An outside observer watching for moments to capture, eyes forever wide and soul forever searching. Part nomad, part gypsy, bohemian. Sounds like a load of boring cliches yet I can say I know Luke Abby as much as someone can know someone and have shared many adventures and collaborated on ideas as well as several tête-à-tête about art, life and love. Yet his work continues to surprise me. I catch up with Luke just before his show.
In conversation with Luke Abby 24/3/14
You've been documenting the world around you for years yet this is the first time you've exhibited, why now?
To be completely honest it comes down to my own sanity. I needed to share what i have done in a serious light and i've always known an exhibit organised by myself and some friends is the best way to do that. Im always documenting my life and take so many photos of places i travel, people i meet and i'm always waiting for the right time to share them. I could die tomorrow.
Your first solo show is called Characters, what's it all about?
Characters is simply the people who have been involved in my life one way or another. Some i know some i hardly know. I always feel as though i am watching my life as if it were a film and all of these people were characters in it.
What do you believe led you to choose NYC as the location for your first solo show ?
I was in NYC when i was in the position to put a show on. Im hoping to do the next one in Berlin.
What does photography mean to you?
Truth, desire and hope.
Anyone can take a photo nowadays but for me its about the connection with the subject and the experience around the images.
How do you go about choosing the characters that feature in characters?
This part is very hard, i'm actually in Miami right now in my hotel trying to put the 14 images together 3 days before the show.
From what I've seen you carry a camera as much as possible and document all you can document, do you not get scared that if you capture the moment you can't be lost to the moment and will largely remain an observer?
I think we are all observers of one or another, anyway subconsciously. I just record it to remember.