Landon Speers is Canadian artist currently based in New York City that endeavours to document the people and places he encounters with an earnest candor. Having spent his formative years photographing the punk community in the expansive prairies of western Canada, he acquired an appreciation for places both visceral and still. His work has been published & featured by the likes of Capricious, Mossless, Aint-Bad, The Magenta Foundation & The Heavy Collective. In addition to personal projects, Landon also takes commissions from publications including The New York Times, W Magazine, Vogue, New York Magazine & The Fader.
Landon Speers brings his visual and musical practices together with the release of “Wild Rose”, a book of original photography with an accompanying album of ambient compositions. The multimedia collection encapsulates moments of stillness through vignettes of natural elements both rural and urban.
Exploring beauty in states of growth and decay, the landscapes of “Wild Rose” are captured with an approach akin to portraiture. Time is the hidden subject emerging from geological formations and inhabited spaces, momentarily absent of humans. An intimate sense of life long lived in these environments lies beneath the surface of every image with a spectral glow. Focused on nature’s simple gestures even in the least likely of places, Wild Rose suggests a new relationship with our surroundings and an appreciation for our world’s infinite details.
Speers wrote and recorded much of the musical score throughout the travels that produced the project’s imagery, welcoming detuned pianos and other found instruments into the process. His simultaneous escape from, and journey into, everyday life welcomes us along a path of respite from the mundane, while offering a glimpse into its splendor.
The limited edition book of photographic prints accompanied by a digital download of the album has been released in partnership with Human Pitch on November 2, 2018.
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