Photographer Will Hartley has prisoner a epicurean spree of Spring Break 3 times. First he shot immature revellers during a Grand Oasis Hotel in Cancun in 2017. Then, a following year, he photographed partygoers during Miami’s South Beach. Both were flattering customary affairs. But final year’s Spring Break — Will’s third tarry — was a tiny different. “A crony sent me a YouTube video of this sand chronicle of Spring Break,” he says. “I had to go.”
Mud Spring Break, as we can substantially infer from a name alone, valid a conflicting beast. While a common thread of bikini clad women and complicated celebration remained (an area referred to as ‘Titty Lane’ was a distinguished underline of a weekend), huge sized trucks and large groups of families were also benefaction during a aged potato plantation in Charlotte County where Redneck Mud Park Spring Break takes place. “The initial time we came here my cellphone was stolen and a second time my lorry was burnt to a ground,” one attendee told Will, enthusiastically. “This time it’s good though, so far.”
Describing his possess knowledge as, for a many part, flattering pleasing — despite existent within scenes he calls nearby baleful — Will’s photographs offer an usually and infrequently relaxed glance during a differently pell-mell affair.
What keeps we returning to Spring Break?
It’s visually fascinating. There are print opportunities everywhere we look, it’s like examination entertainment going on around you. Everyone is there to shun and feel free. It’s engaging to me, being British, as we don’t have anything like Spring Break.
And what separates Redneck Mud Park from other locations like Cancun and Miami?
The stereotypical Spring Break is a beach or pool party; a RMP Spring Break weekend had identical elements, yet with sand and trucks. we also found a clarity of community. It wasn’t usually about partying, it was also about pushing quick beast trucks. There are few rules, and they aren’t unequivocally followed. Monster trucks expostulate around with people unresolved off them; there’s a lot of drink-driving. Smaller quad bikes with people wearing skeleton face masks dart around like some kind of biker gang. Some people are usually submerged in a mud. At one point, a lorry held on glow while a tiny lady played subsequent to it. It feels like Mad Max.
There’s a immature throng going wild, yet also families with immature kids and grandparents. We camped in a ‘Family’ campsite, meditative it would be a safer and quieter place, yet we would see immature kids wizz past on quad bikes and people pushing around all night. It was tough to know what to expect. we had a feeling it would be some-more immature college kids, yet it was so different. You would usually unequivocally go if we are partial of this sand community, that’s a feeling we got. we didn’t declare too many multiplication between groups — everybody helps any other out, gives them a palm if they’re stranded in a sand and offers out drinks and rides — yet that’s not to contend it isn’t there. Sometimes it did feel a tiny tense: on a final night, a male was killed in a fight. We usually found out after we left, yet that shook me adult and done me feel I’d maybe usually scratched a surface.
How did people respond to your camera?
It was singular that someone didn’t wish their print taken. Usually people would poise for a bit, thereafter lift on with what they were doing as yet we wasn’t there, yet it was good to see how open and meddlesome people were. There were moments of chaos, where I’d fire people among it all. we attempted to ask for Instagrams or emails in sequence to bond afterwards.
And what’s your position on trucks?
It was unequivocally fun to be driven around a park and by a mud, yet we wasn’t a fan of trucks before and I’m not unequivocally now. we hired a two-wheel expostulate lorry from a airfield (it was unequivocally tough to find a four-wheel drive) and was flattering many laughed during as we gathering in. we couldn’t expostulate distant though removing stuck, so we hitched rides with people around a site. It was too dangerous to travel anywhere. We had to be clever not to get strike while watchful for a lift.
I’m intrigued about a name, Redneck Mud Park. How do people there feel about it?
It’s a name of a park. we asked a lot of people what a loyal clarification was yet we always had conflicting answers. One man described it as “a nation thing, it’s an opinion of patriotism”. He pronounced that he didn’t know what a clarification was, yet that he knew a Redneck when he saw one. He also pronounced that it “comes from people who aren’t utterly sophisticated” and that in America they like to tag everything. “I can’t mount it,” he added, “you’ll find Rednecks that are some of a many worldly people in a country”.
Why are fans so drawn to RMP?
It’s a place where a lorry left-wing village can be among like-minded people: they can take their trucks around and expostulate however they like though anyone revelation them otherwise. It’s intensely good fun and utterly dangerous. A large adult playground.
Titty Lane is a large understanding there, right?
In a day it’s all anyone talks about, and during night all a trucks conduct there. A pathway is combined by vehicles backing adult conflicting any other with a large adequate opening for other trucks to expostulate down, formulating ‘Titty Lane’. Beads are thrown during women as a trucks expostulate past and a women peep their boobs. It’s a categorical eventuality any night. There’s stick dancing, twerking, pointless people snogging any other, it is really promiscuous. we did doubt a name, and if there was maybe a ‘Dicky Lane’ anywhere. The group we asked looked really critical and said, “well that’s usually faulty exposure”.
What was your biggest takeaway from a trip?
The clarity of village was intensely heartwarming. It was extraordinary saying people of all ages being means to ‘let go’ and suffer themselves, even if what they were doing was equivocal illegal. we have lustful memories of some of a people, and they seemed to like us too. Someone posted on a Mud Park Facebook page, underneath a design of me and my friend, with a caption: “Look! It’s a friends from opposite a pond”.
All images pleasantness Will Hartley