Alex and Corey Larrison have been an important part of documenting the evolution of People’s Liberty and our Project Grantees. It all started one hot August day at the #WWYD100K event, when Alex Larrison’s co-worker offered her and her husband an opportunity to cover the event. They did so willingly even though they had no clue what People’s Liberty was. Since then, the Larrisons have helped our little team document the projects of 16 grantees within the past two years. With so much time spent on the field watching, documenting and interviewing, they have a unique opportunity to see things that most people don't. Here’s what they have to say about their experience with PL thus far:
What was your favorite project to cover?
Corey: I’m a physics teacher so SPACE WALK—a full scale model of the solar system—was closest to my heart. The best part was interviewing Josiah Wolf because I got to understand why he choose to do that project and a little bit of the backstory. It actually motivated me to find fun stuff that will actually help my student learn in class.
Alex: Let’s Dance Academy was so adorable and awesome. The kids got so dressed up, and after 10 weeks of learning how to dance it was amazing to see the improvement.Since they were allowed to keep their dancing shoes, you could actually see the money going to a tangible thing that made the kids lives a little bit better.
Has following the project grantees impacted your work as photographers?
Alex: A lot of what we do is a wedding photography and commercials so it’s fun to do something different with our skills that reflect something in the community. It isn't this orchestrated thing, it’s someone’s passions and that more interesting and realistic to me.
Corey: We get to have a lot of fun with these videos because we do a lot of weddings which is something we both like to do. But, working on video for People’s Liberty is really cool, it isn't this orchestrated event where everyone has done some version of it. It’s this crazy wild thing where you have to look at this whole process and make something out of it. For me, the People’s Liberty project that we do is the closest thing for me to making skate videos as a teen. It’s very free form where you just take some songs and piece together six months of experiences for someone to see it in a way that’s exciting to them.
Alex and Corey Larrison are currently documenting eight individuals who received the Project Grant, to keep up with their amazing work check out our Vimeo account or their website. Maybe one day, they’ll be among one of the grantees, doing their own project.