It’s been a busy month over here!!! The cold Montreal forces me into hibernation still but this past month I’ve reached a lot of milestones I never thought I’d reach - now onto bigger dreams!!
My biggest project this month was a music video I directed, shot & conceptualized for Radiant Baby, for his new single “Do it” which will be out in June! We collaborated on my first music video last year and it was such a delight to get to work together again. He told me the story of how him and his girlfriend met and I filmed my own interpretation of it, which is an all-purple queer love story.
Here’s some stills/photos from the video shoot as a preview:
this month was also AUCTION TIME! I got to participate in Artsida 8, a charity auction for accm which is a local AIDS organization here in Montreal. Was very happy to be able to raise funds for them <3 You can see more about that here :
Interestingly, I had a print of the same image featured in a second auction around the same time, this one on Paddle8. This one was really special to me because my work was shown/sold alongside all my teen idols: Wolfgang Tillmans, Ryan Mcginley, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, etc. It felt really validating/an honour to have my work in the same space as these artists I looked up to for so many years. Felt like I made it, like I’m one of the boys now. You can see the auction here: https://paddle8.com/auction/boys-boys-boys/ and some press below
additionally, I also continued my artist interview series with Adolescent, this time with Matthew James Wilson, founder of Forge Art mag and an all-around great dude who I got to chat with in Toronto back in august!
You can view that here: https://www.adolescent.net/a/artist-interview-series-forge-art-mag
Aside from that I also co-hosted a zine workshop for Jeunes Queer Youth along with Maybe Silvan and I got to teach a college portrait photography class which was so much fun!!!
Coming up….I’m still working on my retrospective book, getting closer to finishing it and I’m very excited about it!! I also shot some work for Converse which should be out any day, and I’ll be re-doing my non-binary exhibition as part of Rose festival in Montreal mid-may, more details on that soon! That’s all I can say for now ~
here are some some moments from last year that I shot on my phone, not what I usually do but felt like showing you something a little less polished and more insight into my life. memories from montreal, toronto, berlin, london, vancouver, and victoria <3
This month I got to partner with VSCO (thanks to my rep at Adolescent Content!!) on their campaign “create the extraordinary” - I used this opportunity to edit some images from the past year from my ongoing series “me vs others”. This series is about identity, and it’s about blurring the line between what is real and what isn’t. Some sort of imagined diary. These were taken in Berlin and Toronto, and edited with VSCOx :)
You can see the Adolescent x VSCO partnership here : vs.co/laurence
Thinking about making a short film with this series as well…stay tuned for that!!
quick spring moments in between a commercial shoot last month
I’m still in hibernation quite a bit, hiding away and working on my retrospective book/archive - but also bursting with ideas and can’t wait for spring, to start anew.
I’ve had a portfolio of images from my non-binary series published in a special edition of Courrier International in France this month, here are some images from that feature:
Here are some self portraits from this week // a few years ago, I was receiving a lot of harassment from men online and eventually got so anxious about it that I started to feel really uncomfortable existing on the internet. I logged out of my professional tumblr, instagram, Facebook etc for a few months (and @karensofiacolon took over my accounts, the sweetest, thank you) - I started the series “me vs others” around that time, in which I dress up my friends as me with the orange wig and all - it was about being able to still take self portraits without having to physically exist online/in the photograph. felt like explaining the series cause I don’t think I ever have written about it before! Years of therapy later and here I am!
lastly, my dear friend Hana Haley wrote a really sweet blog post about a day we spent at an apple orchard in the fall, you can check that out here: