Call it the anti biker babe / tool girl calendar. Its a calendar featuring female mechanics of all kind in their element doing what they do best, building and fixing motors. Photographer and mechanic Sarah Lyon came up with the idea two years ago to tour the country and photograph female mechanics. The idea was so successful, Sarah is now on her third wall calendar. The 2009 edition features women from the automotive, jet aircraft, bicycle, hot rod, marine, race car, and of course motorcycling fields.
The project challenges sterotypes of the typical tool girl pinup calendar by showing a variety of real women working in their shop environments. Theres no wanna-be poser shots here. A short biography of each mechanic is included. This calendar has an extended bio section with descriptions of how each mechanic got into her field. The third in a series, the calendar also has a “centerfold” featuring images of all 45 mechanics photographed during three years of working on the project.
This project is a labor of love as Sarah traveled to both coasts this summer, and north and south of her home in Louisville, Kentucky. Destinations included California, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia, New York, Arizona, Indiana, and Kentucky. Throughout the journey she slept on many couches, camped, and stayed at cheap motels in small towns. She says she met so many inspiring people. “I feel that the 2009 calendar is especially strong, building on three years of experience documenting mechanics in a wide variety of situations,” Sarah explains.
The Female Mechanics Calendar sells for $20 and is available online at SarahLyon.com.