from the OC to NYC to DC

Posted in personal, work by Kevin Vu on March 11, 2009

Adriel, Mignon’s son, sitting in the car. El Dorado, New Mexico.
© kevin t vu

i’ve been home for barely a week and i’m off again. heading to new york city to get my feet wet, hopefully i wont drown. then i’m gonna hit the nation’s capitol! never been, so it should be a great exploration! hopefully, i can turn this trip into some kind of project as well. maybe i can find something when i get there.

mignon gave me a great idea. i should document/video myself and call it ‘the couch-surfing cook.’ post it on youtube and hope it goes viral. great idea!

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Posted in projects by Kevin Vu on September 11, 2008

jessica relaxing in between photo shoots. santa fe, new mexico.
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been home for a day now. actually, i dont really have a home anymore. my mom sold the house i spent my childhood in while i was in santa fe. so everything has been moved out, and my things have been placed in my sister’s garage. and i am now in her guest bedroom. i am officially a gypsy.

talking about home, i want to further explain my ‘home’ project. if you’ve seen my london work, you know that it was a very cold, elusive, weighted and detached story. it was a personal description of my time there. but since then, i have always thought about the idea of ‘home.’ what makes a place ‘home?’ (be it physical or mental.) is home the tangibles or the intangibles, or a pinch of both? i wanted to think and shoot in a totally different capacity. at first, the story was quite unfocused. i was just shooting anything w/ the idea of ‘home’ in my mind. i jumped from a holga camera, to a medium format hasselblad and finally back to my 35mm. i did know that i wanted to shoot in color. i wanted to think in color, to draw upon the vivacity of the idea of ‘home.’ i’ve narrowed down to shooting 35mm color digital w/ the nikon d3. i’m still trying to narrow the story further, to try to extract a main thesis for the essay. but i guess i’m still in the rough draft phase.

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