Joey L. has been a household name in the photography industry for many years now. Whether it be through his captivating personal work or world-class commercial work, he has carved out a niche for himself in the industry that makes him one of the most sought after working photographers today. Ever since his early days photographing his friends' bands, Joey L. has used his capital to reinvest in his craft through his personal work, but in 2013, he launched a Kickstarter to help fund his typically ambitious film project "People of the Delta."
After getting the production done and having it shared at 10 film festivals all around the world, Joey has launched it on his blog for everyone to see. Including details of his experiences and three behind the scenes clips, this blog makes for a great couple of hours viewing. The film includes all the elements of Joey's still photography: a high-production visual style with slow, genuine, and deliberate character use.
However, its authentic nature is what really makes the film something special and links it to Joey's other work. At no point does it feel contrived, which is impressive considering no professional actors were used and scripted scenes were combined with real-life scenes to put the final product together. My big takeaway from the film and listening to Joey speak was that building those relationships is vital. By understanding people and learning about them, Joey was able to get them comfortable around him and allow them to be themselves in front of the camera.
I have posted the film above. However, to get the full story, head over to Joey's blog and watch the other clips to really understand the weight of this journey for both Joey and the people he worked with.