Frank Ocean Created a Visual Essay for i-D Magazine

Frank Ocean, 2012
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Frank Ocean performs at Terminal 5 on July 26, 2012 in New York City. 

Frank Ocean is no stranger to visualizing his work if his video album, Endless, is any indication -- but he's taken his gift for photography to a new level by creating a visual essay for i-D.

The 32-page spread can be found in i-D’s The Sounding Off Issue, which also features an in-depth feature on Kendrick Lamar.

His artistic statement is a stream of consciousness essay, listing off behaviors like watching live television to feel less lonely, listening to a Tim Ferriss podcast onstage and not understanding “what's with campouts for Szechuan sauce at McDonalds.” When describing the inspiration behind his visual essay, he wrote, “As Karl Lagerfeld would say they 'came to me in a dream.'”

A veil of grain characterizes this mixture of images that feel both candid and staged, taken during the Blonde festival tour this summer. One of the most compelling images shows a model crowdsurfing in an interior hallway, behind a foreground that appears to be a cut-out of a barricaded crowd.

In a style befitting i-D’s focus on culture and fashion, Ocean’s photography blurs the line between fashion spread and intimate portraiture. You can see Ocean’s visual essay for i-D here.


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