Photos by Jason Landis
The following photos come with an advisory warning.
If you’ve got a 9-5 job, just stop reading now. Don’t do it to yourself. Because what you’re about to see from American photographer Jason Landis’ new book, The White House, will evoke a heavy dose of nostalgia that’ll stay with you for the rest of the day. After looking at the snapshots below, you’ll be lost in memories of the golden years of your life, when beers were prioritised over bills, and work was nothing more than a necessary stepping stone till the next party. If you’ve got no idea what us wet rags are talking about, read on. We’ll just be over here crying over a box of old polaroids and mixtapes.
We asked Jason to give us the backstory behind his new photo book, and here’s what he had to say.
The White House was a house I would stay at when I was in San Francisco for work. The White House wasn’t really even a house at all, to be honest. It’s a miracle it existed: a three bedroom apartment, with room dividers, closet conversions and extra couches that made it a six-room apartment with a backyard, deck, and a parking lot converted into a skatepark next door. That kind of space is unheard of in San Francisco. The house was like a family heirloom being passed down from friend to friend as people moved in and out.
I really only knew two people that lived at the White House, but as I made more trips over the course of a year and a half, I became close with every single tenant. Everyone there was in a special time between adolescence and adulthood; graduating college, looking for ‘real jobs,’ or working random shifts in catering or bartending. There was a sense of freedom in that house. The only seemingly real responsibility in this brief period of time was making enough money for rent, deciding who was gonna move the skate box to the parking lot, and figuring out whose turn it was to get beer. My trips to the White House were a taste of freedom I’ll never forget… here’s a look inside.
Get a copy of The White House by heading over to Jason’s website here.