Unless you keep up with the latest news in photography, you’ve probably never heard of Olivia Locher–but you should. The 26-year-old photographer, whose first photo book is coming out this September called “I Fought the Law” (gotta love the chutzpah with this one), sounds incredible.
The book focuses on laws. The 50 photos in the book, one for each state, interpret some of the laws still in place. What results is surreal, Warholian-esque pop culture infused photos that poke fun at some of the weirdest things still on the books (like, in Connecticut, pickles must bounce to be considered pickles. Weird!)
She told Vogue why she became obsessed with fake laws:
“Some laws that are still in existence are important in some way. Massachusetts says you can’t take up-the-skirt photos. But there are some that are just totally random, like you can’t disguise a bird to look like a parakeet. That’s just weird. I found that it’s really expensive to remove a law, so sometimes the mundane ones just stay in effect. For the laws that are myths, you wonder, Why did someone make that up and why did it go viral?”
Here are some of the images from her Instagram, some appearing in her book (which is so cool and definitely warrants being checked out in the few minutes you’re actually free):
Since it’s #nationalicecreamday I feel strangely obligated to post this. Here it is full frame. Outside a Pennsylvanian ice-cream stand with only natural light, a huge canvas I painted over (held by my Mom), and an uninvited audience of ice cream customers. @jackiethornton put this ice cream cone in her back pocket and I shot photos of it melting. Afterwards we all treated ourselves to ice cream. -2013