This project comprises still images and interviews from six members of the cycling subculture community, known as ‘BikeLife’. Shot across New York and Baltimore, I wanted to dive beneath the surface of this apparent anti-social movement to tell the real stories of those on the front line. What is revealed is a lifestyle of acceptance, belonging, camaraderie and hard-graft. Up-skilling themselves to a point of providing a way out and forward from their starting point in life; careers are being formed.
The public doesn’t seem to have much time for BikeLife – and perhaps there are many instances and incidents to explain why. However, beneath the pack-mentality front, the tricks, stunts and Insta-egos, these are people from every walk of life simply finding their own tribe and - perhaps, a potential career path. If nothing else, BikeLife provides a place to socialise and belong, utilising the ultimate class-levelling freedom of two wheels.
Like the surf and skate cultures of decades gone by, BikeLife is in need of its own cult heroes to rise to a level of commercial success, cementing its acceptance amongst wider society. I am left inspired by my experience, with a smile on my face and my love of cycling deepened... wondering whether Noel, Emmanuel, Worm, Curly, Daetwon or Maine could be just that?