cypress-spook-witch asked: hey i loved the limited lp design you did for state faults and i was wondering what the significance of the artwork was?
It’s a brick with a knife tied on it.
Two weapons for the price of one.
Anonymous asked: 10 reasons why it wasn't enough?
The “Ten Reasons” relates to Paul Baribeau’s “Ten Things” which are never enough.
I met Ashlee in the Penland cafeteria my freshman year of college. She was wearing a Radiohead t-shirt and had bright blue eyes. The way she walked was a funny little scurry, that in some way offset her wild, fun and completely non-mousey personality well. Neither of us quite fit in at the southern Baptist university but we fit in together and were immediately inseparable. She transferred back west to California mid-year (it was a terrible and tearful farewell) but we kept in touch with a shared online journal. In it, she chronicled her life in San Francisco and her growing adoration of a boy named Juan, and I updated her with all the news from Texas.
About eight years later, I was in SF to shoot a wedding, and I sent a text to the last known phone number I had for Ashlee, hoping it would still reach her. It worked! She still lived in SF, invited me to stay with her, and said that she lived “with a boy.” It had been at least three or four years since Ashlee and I had been in touch, but I asked if it was Juan, and to my delight it was — I would actually meet this mysterious love of Ashlee’s, whom she had confessed to me so much eight years earlier.
Juan was every bit as interesting and hilarious and fun as Ashlee made him out to be. When I arrived at their apartment in the Sunset, they greeted me with a bottle of tequila (I turned 28 that night), which we drank with college-age abandon and proceeded to dance the night away on furniture in their living room.
I visited them again in March, while I was out west for a photography conference, and this time Bonnie was with me. We took photos of them at Land’s End, one of our mutual favorite places in SF. Juan later confided in us that he was about to propose to Ashlee, which made the photos even more special.
This weekend I’m in Carpinteria, CA to attend their wedding. I’m excited and overjoyed being here to see it happen.
Ben Sears / Juan Gabe collaboration goes up for sale at 12PM EST on July 24th.
finished collaboration with my opposite coast friend Juan Gabe
print information coming soon, check back here for details