Since I was a kid I have always been attracted to wheels. Growing up in suburban Massachusetts I spent much of my childhood on skateboards, bicycles and mini-bikes. I enjoyed the excitement of rolling away from my familiar neighborhood and these exploratory childhood memories of my first experiences on wheels are essentially connected to the feeling of freedom and adventure.
I am very interested in the connection between a person and the transportation they choose. Whether it’s recreation or necessity of travel, a person’s individuality can be seen through their "wheels". For the past few years I’ve been photographing events where enthusiasts congregate; car shows, drag races, skate parks, motorcycle rallies, vintage motorcycle races, etc. These events attract people from the casual observer to the completely obsessed fanatic. This project intends to show the unique ways in which people express themselves as well as define themselves with these vehicles.
In New England the wheels devotee has a long winter to obsess over their creations in preparation for the summer season of shows and races. New England is also such a densely populated area that roads, traffic and the daily task of getting from point A to point B dominate our environment. This chaotic visual collage creates an ideal setting to observe and photograph the byproducts and creations of a society constantly in transport
- Ken Richardson
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