Tony Nicholas


This thesis explores the search for a creative process that satisfies my urge to combine photography with imagery and objects from personal and mass media sources, revealing the artist's hand in the work. This work also explores the use of a subject as a means to finding a working process and its importance in that discovery.

Auto racing motivated me to study photography, thus the use of automobile culture, with an emphasis on the subculture of auto racing is a key element in this work. Juxtaposing unrelated materials and imagery was a new experience. As I worked, the evolving imagery revealed new meaning which in turn led to new combinations of imagery and material. Auto racing was both the personal connection which allowed me to work and the connection to the discovery of my working process. In the same way the work challenges the audience to embrace a new aesthetic experience not usually associated with contemporary car culture.

The key to this body of work is "process." It is a process which offers no solutions or judgments. Its importance is in the commitment to the act of creating, embracing the journey rather than focusing on the destination. Driving the track.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Automobile racing--Pictorial works; Documentary photography--Themes, motives; Photography, Artistic--Themes, motives

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Student Type


Degree Name

Imaging Arts (MFA)


Elaine O'Neil

Advisor/Committee Member

Angela Kelly

Advisor/Committee Member

Willie Osterman


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at TR821 .N43 2005


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