We had the good fortune of connecting with Kiara and Ferdinand Gomez Glad Bak and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kiara and Ferdinand, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The test of time. Is the work we create going to be inspirational, meaningful, impactful, 10,20, 50+ years from now? You can still look at a Picasso painting or the photographs of Helmut Newton, listen to the lyrics of a Tom petty or Johnny Cash song, watch a David Lynch film, just to name a few of the greats, and still feel moved, curious or perhaps disturbed by these things. That to us is exciting. Not playing things safe, but taking artistic risks.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
“Gomez Glad Bak” was born from our love for storytelling — a way for us to express in front and behind the camera; we met at acting school in NYC, therefore you will also find us playing some of the characters in our work. We have a deep appreciation for film — it makes the subject/photo more timeless, and that’s what we’re playing with in our work. Our ideas don’t tend to have a set time or place. It could be a character from the 50’s or it could be a character from 2021. It mixes well with our ideas, so we shoot most of our projects with our super 8, pentax 67, and 35mm cameras. We also shoot digital for backup. One of our goals when we create images is that we want to make people dream (ourselves included). It could be something that isn’t easily digestible, or something that is mysterious. Something that’ll make you question and wonder what happened the moment before and after the image. All of that being said, it can be a challenge to work on commercial projects when the market is so “new/now/trending” but it always comes down to the images and letting them speak for themselves and to never be satisfied with anything we regard to as being mediocre. We’re really excited about two upcoming things: 1. Launching our new website & 2. Selling our prints on there.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m from New Jersey and Ferdinand is from Denmark so the landscape out here is drastically different for us and we LOVE it. One of our favorite things to do is take roadtrips to the many deserts, woods, mountains, and lakes this beautiful state has. We are especially inspired by old desert towns, abandoned, or still lively. They make us dream. So when family or friends visit, we always hit the road. Just being able to drive 2 hours outside of LA and be in a completely different landscape is still so incredible to experience. All the silence; the wondrous scenery. One of our favorite places to have a drink and listen to live music that we discovered on the road is Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We both want to dedicate our shoutout to our beautiful parents who have nurtured our artist since childhood. Parents have expectations for their kids and sometimes want them to be something they are not. That was never the case for us. We both knew what we wanted to do with our lives since the ages of 4 and 6 and always had full support from our parents.