As her project unfolds, the viewer is guided through the overlapping cycles of life and experiences that encompass the community. Weaving through the myriad of unique lives and experiences at Sun City, Kendrick brings the viewer into an intimate connection with her subjects. Picture to picture each image resonates with the viewer, leaving you to feel the full scope of emotions that parallel the up-and-down experiences of life… Blending the humorous with the mundane, going between unique moments of celebration and more quiet and reflective images, she is able to capture the full trajectory of the lives, experiences and landscapes that make up the community. It is this commitment that makes the work so successful. You are at once amused, touched, enchanted, and reflective in a way that is rare to feel from one body of work.
Jeffrey Teuton of Jen Bekman Projects, written for Brinson’s Houston Center for Photography Fellowship
It wouldn’t be difficult to make fun of old people cheerleading in sequined leotards.
But Kendrick Brinson‘s images of Sun City, Ariz., are not harsh.
Her nuanced, color-saturated photographs — many of which recall the work of Martin Parr — sometimes depict the absurd.
But even in a portrait of a couple dressed as Daisy and Donald Duck, her view is gentle. Through her lens, square-dance partners are evidently blushing like teenagers under their solemn mien, while another couple out on the dance floor is simply lost in the moment. There is intensity — even from afar — on a pool player’s face . Cheerleaders, in forest-green sparkly numbers, show grit as well as a sense of humor.
And often, Ms. Brinsons’ subjects are in on the joke. “They’re not taking themselves seriously,” she said.
What is most remarkable about Sun City, Ms. Brinson said, is its noteworthiness. “I’m just so fascinated by the idea that a place where seniors are active and learning new things — and tossing pompoms — should be such a revolutionary idea.”
Kristen Joy Watts, “Showcase: Too Busy for Leisure,” The New York Times Lens Blog
When Kendrick Brinson first heard of Sun City, a retirement community in Arizona that boasts a squad of senior-citizen cheerleaders, she knew she had to visit. Sun City, the first “planned active retirement community,” had its 50th anniversary on Jan. 1, 2010; Brinson made her first trip in December 2009. Six visits and 3½ years later, Brinson released Sun City: Life After Life, a limited-edition book designed by Deb Pang Davis that she envisions as a sort of “retro brochure” or visual guidebook to the community.
Alyssa Coppelman, “Senior Citizens Having the Time of Their Lives,” Slate
Buy the limited edition book Sun City: Life After Life HERE