Lance Kenneth Blakney
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“Sometimes I dream a sentence and write it down. It’s usually nonsense, but sometimes it seems a key to another world.” - Anne Carson, Autobiography of Red

It's funny.... whenever I am feeling creatively drained or defeated, the right people come into my life and help me feel rejuvenated. This was an incredible experience because it allowed me to try things that I may not have otherwise been allowed to try - some ideas in my head that I was never quite sure if they would work. And, of course, they turned into some of my favourite photos to date.

All of these photos were shot in one session, in one general location, all within in a couple of hours. It was a fun challenge to see how many different looks we could create in a short amount of time. This was truly an amazing collaboration with some amazingly talented individuals, and I am so happy with the outcome!

model: Brian Leonard

stylist / MUA: Autumn Smith

Lance BlakneyComment

we were walking through a field of red alders

‘watch your legs

be careful of your legs’ my mother said

the legs that would carry me

into the rest of my life

‘do you mind’ she lit a cigarette

‘no.’ children weren’t allowed to mind

when it came to things like

breakfast, gasoline, cigarettes-

they were all complimentary

if the air had walls they’d be stained a dingy yellow

and the sun, a fluorescent light filled with black flies

scrambling in a circle

in search of freedom

a thorn grazed the back of my shin

two drops of blood pooled at the surface of the opening

‘i’ve got to quit smoking’ she said for 47 years

she smiled

i smiled too but i was thinking about the blood on my leg.

my brothers hair was white

white like softness

as he trailed behind us in my shadow

mouthing ‘shortcut, shortcut.’

all of the days harshness

used up in one hour.

- cassidy ingersoll

Lance BlakneyComment

"i am every harsh place i've ever been."

"i write because she looks good on paper."

"i had found poetry. before i found you. or anything else."

"i manifest the resiliency to create art, in light of a war."

model / writer: Cassidy Ingersol @cassiyydawn

"even in love, i wrote like i was out of it."