The New York photographer David Brandon Geeting’s work is characterized by its meticulous composition. Geeting often creates hyperrealist images in his studio, where he makes even the most mundane things, like oven mitts and lemon peels, look uncanny. With his latest book, last year’s Neighborhood Stroll, Geeting turned his eye on his neighborhood, compiling photographs that he took while walking around Greenpoint, Brooklyn over the course of three years. There’s a shot of the rear window of someone’s car, which is decorated with a cluster of different fish decals, and a Budweiser can gently resting underneath some yellow wildflowers. “After trying to pull interesting compositions out of whatever the world presented to me, getting acquainted with the white walls of my studio again has been like pulling teeth,” Geeting said.

With New York City now on lockdown, though, Geeting has obviously had to curtail his neighborhood strolls. Instead of zapping his creative drive, this newfound isolation surprisingly become a wellspring of inspiration. “I’m so used to working, answering emails, making expense reports, running errands, attending events, that when everything came to a halt, I suddenly felt so free,” Geeting says. “The restriction of staying within the walls of my apartment has really brought out a kind of resourceful, curious, ‘everything-has-potential’ energy in me.”

Photo: David Brandon Geeting

Geeting has channeled this feeling into what he’s calling a “self-quarantine residency,” which he’s embarked on with his collaborator (and girlfriend) Lina Sun Park. For every day of their joint quarantine so far, they’ve shared a set of photographs that they’ve created solely in their apartment. Park, who works at the Simone Rocha store in New York City, assists with the styling, hair, and makeup. Their compositions include purple geodes displayed on fruit-printed blankets, smiley-faced potatoes, dirty white socks draped over bags of apples, and portraits of Park in a pair of overalls and playfully upturned Pippy Longstocking braids (complete with ribbons).

Geeting and Park have been dating for about a year and a half, but they had never before collaborated. Their strengths and aesthetic leanings differ—Geeting jumps into an idea without much deliberation, and he says that Park’s assets, whether it be with hair, makeup, or wardrobe styling, are areas that he can sometimes clumsily overlook. But they’ve found a good working balance. “I tend to get caught up in trying to make every detail perfect, so it’s been really nice working with the energy Dave brings, who focuses on the bigger picture,” Park says. They haven’t outright discussed their intention for each photograph, instead embracing an anything-goes attitude and a necessary spirit of resourcefulness.

Photo: David Brandon Geeting
Photo: David Brandon Geeting

With this photo project, Park has been able to draw on her background in art and fashion outside of her 9-to-5 job. She earned a BFA in fine arts at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California, where she did everything from making her own scents to creating interactive installations. She later went to Parsons for an MFA in Fashion Design and Society. At Simone Rocha, Park’s everyday tasks vary—one day she could be taking fun product images for the brand’s Instagram, or the next she’ll help install seasonal store windows—but in her downtime, she likes to craft. “I like to tinker around with things, sometimes that means sewing a quilted cover for my keyboard, and sometimes that means painting clouds in our bathroom or baking a pie. I have a lot of random materials and vintage crafting books I look to for inspiration,” she says.

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