Christopher Poland Capstone

My capstone is essentially a photo gallery that focuses mainly on the Mazda MX-5 Miata, a front engine, rear wheel drive roadster that, ever since its introduction in 1989, had cemented itself as the world’s best selling sports car. This slideshow project focuses itself as a gallery. It begins with outsourced photos, but most of the photos that come out of the photo gallery are photos that I took myself. This process is cumulative of multiple plans that I initially had, but in the end I ultimately found one that still tapped into my own personal interests, given the fact that my own first car is a Miata (and is featured in this project) and I have personally done a lot of research on these cars even before this project had been initiated. The end result is a photo gallery, one that consists of legacy photos from the car’s initial development, the 1989 reveal of the car, old advertisements that I found in the meantime, and ultimately a series of photos that basically exhibit my own personal Miata on the road. In the meantime, I also took the time to basically exhibit captions to accompany the photos with this project, giving some context to the photos being presented as a result of doing so. It was also cool to do so, because in the process, even amid all the personal research I have done with the car, it was cool to see how unlikely of an origin story a Japanese-built car had.