People have been photographing and documenting street drifting since the 80’s, but no ones ever really made a photobook out of it. The following work i’m about to show comes from Daniel Bride Photography and Shirtstuckedin. They both have a small selection of street drifting photographs from Japan. Daniel Bridle took these photographs in Japan whilst working with Driftworks make their “Outsiders” DVD movie. A trip where team Driftworks travel to the drift mecca and experience the Japanese culture and style that we long for here int he UK. Its a great movie and i must have watched it at least 19 times already.
Here’s a link to the movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZjpFYlYdw8
Daniels photographs from his trip to Japan are awesome! They show the incredible speed, aggression and commitment thats needed to street drift. As the movie says, the punishment in Japan for street drifting is very high and cars will be crushed immedietly, so there is so much on the line for the Japanese drivers.
Dans site: http://danielbridlephoto.com/
Shirtstuckedin is possibly one of my favorite photographers to look at when it comes to drifting. His style and wide angle shots just ooze coolness which i adore. They’re just so badass. Especially the following street drifting photos, simular to Daniels shots they show a rawness, like you can sense the badassness coming from the drivers like a potent smell. Lets not forget, what these guys are doing is still very much illegal. The risk of getting caught is still very high despite choosing the most descrete locations, the sounds of tyres squealing can be head for miles, no matter if your in an industrial estate or on a mountain road surrounded my woodland, someone’s going to hear. I feel a sense of that in these street drifting photos, a sense that what these guys are doing has very serious consequences. I dont want to diss the images, but they feel very “snapshotty” but also brilliant at the same time. I feel the sense of speediness needed to capture these images, the sense of danger and also the sense of fun. Which ultimately is why they do it right?
The only thing close I have to street drifting in photobook wise is my Speedhunters Maximum attack photobook. A book that exploses what giving 110% on track looks like, it looks at the speed, the cornering, the drift, the smoke and the rain that comes with motorsport. There’s no street drifting in the book at all, as it’s a professional outlet for Speedhunters to showcase their photographers skills and abilities. But its the closest thing I have in my possession to a printed documentation of drifting.