All around the world, female-only motorcycle clubs are popping up. We’ve seen them in India, Morocco and in the heart of the notorious traffic nightmare known as New York City. It’s turning into a global phenomenon. Now, The Huffington Post has profiled a photographer who has gotten up close and personal with a band of women bikers in New Orleans. Akasha Rabut has shot some amazing photos of the Caramel Curves biker gang down in the Big Easy. And in the time she’s been photographing them, she’s gotten to know them and what drives their passion.
“They have just as much, if not more, passion than most men that ride,” Rabut told HuffPost. “Riding bikes gives them a sense freedom and an outlet in the world. I hope that viewers, especially female viewers, feel empowered by these images,” says of the biker gang that was born in a nail salon.
The women bikers have a distinct sense of style that, Rabut said, is meant to blur gender lines, details that are featured prominently in Rabut’s series of photos. Rabut also likes to take photos of the women on their powerful bikes emerging from clouds of pink smoke.
Rabut moved to New Orleans about seven years ago, and, by chance, happened to meet two of the gang’s members. Upon hearing their names, she knew immediately she’d stumbled upon something very cool.
Read the full story and see all of Rabut’s photos at The Huffington Post.