Lieven Geuns’ photo project started life being about the Bonneville Salt Flats but turned right, and went down a rabbit hole called Wendover.
Photography Chronicle caught up with Belgian photographer, Lieven Geuns, to find out about a photo series that started out as one thing, and morphed into something different..
PC: Why were you there, what did you shoot, what did you feel?
I am a lifelong petrolhead. Before studying photography, I worked in the automotive sector for about 3 years. I guess you could say cars are very much a part of my DNA. So, for me, it was always evident to shoot something with cars. Seeing the movie ‘The World’s Fastest Indian’ really fuelled the idea of visiting the Bonneville salt flats, and ultimately documenting these what went on there.
But things didn’t really go to schedule. I planned my first visit meticulously for many months and was very excited to finally leave. Bad news: the event was cancelled upon arrival. The salt crust was too thin to accommodate safe racing. This left me stranded on the salt flats so I started to take portraits of people that I met there.
Some came with the same intention as me, others were just tourists visiting this beautiful marvel of nature. Although it yielded some interesting portraits, I was still motivated to come back and document the nr1 land speed racing event. Another setback I had was that one of my Hasselblad backs leaked some light, so about 50% of the film I shot was not usable.