Artist Statement of Tony Attardo
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.