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Mondo Lulu Life on 2

Mondo Lulu’s Life On 2 at the CONTACT Photography Festival

Mondo Lulu is the Toronto motorcycle scene’s photography supplier. He’s a photographer, but he’s one of us. We sat down with our buddy for a talk about Life On 2, Lulu’s upcoming exhibit at the CONTACT photography festival.

YouMotorcycle: How did you get started on two wheels?

Mondo Lulu: I started riding out of necessity. I’d just started a photography business and needed a more efficient way to get to shoots. It was 2008 and you couldn’t help but notice so many scooters parked on sidewalks everywhere. Knew nothing about bikes, but did my research and settled on a Chinese-built TNG Baja 150 scooter.

Mondo Lulu Life on 2 Exhibit

YouMotorcycle: Did you know what you were in for?

Mondo Lulu: I hadn’t anticipated was just how much fun being on two wheels would be. Soon I was On 2 all the time, even when I didn’t have a gig to go to.

Seeing that bikes and bikers were a visually interesting subject, I started bringing my trusty DSLR and tagged along with anyone that would have me.

My previous night shooting experience came in handy as I captured low-light stories of bikes and their owners. We would ride to cafes, ice-cream joints, greasy spoons and the odd high-end sushi dinner.

Life on 2 Photography Exhibit

YouMotorcycle: And now?

Mondo Lulu: Seven years later, my bikes have gotten bigger and bigger, and I’ve ridden farther and faster than my little scoot would let me. In that time, I’ve also built up an archive of photographs that spans motorcycle culture in the GTA.

YouMotorcycle: You’ve been supplying YouMotorcycle with photography from across the city for five years now. What’s the plan?

Mondo Lulu: This May, I’m sharing some of my favourite moto photos in a gallery show on Queen Street, part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Festival, the biggest photography festival in the world. El Almacen, the cafe/gallery where I will be hanging my shots is owned by a vintage Harley rider who rode to Mexico and back, so it is very fitting that I’m showing at his place.

YouMotorcycle: Where’s the party at?

Mondo Lulu: Opening party is on Saturday, May 9th. Riders everywhere will roll in and celebrate LifeOn2 with me. I’m hoping to see you there.

LifeOn2
May 1-31
Mon–Sun, 10am–9am
El Almacen
1078 Queen St. W

About Adrian

Adrian is the YouMotorcycle Editor. He never planned on becoming a blogger, but liked the idea of sharing his passion and encouraging others to get out and ride. He believes that anyone thinking about buying a motorcycle should hurry up and buy one, and that everyone who already owns a motorcycles should ride more. He likes V-Twins, scooters, and breaking social norms. He occasionally wears a suit and high-top sneakers when he rides to work. Sometimes he takes out his tools and everything goes from bad to worse. Sometimes everything just falls into his lap. Whatever the case he stays grateful and always tries to learn. If you feel motorcycling is a lifestyle, follow him via social media.

3 comments

  1. Thanks, buddy! Party starts at 7!

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