Drive Like You Stole It series by Nicolas Polli, 2014.

You know man, when you race you have to think just at one single thing:
Drive Like You Stole it.”

“It’s with this sentence that I started this photography study in my personal view on tuning. I’m unfortunately not tuning my car, I decided then to avoid this problem with a photography research, testing different style, as collage, intervention on images and of course simple images. Working on all the things I see in this culture, but that I was never able to do personally.

I worked with the personal aim to not do a normal photography research, but to work with a purpose. In this case it was to show a clothing collection linked with the topic I touched.

I had the great opportunity to ask Études Studio to lend me some of the amazing clothes they realized in their 6th collection. As it was not a commission I had the opportunity of experiment a lot, using the clothes as a visible guideline through the entire book, but that at the same time is not more important than the images and the mood of the project.

As it was a project on an underground culture, I worked especially hidden from the reality, and it was quite funny because one night I was shooting near an highway to shoot some concrete construction at 3 a.m., and at one point a police car stopped me saying that some car drivers called them to say there was a strange guy. They didn’t arrest me but they looked at me during one hour, to let me finish my image.”


All images by Nicolas Polli, 2014. Work realized at ÉCAL, not commissioned by Études Studio.

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