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VNDL:  Describe your work/process?

EC:  A lot of my work comes from roaming, both mentally and physically. My first photo job and experience was doing a ryan Mcginley road trip and that influenced me to want to constantly be moving and seeing new things in order to stay inspired.    Photography provides me an excuse and a buffer to be disengaged while still consuming as much as possible.



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What have you been up to recently? (trips, projects, work?)

I’m laying out a book currently of my personal work and also making a zine from some of my uncles letters and notes he’s written over the years.

I travel a lot for work, this month London and Rome.  Happy to get away from NYC cold.



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Favorite Camera?  (weapon of choice)

Contax t3, t2 and g2. All tied.


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Favorite Quote

“what matters most is how well you walk through the fire”  – Bukowksi

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Advice to other creative’s/aspiring artists

I’m in no place to give advice


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What are you currently listening to/reading/ watching?

King krule and Burial.  Reading “the drop edge of yonder”- Wurlitzer. Watching as many NBA games as I can.



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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Ideally playing professional basketball for the Los Angeles lakers but if that doesn’t work out..

Taking pictures and directing films.  Probably living in a warmer climate.

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Who is or where does your inspiration come from? Any emerging artists to watch out for?

Inspiration comes from all over the place, i try to read a book a week and watch as many films as possible so I am kinda constantly going through different phases and inspirations.  My friend Rafael Rios, he and I are making a book/zine together now.

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Eric Chakeen is a photographer in NYC


Instagram @echakeen





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