Taking turns behind the camera and in front of it, Los Angeles creatives Kourtney Jackson and Kaitlynn Lucas are the women behind Objects Without Meaning’s recent campaigns and our latest obsession. With the perfect sunlight casting shadows and the fluid movement of the clothes, this duo has mastered the art of a photograph that puts the clothes in a beautiful light while at the same time making you feel like you could totally be friends with the person wearing them. Obviously we had to find out more.
HOW DID YOU FIRST START WORKING WITH OBJECTS WITHOUT MEANING?
KAITLYNN: I first started working with Objects after being approached by Erlin and Alex to model for their website. I’ve been collaborating with the brand ever since!
KOURTNEY: Well, as the Art Director in recent years for a couple different LA retailers, I’ve also been involved with seasonal buying. So I actually first worked with Objects Without Meaning from a buying perspective, which is very different from our recent collaborations!
HOW DID YOU GUYS MEET?
KL: I actually met Kourtney through my boyfriend, David! They had worked together in previous years.
KJ: Kaitlynn and I met in person the day we had our first shoot together for Objects. But I already knew I liked her because she is dating my past intern turned-assistant turned-good friend.
TELL US ABOUT THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY IN LOS ANGELES.
KL: It’s such an inspiring community. I’ve only been exposed to a small part of it, but the people I’ve met and come in contact with over the past few months are doing some really incredible things. I feel like the appreciation for creativity and artistry is only increasing. It’s a really great time to be a creative person.
KJ: I’ve found the creative community in Los Angeles to be pretty fluid. There’s a lot of collaboration, exchange of ideas, and familiar faces once you’re engaged with it. I feel like we (LA creatives) have high standards for our own work, but we want to see each other succeed. There’s definitely forward momentum when we support each other’s creative endeavors.
IF YOU HAD TO PICK, BEHIND THE CAMERA OR IN FRONT?
KL: Behind — I’m so shy!
KJ: So hard to choose! For me, being in front is much more fun. But being behind the camera can be more rewarding because (let’s be honest) I love directing the creative vision.
HOW DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION FOR PROJECTS?
KL: I really can’t force it. That’s been my biggest challenge with art school and creating in general. I’m constantly writing things in my notebook that resonate with me – whether it be a passage from a book I’m reading, a line from a song, a scene in a film. I also love reading art history essays and criticism. Rosalind Krauss is my favorite.
KJ: I often find inspiration from studying artists I respect that practice the same discipline. For photography projects, I look to people like Wolfgang Tillmans, Viviene Sassen, Irving Penn, etc. Watching experimental old cinema really inspires me as well!
TELL US SOMETHING PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU.
KL: I love to make music. I play guitar and sing. I grew up in choir and did musicals through community theater. Lately I haven’t been as involved in music as I’d like to be, but I’m hoping to pick it back up again when I’m finished with school.
KJ: I actually have a minor in Biblical Studies.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PIECES FROM THE FALL COLLECTION?
KL: The knife pleat dress because it’s so simple and elegant and flattering on pretty much everyone. I also really love the mock neck shirts. The silhouette is so classy.
KJ: Easy. The cashmere sweater and pant set are so sophisticated and comfortable. It feels like the set is ushering in a renaissance for luxurious loungewear.