mumb_iii Towards the end of August my good friend @mackenzieyounger sent me two of his new limited edition jackets to photograph in a Florida style setting. As Irma approached, I decided to capture the jackets in conjunction with my personal experiences preceding and following the storm, almost like a visual diary entry.
Artist: Mumbi O'Brien
Location: South Florida
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mackenzieyounger I sent Mumbi O'Brien two pieces from my latest series Jackets to play around with in Florida. The original plan was for Mumbi to drive up to New York City after but news broke out that hurricane Irma was approaching and so she stayed behind to assist her family in preparation. During this period Mumbi used the jackets and a disposable camera to document her town before and after Irma; producing a beautiful series of images.
I find these images both eerie and playful, as if they where taken in a post-apocalypsic world which only Mumbi and her friends were left to explore. In this world they captured little aesthetic moments from the unique way individuals prepared their home or business for the storm, to the big, dramatic gestures Irma left on the landscape. And then theirs a wonderful juxtapositions that happen with the jackets.
For example the images directly below of Mumbi standing in front of a Tiffany's storefront and her friend standing in front of a Chanel window display; both stores poorly prepped for Irma, in an almost humorous manor or maybe symbolically, as if in an artistic gesture and not for any practical application.... these photos, really present the jackets as ironic uniforms, providing style in a landscape where industry and fashion has literally gone into hiding, and nature has taken over.