November 30, 2010

i first met lessa at her and hayden‘s place in bushwick while visiting nico in new york. she made us a simple, delicious pasta dinner and we shared stories about camp and shitty jobs, a nostalgic conversation between recent friends. when they came to visit san francisco at the end of the summer, we ventured up north to harbin hot springs, a hippie soaking retreat where we lounged nude in the pools, explored the zen and vegetable gardens, and giggled in the tent in the morning sunbeams. on the drive back through the golden grasses of late-summer wine country, we discussed our futures, the next projects, decisions, ideas that would define our lives. tired of the hustle of new york, lessa seemed enthralled by the promise of the california lifestyle, something similar to her childhood growing up in spain- warmer, greener, closer to the water…

her astute observation and cinematic story-telling skills are instantly recognizable and admirable. professionally, she has worked on videos and animations for big names like mgmt, ge, dell, and diane von furstenberg. but her personal work opens sleepy eyes to nostalgic moments of life and light that most people tend to miss or ignore. when i asked her to be part of big things, she was so excited and supportive of the project. thanks, lessa, for the beautiful images, thoughtful words, kindness, and perfectly salted meals.

visit lessa’s website for more of her work, her blog for inspiration and tumblr for her doodles.

Name: Lessa Millet
: 26
: Barcelona, Spain

Where are you right now? Sitting on an incredibly uncomfortable chair in Soho, NY

What do you do? I’m a Director and Animator for commercials and music videos. I look at things, I think things, I make things.

Where are you going? Somewhere green. Somewhere blue. Maybe somewhere mine.

What will you be doing when you get there? Gathering small wood to start a fire.

How did you decide to go in this direction? I lived in a barn in Vermont for 2 months with no internet, no doors, and no running water. I didn’t have a car either, just a bike. I’ve never been happier in my life.

Do you have any expectations? Not really.

Are you excited? Nervous? Terrified? Thrilled? I’m just curious.

What are you looking forward to? The silence, having to re understand your day when there are no stores, no where to go, and no one to see. Being able to see stars at night.

What are you scared of? Not getting there.

What happens if it doesn’t work out? I try something else until it does.

What is the worst thing that could happen? I am forced to wait in line for the rest of eternity.

What is the best thing that could happen? It snows.

Did you ever think you’d be where you are now? Never.

Have you ever felt like this before? Usually before I embark on an adventure there is a feeling of melancholy and nostalgia mixed in with a profound feeling of freedom. When I was a kid my mom and I use to move around a lot, so I feel more myself when I’m moving.

What are you leaving behind? Tons of grey and loud noises.

What are you taking with you? My super 8, my girlfriend (if she wants to come), my favorite shirt, my compass and my grandfathers watch.

What will you miss? Going to the movies, eating Ramen soup and 4am dumplings.

What did your friends say when you told them? I haven’t told anyone.



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