Project info

Knucklehead is a nickname given to a type of harley motor produced in the 1930’s and 40’s. It is one of the most expensive and sought after motors amongst the chopper community, due to its rarity, engineering, and unique aesthetics. The name knucklehead comes from the shape of the motor heads, which loosely resemble a human knuckle. The photographs I take explore daily life as a part of chopper culture, a specific community who focuses their time, money, and energy on old motorcycles. In this world, the motorcycle becomes an object of obsession, and consumes nearly every aspect of a person’s life. Motorcycle culture is heavily romanticized in popular culture, and I aim to break expectations of what daily life as a part of this culture really looks like. The lifestyle reflects values of craft and the hand-made, while blurring the line between work and leisure. Mirroring these ideas, every photograph was shot with either a large or medium format camera, both being analog processes that reflect the type of nostalgia which defines this community. Seeing images of people and environments that a viewer would likely be unable to imagine or see elsewhere is my way of sharing a privileged view of this lifestyle. If people truly recognized these individuals for who they are, and why they choose this lifestyle, their values may begin to cross-over into a larger public that has become disconnected from the machines around them.