We are Luna y Lebrón, aka Nikki Luna Paz and Michael Lebrón. We are partners in plants and in dirt and in life, and we have been working on this project all year.
This project explores a cross-imagining between nature and bodies. The way that domesticated nature still grows wild, the way that our bodies, Queer bodies, and otherwise, house us and interact with our surroundings.
It came about really organically, after we moved into our new space in Brooklyn. Friends gave us plants as housewarming gifts, and we ended up photographing each other and our friends with the plants, using a film camera. This led us to start exploring how growing a garden shares similarities with cultivating our community.
The process for a photo session involves us reaching out to a friend, or even someone we want to get to know better, and cooking them dinner, sharing a meal, and taking photos with plants. Taking the photos together as a team is very important to us, and making sure everyone felt comfortable, creative, and safe was extremely important as well.
With respect and love for everyone's relationships with their own bodies, each participant chose their level of undress.
We are really proud of our friendships and our community, and creating a book from this series is a really exciting next step. The book includes photographs as well as poems and illustrations. Here's an example of what a page from the book will look like:
We are printing our book locally at Rolling Press in Brooklyn. They are an environmentally friendly printing company, which uses responsible materials and renewable energy.
The release of the book will coincide with a gallery show and launch party here in Brooklyn in early 2019.
We hope you love it as much as we do.
Risks and challenges
The risk and main challenge here is the risk inherent in every crowdfunding campaign: If we do not make our entire funding goal, Kickstarter will consider the campaign a failure. This means that they will not charge you and we won't get any money from the campaign at all. This means, no book.
However, we feel good about this. Lebrón is a published photographer, and Nikki self-published her first sold-out poetry book last year.
We have grown this project over the course of almost a year, talked about it with our friends, shared it over social media, and even at graduate portfolio reviews. We are confident that enough people want to see this book come to life. So we are going to do our best. And we're very excited.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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