Ahh! My favorite series is back on the blog!
‘Six Questions With…’ is the moment I finally get to shut the f* up and give the floor to the people that I think are super cool. Today, I’m passing the mic to one of my dearest friends for the last nine NYC years of my life, Laurent Chevalier. It’s been a joy watching this wholesome lawyer morph into a confident photographer with such perspective. Meet my Chevy!
Who the hell are you?
I am the grill loving, old black man in my heart, photographer and life observer Laurent Chevalier.
Why are you awesome?
I usually leave this to other people to say. But here goes nothing: I self published a photo-zine this year (that you can purchase here www.chevaliercreative.com/printedworks), I created a portrait/story series on black joy for black folks self care (that you can read about in HuffPo here, I have a group exhibition that I am a part of called RISING. I’m also working on a large scale photo-book with a dope poet, educator, and writer friend of mine. So all in all I’m just trying to create and share great work.
What are some of your best things to do below 14th Street?
If you ever need a reminder of good still existing in the world, go to Bedstuy Fish Fry. One of my fav spots to grab a brew is Bedvyne Brew in Bedstuy. It’s like Black “Cheers”. Also, this is very New Brooklyn of me, but shout out to the Alamo movie theatre.
Where is your fave place in the world to visit?
I recently went to Haiti with my girlfriend, and Jacmel is absolutely beautiful.
Who is in your ear right now?
I’m still playing this new Kendrick a lot, and also Kamasi Washington’s “The Epic” album still is heavy in the rotation. Other names that stay active, Ahmad Jamaal, Joe Henderson, Makaya McCraven, Earth Wind & Fire and…2 Chainz.
How can we stalk you?
Catch Laurent and his work (plus the homie Dee) live and direct this Thursday at RISING, a photo exhibition putting the spotlight on up and coming NYC photogs. RSVP here for this incredible night.
*Editor’s Note – all of the images included in this post are available for purchase.