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Malmo Raceway offers a compelling glimpse into the world of Scandinavian street Drag Racing.

2023-06-23 – Feature

Drag Racing

"Malmo Raceway" by photographer Tomas Hein offers a compelling glimpse into the world of Scandinavian street Drag Racing.

The grandson of renowned Danish poet and designer Piet, Tomas Hein was born and raised in Argentina but later relocated to Denmark. Drawing inspiration from popular culture and blending elements of fashion and documentary photography Hein creates interesting projects that capture the subtleties behind seemingly simple stories, and which are at once, perceptive, creative and informative.

A far cry from popular depictions of Scandivia, imbued with minimalistic design, bicycles and new Nordic cuisine, Hein's imagery focuses on the side of the region more akin to the American midwest, with its rolling rural landscapes, and tight-knit community which shares a profound passion for explosive internal combustion engines

Blending close-up details - spinning alloy wheels, corners of vibrant-coloured chassis and powerful-looking engines - alongside quieter portraits that provide a more personal connection to the subject matter, Hein captures both the sense of excitement and energy of the occasion, as well as the joy and camaraderie of the participants.

The use of abstract black-and-white macro photos of the rubber-covered track surface, adds an eerie and intriguing element,(reminiscent of post-apocalyptic landscapes), and creates an interesting contrast with the colour-rich images, enhancing the overall experience for the viewer.

Stylistically, this work shares similarities with renowned photographer Martin Parr. However, Hein's approach lacks the heavy satire often associated with Parr's images, offering viewers a sincere portrayal of a lesser-seen side of Scandinavian society through the lens of a unique, subculture. 

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