For people who don’t know how did you two meet?
Sam: We met when we went to study documentary photography at University. We were both interested in exploring the relationship between travel, street and popular cultures. Ever since, we have become good friends and each others toughest critic when it comes to selecting photos for various project.
How do you think obtaining a university education has helped you as a photographer?
Jack: It was a good help to get the wheels moving. The best thing it can offer is the network and people you meet.
How has your selection process for this gallery changed from your previous gallery 'reign'?
Sam: I think our last project we had no idea how it all worked to put a show together, it was very DIY and we had very little support but it was great motivation especially the feedback people had given us. Two years later, after being able to travel and visit many galleries and studios around Europe and America. We have both developed a better perception on how we wanted things to be and ways we feel comfortable interacting with our audiences. So this time we introduced a more challenging project, working closely with our designer and printer we compared my black and white images from N.Y against Jack’s saturated color photographs of L.A. Repetitively looking over 100 + rolls we were able to find great similarities to connect the two vibrant cities that have inspired us to put together a book launch / Exhibition.
Jack: The selection process is always tough, especially when you’re doing collaboration project. So things have to work together, and everyone is attached to their images for different reasons. There may be a shot that I love because it means something personal to me but put on a wall to anyone else may look like a piece of shit. When it comes down to it it’s all business and nothing personal.
How has traveling benefited your craft?
Sam: I believe traveling is an everyday practice. Travel doesn’t mean you have to go overseas; it can just be simply walking across the road to get a donut. So I guess so much randomness happens every day in my life, I can’t keep track of it all; I can only get what I can when I have a camera. Therefore every few months I look to put together a book or exhibition which relatively makes sense for me.
Jack: Travel is very important to me, I think it’s important to everyone but for different reasons. It’s easy to get caught up and get too comfortable in a place. But you need to always be challenging yourself in someone. Traveling is perfect for visual people because it gives you a chance to refresh your eye and see new exciting things. It’s almost like using the washers and wipers on your windscreen which is important for driving safely and equally as important to keep yourself motivated and going in a game that is very easy to get down on.
Tell me a little about the book? Why did you put one together?
Jack: The book is our baby with this project it took a lot of time, sweat and tears. We put it together with a big help from our designer friend Alex Crampton. The book was the main idea from the start and it just worked out that we could be a part of the photo book festival so it all came together form there. There are a lot of photo books coming out now which is great but we wanted to create something different which I think we have with the back to front, color to black and white and posters that you can pull through. Books are also a great way to look at photos when we’re staring at screens all day.
Shot by LLLUSKA