The automobile has transformed the popular understanding of North American culture, space, and community in ways fundamentally different from other spatial or communicative technologies. The automobile helped restructure our understanding of spatial limitations and facilitated the establishment of the autonomous self, the first mobility system to individualize movement on a truly mass scale. This restructuring has had profound effects on community centres and the community members that serviced these nodes; a trend that is particularly evident in cities staked prior to the rise of car culture.
Car Georgia explores small and medium sized communities in Georgia, USA. The project focuses on the urban centres that have become emptied of interaction. This has occurred through the draining of commerce and pedestrian culture and the sense of community that is created from the interaction of the two. Car Georgia explores the living and lived remnants of a society that places a high value on consumer choice, privileges drive-thru culture, and seizes upon those who are to unable to join the echelons of car ownership with disdain. The project also looks to document the individuals that car culture leaves behind: the ‘Ma’ and ‘Pa’ stores integral to community building, and those who find themselves carless in a society built around autonomous mobility.
Kyler Zeleny (1988) is a Canadian photographer-researcher and author of Out West. He received his bachelors in Political Science from the University of Alberta and his masters from Goldsmiths College, University of London, in Photography and Urban Cultures. He is a guest editor for the Imaginations Journal for Cross-Cultural Image Studies and a guest publisher with The Velvet Cell. Kyler Currently lives in Toronto, where he is a doctoral student in the joint Communication and Culture program at Ryerson & York University.