Just recently, we took you to Lebanon to witness what we thought was the Middle East’s greatest festival of everything American muscle, the Muscle Car Invasion that was attended by more than 3,000 participants. It was refreshing to see the lesson in cultural diversity that the Lebanese muscle venue had to offer, and it also left us wondering just what other manifestations of local iron were or are adorning the Middle East.
Kuwaiti photographer, Ebrahim Alawadi offers us a contemporary perspective on the American auto scene in the Middle East, and for the last three years he has released muscle car calendars that are unique in their sense of lighting and presentation. Alawadi’s car calendars chronicle everything from Stangs to Goats, and our featured photo gallery from CarBuzz includes original selections from this year’s calendar.
Alawadi’s muscle calendar features some of our most treasured muscle classics, but the cornerstone of this year’s calendar is in its moody uses of light and angle, adding to a rather contemporary feel that’s further enforced by a black backdrop in each photo.
The Kuwaiti photographer’s masterful eye for iron helps to further reinforce the cultural merger between the U.S. and the Mid East on the automotive end of the spectrum, and though the art of automotive may not seem like one that would be the most influential in forming unions, our nation’s auto sector has had quite a barrier thus far on how others view the United States. Simultaneously, auto enthusiast artifacts like Alawadi’s help to reinforce more tolerant attitudes.
We all live in this world together, and sometimes there really are differences in sight and perception. Given that this is true, it’s at least good to know that the efforts of artists and enthusiasts like Ebrahim Alawadi are helping to make that world a better place for us all!