Michael Cando, photographer
The man behind the camera in so many of our great tour photos throughout Buenos Aires provides his own personal account and passion for biking and traveling. He’s also the founder of FC BAFA (Buenos Aires Futbol Amigos). His photos are incredible and we’re happy to have him be a part of Biking BA. To see more of his photography, click here.
Now enter, Señor Mikey…
In the modern world we live in, dominated by planes, trains, boats, and automobiles, we find that society has become all too “on-the-go,” hurriedly trying to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible. I guess sometimes we forget that life isn’t a race and in the end, as Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” If life is a journey, we might as well enjoy the ride, right?
As a child growing up in the suburbs of San Diego, California, my bike was my primary means of transportation. I’ll always remember that Christmas morning, many years ago waking up to find a beautiful black & red bmx bike, with training wheels of course, sitting by the tree. Everyday I would ride my bike to school, explore around town and in the canyon with my cousins, and race my friends all around the neighborhood. In my younger teenage years, my family and I moved to Japan where I upgraded to a mountain bike, The Sledgehammer. This thing was a beast! My little brother and I would often wander through the countryside and little villages near our home along the coast in the province of Yokohama. Anywhere I went, my bike went as well.
Biking for me is the ultimate mode of transportation – you can breeze through traffic when it gets too heavy, go off road when terrain is not nice for exploring on foot, and in the process of of it all, get a good workout for your body and time to clear your mind. Why not go on bike? For me, every time I get on a bike it’s like a new adventure. You never really know what’s going to happen or what you’re going to see. When on bike, it doesn’t even seem to matter where you’re going to because most of the fun is in getting there. Here in Buenos Aires, the city is filled with all sorts of different terrain, buildings, routes, events, people, and everyday is something interesting to experience. One of my passions is capturing these different moments in time around the city, be it on bike or on foot.
Photography is my way of expressing the world the way I see it. From my hometown back in San Diego, across many seas and foreign soils, to where life finds me now – in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In a city with such a rich history and scenic surrounding, the daily life of the ‘Porteno’ is best discovered on two wheels. We look forward to riding with you on one of our adventures!