An exploration into the subculture of “muddin’ by Sean Bradley
We catch up with Oakland, California based photographer Sean David Bradley as he unveils his new photographic series ‘Truck Nuts’ – an exploration into the subculture of “muddin’ “. Bradley made the trip to this years Colfax, Louisiana based event Trucks Gone Wild, week-long camping festival for modified truck hobbyists. Truck Nuts explores the racial differences and sexual nature of the event. Taking place in the heart of a black community, the event was mostly dominated by whites and innumerable confederate flags flew proudly. In the evening trucks were converted to stages for amateur strip shows, often featuring intoxicated young women performing for the largely male audience.
Check out the gallery above and more about the photographer below.
Tell us about you and where you grew up?
My name is Sean David Bradley – I’m a photographer/designer/film-maker living in Oakland, California. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas.
Tell us about your photographic background, was this academic or self-taught?
I studied film-making in college and took a few photography classes, but for the most part, I’m completely self-taught.
You’ve worked on shooting documentary, fashion, and landscape photography where does your heart lie?
I’m a documentary photographer at heart – being thrown in an uncomfortable or new environment is what really excites me. But I also enjoy bringing that sensibility to fashion/product/landscape – I think it can make for some interesting perspectives.
Tell us about Truck Nutts, how it came about?
Truck Nuts came about because I found a crazy Instagram account called Trucks Gone Wild, which is the name of the group that throws these mudding truck parties across the country. I’d never seen anything like it. It was homemade trucks ripping across muddy fields and drunk people twerking in the backs of pick up trucks with Confederate flags and Bud Lite. After electing Trump, I thought it would be an interesting perspective to see how this largely conservative base felt energized and liberated to literally and figuratively fly their flags with pride. Anyways, I was visiting family in Houston and rented a car and drove over to Colfax for the weekend.
What are you looking for viewers to take away from the series?
I don’t really have an agenda in the terms of takeaways. I’m not making fun of these people nor am I attempting to glorify what they’re doing. I think it’s both fun and silly and reprehensible and offensive and enjoyable at the same time. That said, I think flying a Confederate flag is inherently a racist act. And I think the objectification of women by the men at these events is very problematic. It’s complicated!
Talk to us about future projects, what are you working on now?
I’m currently working on a short film about El Chapo escaping from prison to reunite with his family for Christmas. It’s called ‘Will Padre Come Home For Christmas?’ And I’ve been going to Oakland Raider’s tailgates and shooting black and white close-ups of fan’s faces. RAIDER NATION BABY.
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