RPS EX­HI­BI­TION

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Our gallery comes from the 160th RPS In­ter­na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion

UK GOLD, UN­DER 30s “In the mid-to-late 1940s, a new sub­cul­ture in Amer­ica emerged and grew dur­ing the post-war pros­per­ity of the 1950s. Young Latino youths were plac­ing sand­bags in their cus­tom ve­hi­cles so that the body of the cars would ride close to the road; ‘slow and low’ be­ing their motto. The ve­hi­cles were dec­o­rated to hold po­lit­i­cal state­ments and sported im­ages rep­re­sent­ing Latino cul­ture – lowrid­ing had be­gun. As the years passed, lowrid­ing cul­ture be­came ex­tremely pop­u­lar and the cars had hy­draulic springs in­stalled to per­form tricks on the road, such as driv­ing on three wheels, or bounc­ing the front wheels up to a me­tre off the ground. Of­ten seen in mu­sic videos, the scene was em­braced by cul­tures all around the world and had huge global ap­peal. For the se­ries GroundClear­ance, I trav­elled to Amer­ica in 2016-17 to doc­u­ment the scene.”

Lu­natic Lowrid­ers. A Cadil­lac with hy­draulic springs bal­anc­ing on three wheels.

Chevy Im­pala, Lu­natic Lowrid­ers.

Sosa, a mem­ber of the Lu­natics Lowrider Crew.

Sanchez, a mem­ber of the Lu­natics Lowrider Crew.

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