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 broken.

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.

During the 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 to witness.

The following 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.

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