Where are you from?
JL: I was raised in Vermont, on a dirt road with a covered bridge on it, a town called North Clarendon. I live in New York City, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
How did photography happen?
JL: I was always attracted to the idea of the photographer and their darkroom, like an alchemist in the lab, as well as having a record of the past to look back on. That combined with the interactions I had in my childhood with photographers working for skate and snowboard magazines and brands made photography seem like a natural characteristic of a life well lived.
What field do you work in most?
JL: I consider myself to be an artistic photographer. My tastes and style have evolved over the years from being a purely diaristic photographer working just to keep a record of my own life and times to working on bodies of work deliberately photographed for publication as a series or for show. A few years back, I decided to justify my work by publishing my own zines through a publishing company I founded as Red Hand Publishing, which not only publishes my work, but that of my friends and contemporaries as well.
What do you enjoy photographing the most?
JL: Recently I have been burning a lot of film photographing the flower vendor stalls around NYC, and when the clouds are nice I photograph them, but I'm still kind of a good times photographer, capturing moments of my friends and I living it up, basking in the sun on a riverbank, or just enjoying the world for what it is with what we've got.
How do you relate to Vans?
JL: Well, coincidentally enough, I wear Vans Authentics, Sk8-His, and Chukka Boots somewhat ritualistically, so when the opportunity to work with the brand came up there was no question in my mind it was the right thing to do.
Describe what you did for this issue of the Classic & Family magazine?
JL: For this issue of the Classic & Family magazine I rounded up some friends and interacted with the city in the ways each one does. It was springtime so the whole city was in good spirits, and we ate a lot of pizza together.
What do you do when you don't shoot photos?
JL: I have a 1972 Harley-Davidson Ironhead that I'm in love with, and spend most of my days just burning gas and counting car alarms (which it sets off frequently enough for that to be an activity). I keep it in a garage here in Brooklyn with a great community of guys and gals, and put a lot of energy into maintaining it and keeping it running well with the help and advice of that group of people.
What kinds of projects do you have lined up in the near future?
JL: I am presently working on a few projects for Red Hand Publishing that I am real excited about, a photography zine for my friend Taylor Brubaker, who has been a huge inspiration for me, and another showcasing the artwork of an extremely talented tattoo artist here in Brooklyn by the name of Bailey Hunter Robinson. I’m real excited to be working on projects for, and growing the publishing company, eventually being on the shelves of art bookstores in countries around the world and working with more and more artists and photographers to get their work out there.