Elefantentreffen by Alessandro D’Angelo

Every winter for the past 60 years, a few thousand riders from throughout Europe descend on Germany in the dead of winter for three days of laughter
Guido, age 47, head of branch office

Every winter for the past 60 years, a few thousand riders from throughout Europe descend on Germany in the dead of winter for three days of laughter, roast pig, and many, many drinks.

It’s held in late January in the Bavarian Forest. Everyone takes a different route, and getting there through the sleet and snow is half the fun.

Most arrive the on the first night, roaring in on bikes heavy with chainsaws, stoves, tents and so much beer. It is invariably bitterly cold, but no one seems to mind. For the Elefantentreffen participants, the snow and the cold, the smell of smoke and roasted pork are the essential requirements for happiness. I wanted to portray the riders as “movie heroes,” which certainly comes across in their strong poses and big smiles. I was fascinated by the people, who represent all walks of life, from farmers and students to engineers and doctors. The beauty of this rally it’s that to all the people no matter who you are, how you are and what you do. Everybody is equal as long as they get there. Being yourself for three days, beyond the life of every day and remove the mask you wear, to show a part of what you want to be really. At least a little. [Official Website]

Guido, age 47, head of branch office

Dotze, age 26, job unknown, Germany
Alessandro D’Angelo / Elefantentreffen

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Alessandro D’Angelo / Elefantentreffen

Elefantentreffen_DAngelo_A__03 Michael, age 22, student Tomas During, age 66, Germany Johan, age 41, motor mechanic, Holland Danielko Jaroslav, age 55, truck driver, Czech Republic Photographer Martin, age 46, farmer, Czech republic Photographer Elefantentreffen_DAngelo_A__11 Jaro, age 60, retired, Slovenia Elefantentreffen_DAngelo_A__12 Photographer Martin, age 31, maintainer of roofs, Czech Republic Elefantentreffen_DAngelo_A__34 Elefantentreffen_DAngelo_A__35 Elefantentreffen_DAngelo_A__39 Julia, age 22, beautician, Germany Elefantentreffen_DAngelo_A__45 Elefantentreffen_DAngelo_A__47 Elefantentreffen_DAngelo_A__49 Elefantentreffen_DAngelo_A__50

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