In the 2005 film “William Eggleston In the Real World”, director Michael Almereyda attempts to question Eggleston about the concepts behind his celebrated photographs. After nearly an hour of ambiguous answers, Eggleston graces us with a statement that has become one of his most notable quotes. “Whatever it is about pictures, photographs, it’s just about impossible to follow up with words. They don’t have anything to do with each other.” And so it seems fitting that we begin with this statement, a bold reminder to you, the viewer, that your experiences, and your own youth will inform this work to the same degree that our statement of intent will.
This body of work originated solely from a conversation about the concept of presenting photographs on cakes. Soon after, it became apparent that it was our duty to create a body of work revolving around this singular idea. As we discussed this medium and its connotations, making work about our youth seemed to be the clearest answer. The three of us are from extraordinarily different cities across the suburbs of St. Louis. Wil from Kirkwood, Jackie from Bridgeton, and Brandon from Foristell. As obvious as it may be, we had extremely different childhoods, and a wide range of experiences. These vastly different regions, greatly contributed to who we are as individuals. Photographing each other's origins not only allowed us to see the reason for these differences but also to gain a greater understanding of each other. This process intensified prior memories, as well as highlighting the change that seems to happen so rapidly in ever expanding suburbs. Environments that once felt so familiar now feel more distant, new buildings go up and friends move away. Change like this is so difficult to fully see until one attempts to define what this place once was, the place that molded us, now aged. Our home towns once more demanded our attention, forcing us to relive important, fragile and fleeting memories. It seems at this age nostalgia is inescapable.
Text by Brandon Bandy