Kenny Spear + Dirty Rotten Threads

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Facebook can be an interesting thing.  People use it for all kinds of things – self-promotion, “stalking” someone you know, living vicariously, new updates, cat memes, you name it.  We have all been on it long enough and know someone who uses it for its unintended purpose.  Ironically, I found myself to be one of those people.  About two weeks ago, I saw Kenny’s profile picture and thought, “I need to collaborate with this guy.”  (Full disclosure: I knew his brother and we have mutual friends but have never crossed paths.) Luckily, Kenny was cool enough to see the potential collaboration and agree to it. Kenny Spear

Like myself, Kenny Spear is an artist.  He is multitalented – singer, guitarist, beatboxer, songwriter, actor – and is making a name for himself around the Detroit music scene.  He has singles on iTunes and followers on Vine.  The guy has got talent and the look to go with it.  What struck me about Kenny though wasn’t his talents, but his story.  After spending some time touring around Detroit, we took a fateful ride on the People Mover where he opened up about why Detroit means so much to him.  His story is moving.

Next week, Kenny will be sitting for my first official installment of my personal project “Conversations,” where people who interest and inspire me sit for a session.  Part photography.  Part storytelling.  I don’t know where the session will go; it is just an unscripted conversation with photos and lessons as a result.  Until then, here are some promo shots we took of Kenny and Dirty Rotten Threads, a local clothing company looking to carpet men’s fashion.

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