The Little Blue House

4 May 2020

Photography Amber McKee
Fashion Leo Plass
Words Emma Russell
Grooming France Pierson
Featuring Zeke and Max White

As the dusk light dims above the battered blue timber house where brothers Zeke and Max sit on a dusty stoop, there’s a line from Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road that resonates. “LA is the loneliest and most brutal of American cities” it says, which somehow feels infinitely true and completely wrong at the same time.

It’s true that the heat is dry here, the air stagnant, and voices appear to scream. Colours are muted, as if life itself has been sucked from them, as the sky fades into darkness. And yet, there’s a rawness, a wild freedom to this reality. The boys are able to enjoy being kids (like we were able to before being silenced by our devices), in the best sense of the word.

Their dad Thor, owns a hauling and junk removal company called Sons of Odin - named after the Nordic god of wisdom, poetry, death, divination, and magic - which means their home is filled with treasures that had previously been thrown out by others. In the attic upstairs, skulls lay around, there are insects in glass boxes, a punching bag, several TRX's hanging from the rafters and oversized pillows to jump onto from the loft above. While, Zeke's small room is also home to a rat, snake and tarantula, and lots of cockroaches to feed to them.

Dressed by stylist Leo Plass in earthy tones, denim and plaid, peppered with grunge accents - Dr Martens and mesh tops - there’s an all-American feel to this afternoon. Acid washed jeans mirror the sun-washed house and tie-dye tops blend with boulders, dirty carpets, exposed wood floors and graffitied fences. A snake slips it’s way around the boys’ necks, while a dog sleeps beside them. Everything seems to have stopped, and time itself stands completely still.

Pale faces, freckles and dark hair. 10-year-old Max wears his short and straight, whilst the head that is full, long and curly belongs to Zeke, 14. They bask in the dim hue of early evening, a shared look of longing is captured in their dark eyes. The brothers, first photographed by Amber McKee three years ago, are now sitting, swinging, squatting beside each other in silence. Boisterous disruptions of brotherly love oscillate with unpredictability, sometimes wiggling free as laughter. There's something in the air that draws Amber to return to the little boys in the little blue house. The brothers she never quite had growing up.


Above: Max and Zeke wear Shirts by Dries Van Noten


Above: Max wears Shirt by Deveaux and Zeke wears Shirt by Acne Studios


Above Left: Outfit as Before
Above Right: Max wears Shirt by Zadig & Voltaire and Shorts by Acne Studios, Zeke wears Shirt by Dries Van Noten and Trousers by Balenciaga


Above: Zeke wears Shirt and Trousers by Acne Studios and Max wears Shirt by Deveaux and Trousers by Homme Plissé Issey Miyake

Crop Brothers3cropped

Above Left: Max wears Trousers by Homme Plissé Issey Miyake and Shoes by Clarks
Above Right: Outfit as Before

Crop Brothers1cropped

Above Left: Outfit as Before
Above Right: Zeke wears T-Shirt by Our Legacy


Above Left: Zeke wears Shirt and Trousers by Acne Studios and Shoes by Dr. Martens
Above Right: Outfit as Before


Above Left: Max wears Jumper by Acne Studios, Jeans by DL1961 and Shoes by Clarks, Zeke wears Shirt by Sies Marjan, T-Shirt and Trousers by Our Legacy and Shoes by Astorflex
Above Right: Max wears Shirt by Our Legacy, T-Shirt by Zadig & Voltaire, Jeans by Joe's and Shoes by Dr. Martens


Above Left: Zeke wears Jacket by Acne Studios, T-shirt by Calvin Klein, Jeans by Michael Kors and Shoes by Astorflex

Follow us on Instagram @boysbygirls