Native Floridian Malcolm Lightner practices in the American tradition of Southern Phototography. He’s concerned with narrative and capturing the depth of his subjects. The themes are often distinctly local – the Mile O’ Mud series (from which the above is drawn) documents a long-standing Florida tradition of swamp buggy racing.

Of the series Lightner says –

For me, the swamp buggy races became a metaphor for the complexities and conflicts of modern American life. For the past 60 years, the community has managed to protect this cultural event against continuing land development and shifting ideology. The struggle will be to preserve both its cultural and individual identity for future generations.

Lightner currently lives in New York where he serves as a member of the photography faculty at the School of Visual Arts. He continues to find inspiration in the peculiarities cultural of Southern culture.

More examples of Lightner’s work after the jump.

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