I posted a video to my story at my @starky_photography account from an event I shout this weekend, and I got a few messages about it. It was a clip of a few guys in a photo booth, wearing animal head masks. If you’d seen it in real life, it was just a silly photo booth. But the way I shot it and with the music I added when editing the video, it came off as surreal and maybe even unnerving, which is definitely what I intended (though I also thought it was hilarious 😆). To me, that’s just how I see the world. —
Bob Dylan once said that he doesn’t see people as people—he sees them as ideas. I couldn’t agree more. The world is for me something to experience, examine, and then reimagine. I take in every experience and run it through an internal taste machine and I’m only interested if it has the opportunity to be reimagined and re-contextualized.
This is obviously just the way I experience the world, but it’s also what I want to share through my work. I’m not interested in doing the same types of things other people are doing because then there’s nothing left to imagine. And at the same time, I love the challenge of doing a photo shoot in a popular location because I’m tasked with transforming it into another place altogether. Or if not that, at least looking at the less obvious aspects of it. —
Photography, in capturing life, allows us to make the most surreal art because we capture moments that cease to exist as soon as the photo is taken, and, with time, we become character in our own images. If that’s the case, why not embrace that surreality instead of playing it safe?
(Looking back now, I wish we’d smeared the roses on Germaine’s jacket, but the stylists at @s.k.threads would’ve killed us 😬.)
(Check our my story for my favorite reaction to the video mentioned in this post.)
Rockefeller State Park Preserve