Personal Project - Wind Therapy
As an artist and motorcyclist, I am captivated by the multi-dimensional nature of the people in it. Although historically dominated by older men, the motorcycle community has seen a significant and increasing amount of female riders in recent years. However, the largest segment of recreational riders who participate in local motorcycle rider groups is still men aged 50-70 who ride the iconic Indian and Harley motorcycles and are part of a uniquely American subculture.
Despite well-entrenched stereotypes, every motorcycle rider has their own reasons for riding, whether it be for control, solace, escape, adventure, or a myriad of other things. As an artist, I am fascinated by the multi-dimensional aspect of each and every rider.
As a member of the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group (IMRG), I am deeply entrenched in the Indian Motorcycle community and participate in local riding group chapters. Local IMRG chapters provide a center point for motorcycle owners, their families, and friends to have a local riding group and a local community. If they are on two wheels, they are with us.
However, there is often confusion between motorcycle "groups" and "clubs," with the latter being more structured and exclusive and often based on a shared experience or belief.
Through my photography, I aim to celebrate the lives, charity, and often subtle sacrifices of the everyday men and women who love riding motorcycles. These riders are kind, generous and often participate in charity events, as well as using their love of riding as a form of Wind Therapy.
By clicking on each image, you can learn more about the rider's context and the story behind each photograph. I hope my art helps to break down stereotypes and highlight the beauty and diversity of the motorcycle community.