Speed at Rest: portraits of speedsters photographed at zero miles per hour.
The salt bed of
the Bonneville Speedway is the prime venue where ordinary people
perform an extraordinary feat: they travel on land faster than 99% of
us ever will. This is the place where land speed world records are
The landscape is
perfectly flat and barren. The air is hot and still. An overpowering
and pervasive brightness relentlessly saps your energy from sunrise to
sundown. This patch of desert and the machines that dot it are
inextricably linked to each other. The salt has been waiting for the
machines and they in turn were made to race on it.
summer months, the salt hardens enough to provide a suitable surface.
Only then, drivers can reach outrageous speeds skimming the surface of
an endless sea of white. The drill consists of aiming the machine at a
designated point on the horizon, firing it off with an organ-shaking
roar, shooting it in a straight line, pushing it to its limit, slowing
it down, turning it back around, and racing against the clock one more
time. This goes on for most of the day during official speed trials,
one driver, one machine at a time. It’s a strange, almost surreal event
group of six images were shot with a medium format film camera. The
images were submitted to the Lens Work 'Sixes' project in 2016 but were
trurned down for publication.