David Brandon Geeting’s vivid and playful images of his Brooklyn neighbourhood contain a cautionary message
“People always try to find the most incredible thing, it’s always about perfection and the extraordinary,” says Max Siedentopf, co-founder of Ordinary magazine, “but there are so many things around us that we’re not aware of, all these mundane boring objects that we don’t even notice.” This is the philosophy behind Ordinary, brainchild of Siedentopf and designer Yuki Kappes, which has returned to print after a year’s hiatus. Each issue, the magazine asks 20 photographers to reimagine an ordinary object – be it a kitchen sponge, plastic cutlery or a single white sock – as something extraordinary. The object featured in each issue is gifted to the reader as an “extra” in a plastic bag on the front cover. This time though, the bag arrived empty.
There is something frantic about David Brandon Geeting’s photography. In his latest collection, Amusement Park, the Greenpoint, Brooklyn-based artist creates a mood that is exhilarating and vibrant, but also verging on collapse, as though its tether could snap at any moment. Where his 2015 book, Infinite Power, was energetic and kinetic, with Amusement Park he’s aiming for “information overload”. “I’m not afraid of making people confused or dizzy,” he says. “I wanted it to be an onslaught of colours and forms and things that don’t make sense.”
Having graduated from New York’s School of Visual Arts four and half years ago, David Brandon Geeting has already exhibited at Art Basel Miami Beach and shot for the likes of Nylon, The Fader and The New York Times T Magazine. He is clearly a rising star, but modestly comments that “every time I make new work, I feel like I’ve never made art before,” adding, “I also have a hard time learning from experience; I hit my head on the same low ceilings every time. I hope my work looks as if someone who just hit their head on a ceiling is trying to make art for the first time.” These images come from a shoot for Surface magazine and show off clothes by Maison Martin Margiela, but Geeting is irreverent about high fashion too, noting that he and creative director Zak Klauck paired the clothes with everyday items because “the Margiela couture was so ridiculous”. Done at “the cheapest studio I could find, with off-brand strobes, a modest collection of seamless …