British photographer Alasdair McLellan‘s first book dedicated to a single subject — and fifth book overall — centers around none other than Blondey McCoy. Titled Blondey 15-21, the work showcases photographs taken over a seven-year span, in addition to text by Jo-Ann Furniss.
“I first met Blondey in early 2013. He was really quiet when I first shot him; he was only 15,” says McLellan. “There are certain people you meet, male or female, who just have a power to them, you can put anything on them and they really carry it off—Blondey had that. I remember getting the pictures back—and he’s probably not going to be very flattered by this—and I thought he had something of a very young Shaun Ryder about him. The thing is, Blondey never looked soft.”
After meeting McCoy when he was 15, McLellan went on to photograph the skater, artist, and designer each year following. Blondey 15-21 spans 176 pages, featuring 150 photos of Blondey taken between the ages of 15 and 21.
“A lot has happened to Blondey since 2013. He is now 21 years old, on the cusp of turning 22—although, by his own admission, it feels more like 32,” adds Jo-Ann Furniss. “A weariness has crept into his demeanor. This replaced his earlier shyness. In between there has been drunkenness, obnoxiousness, coke bloat, fragility, vulnerability, charm, humorousness, imperiousness, kindness, intelligence, honesty —and sometimes all of the above, all at once.”
“He’s gone from Bambi to ennui, you can see it in his eyes; it’s all in the pictures,” she concludes.
The gallery above previews Blondey 15-21, which is due out in July. Limited to 2,000 copies, the book comes with a reversible dual-sided fold-out poster and a protective plastic cover with sticker. Order your copy here.