Artist: Malcolm Lightner
Project: Mile O’ Mud
Description: Malcolm Lightner’s series Mile O’ Mud documents swamp buggy racing in Naples, Florida, a tradition for which custom-built swamp buggies race through the mud and muck of Florida swampland. A fourth-generation Floridian, Lightner has deep ties to Naples and to this style of racing; his great-uncle R.L. formalized the racing into a legitimate sport in 1949. His great-uncle Lorenzo recalls having to ride “real fast” across certain stretches of the racing track so “the panthers wouldn’t git ‘im.”
Malcolm Lightner is a fine arts photographer who resides in New York. He completed a BFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art & Design and an MFA in Photography at Arizona State University. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Dear Dave Magazine, the Oxford American, Aint-Bad Magazine, and Life. Lightner teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City since 2002.