Suburban racer car culture is much maligned in the mainstream. It is portrayed as obnoxious, wasteful, dangerous and often connected with guns and drugs. As with most subcultures that get represented in the media, only sensationalized and simplified narratives are projected.
In order to better understand the subjective side of this ‘tuner’ culture I initiated a photographic investigation that aimed to position a group of tuner enthusiasts as empowered subjects on a landscape of their control. Alluding to renaissance portraits of aristocracy or military officers mounted on horses surveying their land, these car portraits position these youth as owners of cars dominating their suburban landscape.
For this photographic series I was awarded the 2003 Toronto Arts Council Grant for Emerging Artists.