Last Car Running
Last Car Running is a documentary photography project about the rural demolition derby and the culture surrounding it. This ongoing project explores the overlooked recreation, entertainment and leisure activities of rural, working-class America, often referred to as “white trash” or “rednecks.” As the social gap grows in this country, little attention is given to the people who live in a paradox of racial privilege and class disadvantage. My photography of the demolition derby embodies the raucous spirit of this community's creative ingenuity, shown in the ways they give new life to an old, all but abandoned icon of the American dream, the automobile. I use photography as a means to reflect on the thrill of the journey and the symbol of individual freedom the automobile promises each of us.