Tell us a bit about yourself and your upcoming show.
I've been a professional, commercial photographer for over 30 years specializing in photographing people, lifestyle, advertising, fashion and beauty photography.
In March 2016 I created The Moto Foto as my alter ego to capture, document, create and share my passion for motorcycling through my photography. It's been a wild ride so far, and I see no end in sight.
Last year's event was the first FEARLESS show, held at 1903 Harley Davidson Cafe to a sell out crowd of 500+ attendees. 20 empowering images showcased the individuality and personalities of 5 women and their Harley-Davidson Sportster motorcycles. It was one of the final moto events of the year to cap off the riding season and the response was phenomenal that I decided to make this an annual event. I'm proud to say we raised over $10,000.00 to benefit Diabetes Canada and look forward to eclipsing this amount.
This year's edition of FEARLESS is called Face North. Showcasing unique images of the diversity of Canadians and their motorcycles. Motorcyclist share a common bond over their shared passion, but each rider brings an individual experience through the clothes they wear and the motorcycle they own. That's what FEARLESS II: Face North is about.
How would you describe your photography style?
I'm primarily a people photographer, and I'm a storyteller. An image alchemist who brings the technical, emotional, and aesthetic elements together to tell both, the story of the subject as well as my own.
What inspires you?
Doing good for a cause. For our environment. For our world. Spreading good vibes and being positive. That's what inspires me. I know it sounds corny, perhaps even naive, but that's what I feel.
What got you interested in motorcycles? Do you remember when you first got hooked?
I think I've always loved anything on two wheels. Didn't every kid? I remember my first bicycle in Malaysia as a little boy. Despite all the falls and scrapes, I loved it! I remember fondly, my first banana seat bicycle with ape hangers and a sissy bar when I first moved to Canada in the 70's. I think it all started from there. For one reason or another that didn't translate to me getting a motorcycle until I was in my 20s. Always loved Harley-Davidson motorcycles but couldn't afford it in my earlier days. So I ended up owning various bikes that I wasn't crazy about but got me around. It wasn't until 2010 that I bought my first Harley-Davidson, and it was a brand spanking new XL 1200C Sportster Custom, and I strongly believe, is when I got hooked on everything around the riding culture.
What do you ride?
Harley-Davidson Road Glide Custom. I love my bagger, although I had to sell my Sporty and till this day, wished I hadn't. Maybe one of these days, I'll get my hands on another one.
Are you working on anything, other projects?
Aside from my other commercial/ advertising photography work, I continue to build and progress on The Moto Foto to the moto community here and abroad. I simply love the unifying power of the motorcycle by bringing people of different cultures, genders, ethnicity and groups together. It's such an inclusive community, and I am blessed to be able to integrate and be welcomed by so many to photograph them.
Why is it important for people to check out the show?
My son has Type 1 diabetes. So I know, first hand, how this disease can affect the individual as well as the family. So from an importance perspective, my hope is for the attendees to support, be aware, and to help fight for a cure to end Diabetes. It's a disease that inflicts millions of Canadians with a projection of millions more in the near future. It's my way of giving back by creating the FEARLESS events. I hope to bring people, not just from the moto community, together to have a good time, create awareness and hopefully do good by donating towards a cause that is near and dear to my family and me.
This is a free event, but you must register to secure your tickets, available at www.FearlessTO.com
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