Note: some of these images were taken at Muroc and El Mirage.
For the past twenty years, I have focused on the unique American Hot Rod Culture, an interest of mine since grade school days in California. My work and visual interests have centered on the land speed racing culture, which, not surprisingly, was, and is, at the roots of the hot rod culture. In the 1930’s rodders gathered on the dry lakebeds of southern California at places called “Muroc” and “El Mirage”. Drivers and their cars were photographed and documented on black & white film. These images help define cultural roots by reinforcing the parallel connections with early formal black & white photographic work. For me, there is a Zen-like feeling in these photographs which I hope transfers to the viewer. This particular series of work is focused on the hot rod, its design and historic relationship with the landscape in both black & white and color.