RHIANON BADER

Getting webby… and writing a lot!

Posted in news, photography, portfolio, writing by rhianon on November 5, 2009

I’ve been letting this slip because I’ve been busy, busy, busy.

I’m currently doing a one-year contract with local non-profit The Community Access Program (CAP). It gives funding for public computers/internet access to other non-profits around the Lower Mainland, such as centres for women, seniors and youth, and well as libraries and education centres. I’ve created the CAPYI Magazine Online for their Youth Internship program and have been documenting the people and places involved with CAP, many of which are located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

CAPYI Magazine Online

Also, I did an essay-style article for Canadian Biker, this time on the Canadian Army Veterans motorcycle unit for the Oct/Nov issue. The article is called “Blood, Sweat and Tires” and you can still find the issue on news stands but eventually I will post it here.

legion vet at CAV remembrance ceremony

CAV-wreath-web

Article in August 2009 issue of Canadian Biker

Posted in news, photography, portfolio, writing by rhianon on September 1, 2009

I made some words and photos for Canadian Biker on those people with the loud, piece-of-junk motorbikes that keep you up at night.

Skateboarder Motorcyclists for Canadian Biker

ROLL THE NEW REBELS
(Canadian Biker – Aug.2009)
words by rhianon bader

It’s an overcast Sunday morning in April. Sprawled across the parking lot of the Duffin’s Donuts deli in East Vancouver are a dozen or so beat-up Japanese motorcycles from the 70s. Most of the bikes are done up in café racer style to some degree, with clip-on or clubman handlebars and flat, single seats. Though these oil and dirt-encrusted bikes may not fit into one’s typical idea of beauty, their eye-catching individual flair is undeniable. Yet, what truly sets these old Hondas and Yamahas apart from the rest are not even the bikes themselves, but the skateboards strapped onto them.

In the past 10 years Vancouver has seen the steady emergence of a tight-knit motorcycle scene comprised of skateboarders in their 20s and 30s, with the vast majority choosing vintage Japanese bikes for both practical and aesthetic reasons. Despite the evident pursuit of the cafe racer aesthetic, lack of financial abundance means that many of these bikes are becoming ‘rat bikes’ in the truest sense. The idea of keeping a bike on the road for the minimum cost possible certainly has its appeal to a group of artists, students and tradespeople that have yet to (and perhaps never will) rise above the poverty line.
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