This project is, unfortunately, on hold until further notice.
LifeBios: a series of portraits that exists to share with the world a few of the personalities that help to make the universal family of bicycle riders as diverse and beautiful as it is.
Bicycles have always played a huge role in helping to determine what my life revolves around and how I view the world, for not only do I experience my own reality upon the seat of bicycle, I also meet and connect with an amazing collage of beautiful and inspiring people through the simple bond and commonality of riding a bike. I like to believe that we enrich our lives and our perspectives by encountering and learning about other individuals, hearing their stories, and trying to understand or experience what it is that makes them who they who, that makes them tick. I have also found that the more people that I meet who are associated in some way with bicycles and the community that surrounds them, the more I see an intersection of contacts, of friends and family who know each other and remember each other. The bicycle really does bring human beings of incredibly different and diverse backgrounds together in a unique way and I like to view it’s presence in my life as something akin to the strands of a spiders web. The more time I spend immersed in the broad culture of bicycle riders the larger my web grows and the more it connects with other people’s webs, forming various bridges and connections, all the while playing a small role in helping to shape and contribute to the larger web that covers the whole of cycling folk and of humanity in general. We all experience this odd and fascinating world that is Earth and, although we may have vastly differing experiences, we are connected by the bond that is our genetic similarity. We are all human, at the most basic of cores, and we are but a fraction of the life force that dwells upon and shares with us this planet. I find particular beauty in the connection that I make with another human being, or another living thing, for it is the focal point of two worlds colliding and taking pieces from each other.
As I have grown and experienced this life more, I have become rather fond of meeting and getting to know people and then introducing them to other people in my life and helping to make a connection that will (hopefully) last. I strive to find and share the feeling of kin, of sharing a bond, that can exist between any two entities. The world is comprised of so many forms of life and beauty that anytime you connect with another person or animal, place or experience, it enriches the world for us all.
The idea for this project came from the late Studs Terkel.