How did it start? Well, you know, much like everything else… A conversation was started over a part for a dune buggy that stemmed from the question of “who’s wife cut’s my sister-in-law’s hair?” This naturally eased into “damn it’s hot this summer”, which, in turn reminded a guy that a friend of his had this idea to “wait, I have a camera…” Or something like that.
And so, the planets aligned, the seed took root, and the ball started rolling…
I met Chris Lazar & Mike Bland at the Village Garage and we discussed a vintage “pin-up style” calendar for their garage. It sounded simple enough. I don’t generally shoot “pin-up,” so of course I instantly began thinking of how to have a little fun and add a “Dorn-Twist” to it. However, ideas grow and we soon found ourselves shooting on various locations throughout the EAV (East Atlanta Village). The scope and style also changed and this calendar really became something all it’s own as it began to reflect the personalities of the Village.
The East Atlanta Village is one of those unique little pockets in Atlanta where more than just the ‘cool kids’ hang out. It’s eclectic, transitional, different and sometimes-just weird. We’ve lived here for 8 years and absolutely love it. So we began getting involved setting up photo shoots and created something that captured the unique sense of this place.
We did some test shots at the Village Garage and added a few bartenders from The Glenwood. I was then able to build out and print a layout for Chris to use for raising support to produce the thing. We set up creative meetings with interested merchants, tossed out a few ideas, set a shoot date, then bang bang! Turn and burn gorilla style photography! Of course, postproduction took a while (easily 3-5 hours on each of the final images). I must admit, I loved having creative control over the images but perhaps I was a little over zealous with the editing. But I couldn’t let anything out that I didn’t feel had the appropriate amount of “Dorn” quality to it.
Art like a poem, is never truly finished, it’s simply abandoned.
Out take from the EVA 529 shoot.
The calendar hangs like a 12×18 art poster and offers a bit of everything: vintage cars, tattooed vixens, water balloons and the neighborhood vet. We were even able to print locally right here at the EAV Copy Center and we’re donating a portion of sales to Branan Towers retirement community! It’s sexy, it’s funny, it’s creepy, it’s cool, it’s tough, and it all comes together in a really awesome way. I’ve got say, we’re really proud of it.
We released the Village Calendar at the First Annual Village Roll, a classic car show put on by The Village Garage & Grease Monkey, which was held the night before the Strut. We then had a booth (the “Dorn-Buggy”) the following day at the EAV Strut where we sold several calendars. Incidentally, If you’ve never been to the Strut, plan on it next year, the parade is absolutely ridiculous! I have photos to prove it.
Scary time at the Strut Parade
The Parade brought The Force
Getting a little silly on one wheel. -Strut Parade