A closer look at his photo book, And Away They Go.
Exclusively on MADE, photographer Eric Chakeen brings us a closer look at his latest photography book, And Away They Go. This Del Mar, CA native gears away from his usual big name clients and glossy editorials, honing in on a collection of simpler moments captured at a horse race in California.
Tell us about the inspiration behind And Away They Go.
I grew up next to the racetrack and have gone since I was a kid. It’s this giant racetrack in a sleepy beach town so it has this magnetic pull. Living in New York and being to go home and visit this antiquated and kinda alien racetrack made it seem like something I had to document.
Is there a shift in feeling when seeing your work in the flesh vs. through a screen?
Massively. This being my first book makes it vastly different and exciting. Even though i’ve looked at these images a thousand times I’m so happy to see them in print.
What city has the most influence on your work?
New York, I started taking photos here at the end of college so it’s definitely shaped it, though I end up shooting more whenever I’m somewhere else.
Reading anything at the moment?
Delillo, Marilyn Robinson, rereading Run Rabbit Run, Low Life about the formation of New York. Kind of all over the place at the moment.
If you could pick any location in the world to shoot at, where would it be?
That’s tough, there is so much I haven’t seen. Antarctica?
How long have you gone without picking up a camera?
Probably a day or two? Sometimes I get burned out or uninspired but then walk by someone or something and reach for it and have massive regret for not carrying it.
It’s a Saturday night. Where can we find you?
Watching basketball somewhere.
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?
I really have no idea.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Email. Dog Park. Photo Lab. Too much screen time lately. The heat was getting to me.
What qualities do you look for in your subjects?
Presence. not being self conscious. allowing themselves to open up and be portrayed how they really are.
I’ve been lucky work for a bunch of super talented people that were really influential on me. Ryan Mcginley, Dan Martensen, Terry Richardson, Danielle Levitt.
Last thing you do before bed?
Check the ESPN app / silence group chat.
Photography: Eric Chakeen