While we’ve also been out organically finding Memphis this summer, Carla and I specifically sought out 10 alleyways we loved, that we thought were souly Memphis, and that we thought were different from each other. Then we reached out to 10 people we loved, that we knew loved Memphis, and that we thought were different from each other. Then we paired those people with the alleys we had chosen, with very little thought in mind of who “belonged” in what alley. We told them to wear what they wanted to, sometimes with suggestions of what colors we thought might look good on them on any given day – not knowing what the sky would look like or even some of the colors in that alley in general. We didn’t push much in terms of design. The series was simply meant to give us both the experience of working with human beings in, for our purposes, fairly generic (yet still interesting) settings.
Of course everyone’s feelings about art – AND people – are subjective. But for some reason, these 10 particular photos pulled at our hearts – for countless different reasons we can’t necessarily explain. So here it is. Our first-ever photo series.