Collectively Full Circle
Recently, I rediscovered the joy of bicycling, riding where I reside, on the Massachusetts/ New Hampshire border. In addition to experiencing mile after mile of magnificent landscapes and the unique charisma of big cities and small towns, I find tremendous enjoyment in speaking with people along my routes, and have developed a profound appreciation of how lucky I am to be able to do this.
My love of bicycling has given me a friendship and camaraderie with cycling community members throughout New England. This was how I met Abby Easterly, an entrepreneur and founder of the QC Bicycle Collective in Manchester, NH.
While it strikes me deeply that economic barriers play a big role in preventing many people from the opportunities I have had in life, when I ride, it really hit home that for many people, a regular thing like a new bicycle is simply out of reach. I began photographing the QC Bicycle Collective which provides refurbished bicycles and educational programs to their community, focusing on children and teenagers in lower income households, not only as a way to tell their story but as a way to remove one of many life obstacles they face.
Tony Attardo is a photographer based in Hudson, NH. His life’s work as a photographer has been to reflect the lives of people as they engage in everyday activities.
Growing up in a city neighborhood when large families of multiple ethnicities were the norm, they shaped his photographic vision and became his first photographic subject. He learned to see the aspects of people’s lives he photographs today.
He has studied at the New England School of Photography, the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and the Photography Atelier at the Griffin Museum of Photography.
Attardo has explored diverse projects from NASCAR auto racing to cityscapes of Boston and New York, to the street photography of the ‘Corner Store.’
His current focus is on social issues, particularly those of economic self-sufficiency. As a long-time volunteer working with the homeless and supporting adult literacy, this New England resident, an avid bicyclist, who is especially interested in providing bicycles to help the poor help them get to work each day.
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