I thought I had the best job ever. I get to work with great people, see amazing art, talk about amazing art. And then I met Kendrick Brinson and David Walter Banks, and I realized being a Luceo photographer is the best job ever. By far.
Apparently you get to be super cool and hip (not sure if it’s a job requirement) and travel all over to the most amazing places and take pictures. As a job. Kendrick and David had just come back from a drive down the coast from Seattle to San Francisco where they played the day away taking (gorgeous) Polaroids of anything and everything that caught their fancy. Oh yeah, and the film was given to them by the Impossible Project, so no worries there.
By the end of our meeting I was begging them to take me with them. I really wanted to just be them, but my better judgment felt expressing that would creep them out. Although blogging about that is probably pretty creepy too.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Luceo, a bit of background (from the Luceo website):
LUCEO Images is a photographer owned and operated cooperative established with the goal of supporting the significant work of its members. LUCEO produces the highest quality commercial and editorial photography and works to provide creative nourishment to our member photographers.
Also check out the incredible feature the New York Times Lens blog wrote about them last month.
So how did I come to have this meeting with them, you ask? Jennifer Schwartz Gallery is going to team up with Luceo this winter to do a show in the gallery. Each photographer in the collective works on assignments as well as personal projects. The details are still being worked out, but we hope this show will be the beginning of an exciting on-going relationship.
Kendrick and David each shared some images from personal projects they are working on, both exploring themes of escapism. David gets to go to mermaid theme parks and other bizarre adventures – several of which he is planning to visit in the next few months.
Kendrick is working on a project called “Sun City: Life After Life” about a retirement city in Sun City, Arizona. When she first began telling us about this self-governed community full of active, life-loving retirees, I was imagining a group of elderly people who play a rowdy game of bridge before an afternoon nap and an early dinner at Shoney’s. I was not imaginging this. . .
This one blew my mind. Prepare to have your mind blown as well when you see our Luceo show this winter!