Emily Elkins lives and works in New York, NY. Her work has been exhibited in Thierry Goldberg Gallery and published in PhotoFEAST. She received her BFA in photography from Parsons The New School for Design.
Growing up I didn’t know any kids who experienced the same rush out of speed and putting yourself in the hands of a machine like I did. Naturally, I had a fascination with the type of person who belonged to a motorcycle club. It was through pictures that I knew their adrenaline-filled love was similar to mine. The sound of an engines roar, heart beating out of your chest and palms sweating as you push the motor to its limits, and the wind pressed hard against your body. Through this series, I have been able to explore this curiosity of traditional motorcycle clubs. It was by meeting the members of these Appalachian organizations that I found people who feel the same as I do. Despite the age gap, the average male member understood my love of bikes and let me join them for rallies, meetings, and paying respects. To them, I owe a lot.