Richard Perkins has been one of VA’s most recognized photographers for a minute now…not bad for a 24-yr-old self-styled eccentric.
Article by George Booker
Portrait of Perkins by Joshua Fitzwater www.facebook.com/fitzwaterphotography
His work has been sprinkled in eclectic publications/sites such as Vice, Frank 151, Lodown mag, RVA mag, Hamburger Eyes, Front mag, and Blood of The Young. The best look through his eyes remains his Tumblr home, Parachute Full of Forks.
“Parachute Full of Forks is my baby and my diary” explains Perkins: “I can post my whole life on there so the world can see what’s happening in VA or what’s happening on my travels.”
Up since 2009, PFOF is an indispensible peek into the comings and goings of young, creative, scumbag VA. Since I became aware of his work, Perkins recalled the catalog of the great Larry Clark for me. It isn’t hard to draw a line from the Tulsa fuck-ups of Clark’s day to current 757 shenanigans. The influence is actual as it turns out.
“[…] I dig Larry Clark, no photographer my age doesn’t. We have all watched Kids and had our mind blown […]. Ken Park was one of my favorites that he did. […] I just the love the absolute realness and voyeurism in it.” says Perkins about the master.
Like Clark, Perkins is taking steps to expand his photographic chronicles to a cinematic realm. His passion is clear:
“Ever since high school when we all had to stand up in front of the class and introduce ourselves I said ‘Hello , I’m Richard Perkins and I wanna be a movie director.’ Film has always been a part of my life, my mom used to buy me every Disney movie when it came out on VHS so I had a whole collection of masterpieces to look at and look up too. Also when I was a kid my parents had an old VHS camera, so when I got older I would watch the home movies from the 90’s. VHS is my JAM, my Godsend, my hopes and dreams of looking into the future but at the same keeping it in the past.”
In addition to shorts such as Magick Margaritasville and the upcoming Maul Rats, Perkins has his visual fingers on videos for artists including Suburban Living, Fam-Lay, Ikagura, and Lil Internet, collaborating with peers such as Illusive Media’s Shomi Patwari, Robbie Graves, and John Vitale.
For more on Richard Perkins and his work visit: www.parachutefullofforks.com
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