Prior to residing in New York, I would stay at The Gramercy Park Hotel (pre-Julian Schnabels refurb!) for long stints whilst working on photo shoots and loved to wander this old-fashioned leafy pocket of NYC. Even though I didn’t have a key to the park (still desperately want one!) I would peer in the huge first floor parlour windows of the brown stones that line it - many of them are old members clubs and you could see people milling, scheming & conspiring - I wanted to create a ‘society’ where people of the same ilk could come & go, exchange ideas, experiment & toss around crazy ideas, more imaginarium than brownstone, forever changing & never finished, full of magic & fantasy.
My love of history, particularly the year 1856, The Royal Society & its ‘experimental gentlemen’ are key in the concept of The Society inc. They include some of my favourite historical figures: Charles Darwin, Joseph Banks, William Dampier, John Bartram & Peter Collinson, who were either members or were desperate to be members!
At The Society inc you do not have to be independently wealthy or be a gentleman, our membership is free & everyone is invited - it’s BYO ideas, outlandish as possible please, however you do have to adhere to The Royal Society’s motto ‘Nullius in verba’ meaning ‘take nobody’s word for it’.