One objective of my photography of Braking AIDS Ride is to attempt to get a good portrait of every rider and crew member. They will be used to go alongside testimonials on the website and in print materials. Here are some of my favorites. Click here to see the photo galleries for the entire event.
To celebrate the enormous success of Braking AIDS Ride, riders and crew triumphantly rode into the closing ceremony in front of Cylar House, a Housing Works facility on East 9th Street and Avenue D. After a few moving speeches, a check was presented to Housing Works for the net proceeds of nearly $250,000. This will go a long way toward sustaining Housing Works’ mission of offering lifesaving services for low-income men and women living with HIV/AIDS. The ceremony was hosted by Tony-award winner Christine Ebersole.
On the final day of Braking AIDS Ride, the riders were exhausted but still full of energy with the end in sight. Once again, the weather was perfect for riding. As we approached New York City, the scenery became less attractive for photographing the riders on the road, so I hurried to the finish line to catch the spirit of the riders’ victory.
Day 2 on Braking AIDS Ride was greeted with spectacular weather that lasted all day. You’ll notice riders and crew wearing red dresses in these photos, because it’s “Red Dress Day.” The tradition started on AIDS LifeCycle, the seven-day AIDS ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. It was someone’s idea that everyone should “dress red” for a day so that on a portion of the route that looped back on itself there would appear to be a giant AIDS ribbon if viewed from above. Somehow “dress red” got reversed to “red dress” and has remained that way ever since. Braking AIDS Ride picked up the tradition in 2010, and everyone outdid themselves this year. I admit I looked rather fetching in a red halter top dress purchased from the Housing Works thrift shop (size 10, I’m proud to say!).
At lunch, a rider suggested the idea of gathering other riders and crew dressed in red to form a human AIDS ribbon for me to photograph. I was up to the challenge and agreed if he would be able to assemble the participants. It worked and it was a lot of fun. I hope to make a tradition of it in years to come, and maybe it will become so large that we’ll have to rent a helicopter to shoot from.
For the fifth year volunteered to photograph Braking AIDS Ride, the three-day, 275-mile AIDS ride from Boston to New York to benefit Housing Works‘ lifesaving services for low-income men and women living with HIV/AIDS. I followed about 150 riders and volunteer crew members the entire way shooting both from the ground and from a moving car (I wasn’t driving!).
This is the first post in a series on this incredibly successful event that raised more than $250,000. Click here to see the photo galleries for the entire event.
Braking AIDS Ride is the new name for Braking the Cycle, the AIDS ride from Boston to New York that benefits Housing Works. They recently launched their new website to promote the upcoming ride from September 27-29, 2013. Every page is illustrated with my photos, and I can’t wait to photograph the next ride. Chain Ring Creative did a terrific job designing the site. Have a look around the Braking AIDS Ride site, and I hope you’ll consider joining the event as a rider or crew member. Or you can help by donating.
The final post in my series on the Braking the Cycle AIDS Ride from Boston to New York celebrates the enormous success of the ride. Ninety riders and 50 crew members triumphantly rode into the closing ceremony in front of Cylar House, a Housing Works facility on East 9th Street and Avenue D. After a few moving speeches, a check was presented to Housing Works for the net proceeds of more than $220,000. This will go a long way toward sustaining Housing Works’ mission of offering lifesaving services for low-income men and women living with HIV/AIDS.
To see the complete photo galleries from the three-day AIDS ride, visit my website.