suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
jim LIND: as a sign of the current times, people are losing jobs, businesses, homes, and a general quality of living at an alarming rate. when bad news comes it’s all too easy to curl up in the ball and accept defeat. rather i see it as the perfect time for growth and discovery. in each scene, the individuals are adapting to the changing environment and progressing forward. the images present a tangible hopefulness that is inherent in all grim situations. like any of the dark periods in our long history, this too will pass.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
jL: well actually i had just got laid off from my colorless job as a restaurant “server” during the same time frame that the economic disaster hit the u.s pretty hard. while it did affect the cash flow, it also freed up a lot of time to focus on personal work. what better way to comment on the current state of affairs than with a little storytelling.
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
jL: i watched season 1-3 of arrested development because if that doesn’t make you feel better about your life situation than you are a sad and humorless soul.
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
jL: the london-new york duo, nicholas kahn and richard selesnick, are highly influential in my decision making as a photographer. their work primarily deals with the fabrication of historical events. they’re extremely skilled in creating such fantastical images that only borderline insane individuals could make. or maybe they are so comfortable with themselves that they allow their imagination to run freely without limitation.