Acid Priest is a documentary portrait series focusing on Artist, collector, Vivienne Westwood enthusiast and all round eccentric Lee Trosclair.
Words By Lee Kirby
"I met Lee back in 2013 when he was introduced to me very briefly at my old studio in my hometown, Norwich. Known for his extensive Vivienne Westwood collection, I decided that documenting his wardrobe would be a perfect place to begin my photo series. We started at his house where he lives with his identical twin Sid. Collecting all things Westwood since day one, Lee’s bounty is stacked like heaps of treasure at his semi-detached house Trosclair Acres in Gorleston, Norfolk.
Having never seen such an impeccably dressed hobo as my first encounter with Lee, I knew that there would be rare items that very few people would have seen in the flesh and had the opportunity to photograph. Every piece of clothing he owns has an anecdote, a moment or happening that Lee can remember. Whether it was the jacket, he brought the day his wife divorced him, the suit he got arrested in or the best story so far, the outfit he wore when up a tree high on acid playing air guitar to a crowd that consisted of a single Spaniel called Cilla.
Over the past year, I have been visiting Lee from time to time, drinking cider, eating chocolate muffins and taking a picture or two. Within this period the project has evolved into something that I still can’t quite describe in writing. It has moved beyond photographing Lee wearing great clothes into documenting his whole raison d'être.
With the sudden passing of my father two years ago my life took an unforeseeable shift in focus, looking after my family was and still is now of most importance. It’s hard to say this, but I feel that I have been blessed with another chance of a father figure with Lee. He’s my teacher, my friend and my idol, everything I lost has been rediscovered. Since our very first encounter, it felt like we'd known each other forever."
This project will continue to evolve over the next few years with plans to publish a photo book in 2017.
Photography Lee Kirby