In the annals of art history there have been a slew of great romantic collaborations – from Salvador Dali and Gala, Frida and Rivera, Lee Miller and Man Ray and more. Something about art and love brings out the muse. Now, Brooklyn based photographer Billy Kidd and his girlfriend haute milliner Heather Huey have joined forces for a collaborative photographic project called Billy Kidd Shot Heather Huey, which will see its premier at Clic Gallery in New York as part of Fashion Night Out. The series features a series of deep, erotically imbued black and white photographs by Kidd of Huey in some of her creations which include body cages, hats, and other accessories. In the following interview I got a chance to ask Billy and Heather a few questions about art, their relationship, and the their current project. See interview and more photos after the jump.
PAS UN AUTRE: Billy, you kind of grew up on the road right? When did you first discover photography?
BILLY KIDD: I didn’t find photography until I was much older, around 27 years of age. It had nothing to do with moving so much as it had to do with my obsession with lines and symmetry.
AUTRE: Can you remember the first image you ever took?
KIDD: My first image wasn’t too long ago. It was horrible.
AUTRE: Heather, what brought you to millinery?
HEATHER HEUY: I’ve been an avid collector of vintage hats for years, but it was nothing more than a hobby. I never would have considered it a career option if my sister (a sophomore at the Fashion Institute of Technology at the time) hadn’t suggested I take millinery classes and learn how to make my own hats.
AUTRE: Can you describe the craziest piece you ever made?
HUEY: That’s hard to say, but I would say any of my wire body cages would qualify.
AUTRE: Can you tell us the story of how you two met?
HUEY: We heard about each other through mutual stylists. And after several months we finally met in person. Several months after that meeting, we started dating after Billy hounded me via email to get drinks with him. And we’ve been together for 2 years now.
AUTRE: In the description of the current collaboration it says you are “lovers and creative partners” – sounds complicated – do creative differences ever get in the way?
HUEY: Yes, of course. Even though we share a similar aesthetics, we knew we wouldn’t agree on everything. But we respected each other enough to talk it through until we were both comfortable and that made our project that much stronger.
AUTRE: Heather, how would you describe your creations?
HUEY: Minimal and impactful.
AUTRE: What brought you two to this current collaboration?
KIDD: We had always admired each other’s work so when we started dating it was a natural progression to want to create something together and the project slowly evolved over the last year as we became more involved.
AUTRE: Billy and Heather, what are some your major inspirations behind this project?
KIDD: My biggest inspiration is the female body.
HUEY: My cages have been around for several years now and been fortunate enough to be photographed by people like Steven Meisel, Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Mariano Vivanco, and Ellen von Unwerth. But this project gave me the unique opportunity for my cages to be photographed as a collective by someone I love in a truly collaborative way. I also had the opportunity to inhabit my work rather than just be the creator of it. That was a very enlightening experience.
AUTRE: Whats next?
KIDD: Portraits of dead flowers.
HUEY: Continuing to experiment with shapes and materials.
Billy Kidd and Heather Huey’s exhibition Billy Kidd Shot Heather Huey opens tonight and will run until September 30, at Clic Gallery, 255 Centre Street, NY. Text by Oliver Maxwell Kupper for Pas Un Autre.