connect
A combination of the Canon C500 MK II, Canon EOS C70 and RF lenses allowed Kate to connect with the subjects in an intimate yet unintrusive way, resulting in a powerful and emotive film.
Kate Cornish in collaboration with Tilly Robba & Steph Jowett - Dykes on Bikes® Sydney: An origin story Gallery
“This project is one that myself, Steph and Tilly are very proud of. As members of the LGBT community, and a member of Dykes on Bikes® Sydney, it was important to us that we showcase the groups history outside of its presence within Mardi Gras and the impact they’ve had over their 30+ year history.”

Kate Cornish

Kate Cornish, Canon Ambassador
Kate Cornish, Tilly Robba and Steph Jowett
Dykes on Bikes® Sydney: An origin story on The Canon Convos Podcast

Join Kate Cornish, Tilly Robba and Steph Jowett as they speak to Jarrad Seng about the ideas behind this film project and why they wanted to make it.

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