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DRAGSTERS by Benedict Redgrove

I've known Benedict Redgrove since the first Bike Shed Show in 2013. He was one of the main organisers of the original Bike Shed show, and instrumental in the foundations laid for the BSMC's great success. He's also a hugely skilled and successful, photographer.

I supplied the words for a feature Benedict shot for Spaces In Between magazine at the Rye House DTRA round last year. He won an award for the photography (which I'll post tomorrow, I thought I had already had).

We were sent these photos by the production studio, INK, who Benedict works with. They say...

Benedict Redgrove is known for his dedication to innovation and industry, shooting global campaigns for major automotive and technology companies. With a reputation for combining the technical and the beautiful, INK is a studio where powerful ideas are brought to life with a distinct visual style.

In the automotive world, Benedict and INK’s uncomplicated, minimalist approach to creative has given rise to distinctive work and seen them forge a collective voice. Their creative partnership is founded upon a shared passion for showcasing the beauty in engineering and technology.

Behind ‘Dragster Drivers’ The shoot was impromptu and unconventional: driven by passion, opportunism and spontaneity. Benedict’s journey from Florida to Texas was interrupted by a detour to the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing.

The top fuel dragster drivers of the 60s and 70s have folklore attached to their name. The endlessly rich, out-there stories about the cars, their drivers and the chaos on the strip are unforgettable for any enthusiast. Technology and design combine to create a thrilling sport; the heroism of racers on the strip is accompanied by explosive sounds. Win or lose, the Dragster Drivers always impress.

Each portrait is strangely compelling and the atmospheric treatment demands a closer look. Bold, distinctive and a little off-kilter; the portraits never fail to capture the imagination of the viewer. What experiences lie beneath those garish goggles?

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