Little Lamb is the creative brainchild of model Ryan Lagasse and photographer Giovanni Jance. Their works are shared via social media in short series aimed at showing that, in a digital content-driven era, a woman can own her image.
Tell us a little bit about the Little Lamb creative collaboration and how the idea first came about.
@__littlelamb is a creative outlet for Ryan and Giovanni, a series of photographs created to exist on social media and more specifically on Instagram. Our first session was done in our studio simply as a screen test of sorts. Then we began the conversation about what the purpose of the photographs was to be, while also thinking about Ryan as a 21st Century muse; a woman who can inspire, while also owning her image.
Is there an overall common thread or theme linking the works (other than photographer and subject)?
Ryan: For me, it’s all about the relationship and dynamic I have with the person behind the lens. That relationship strongly influences the pictures that result. Little Lamb consistently creates extremely powerful and provoking images. That being said, the biggest common thread for me is the dynamic between myself and Giovanni. The pictures wouldn’t be what they are without it.
Giovanni: I am interested in two overarching themes the first being the role of this woman in a series of photographs, and her active engagement with the viewer. The ‘owning’ of ones image and the distribution of such via social media. Understanding that, as a woman, one is often seen as object, and engaging in that dynamic. We are interested in participating in the dialogue around the many characters in venues such as Instagram, both male and female that spend a massive amount of time and effort to cultivate narrative. Secondly, we are interested in different types of mapping systems. One of them being the landscape photograph, so we make an effort to bring the environment into the conversation; we like to think of this as a kind of spatial-temporal travel fiction.
Is each series meticulously planned or do you rely more on a sense of spontaneity and a common understanding of what you are both trying to achieve?
Ryan: At the beginning, it was more of an experimental thing. We were getting to know each other’s aesthetic and preference and so, I think, that allowed us to be open to a very loose structure and kind of just seeing where our creativity and natural pulls took us. In recent shoots, there has definitely been a more conscious plan of location and wardrobe. The beauty of Little Lamb, though, is that we never really put pressure on what the feeling or mood of the current series should be… in that way it is a very real and natural encapsulation of the exact moment we are in.
Giovanni: ‘Meticulous’ is a subjective word. Locations are often based on where work takes us. Many of the images are taken while on assignment for clients who contract us for services not as photographer/model. The photographs are created during our down time for said clients. There is, however, an awareness to costume that we discuss beforehand and, for the sake of ease, we mostly abide by a rule of not applying make-up. Ryan is always Ryan.
Where do you see the collaboration going next?
Giovanni: Continue to follow us and you will see. If we told you, you wouldn’t have any fun.
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All images copyright Giovanni Jance/Ryan Lagasse (Little Lamb).