I’ve know Amanda Lopez for years and she’s hands down one of my favorite photographers – I love her photos and I love working with her. She brings a warmth and calm to everyone in front of the camera and captures beautiful moments. Though she’s usually behind the lens, there’s one instance when she’s front and center – well, at least her feet are! Amanda Lopez has worked on a series called True Story which documents her life and travels all with her Vans checkerboard slip-ons. With so many images to work with, Amanda has now devoted an online space for the Vans True Story images on her website. For the launch of the site I sat down to chat with Amanda about her True Story…
When did you start taking these photos?
I started when I was in college. One summer I wanted to learn to skate board but was unsuccessful so instead I sat down to watch my friends skate. I happened to be wearing my checkerboard Vans and started to snap some shots. That summer the series was born.
Why checkered vans? how many pairs have you gone through? or is it the same pair?
I’ve gone through probably 6 pairs of shoes. Once they get funky, I throw them out. I wanted the pictures to look cohesive so I decided that I would use Vans that were in pretty good shape. I chose to use the checkerboard Vans because they have a graphic quality to them that I thought lend it self well to colorful, interesting, backdrops.
How many images in your series?
I’ve worked on this series for quite some time so I probably have around 100+ images.
Favorite places you took photos?
My favorite place I’ve taken photos would have to be Paris. Paris has so many iconic locations that I was really excited to see and document through the perspective of my shoes. My favorite shot from the series at the moment is a photo I shot of some pigeons eating in front of Notre Dame. It was a tricky shot to get but worth the time it took to shoot it.
What place do you want to visit that you haven’t had the chance yet?
I feel like this is a series I could work on for a long time because there are so many places in the world I’d like to visit. The Pyramids in Egypt, Machu Picchu in Peru and the Leaning tower of Pisa in Italy, and The Parthenon in Greece. One day
Thanks Amanda! Can’t wait to see more from your Vans adventures!
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