Julian Lennon: I am a camera

 

While most of today's holiday travelers are feeling the strain, Julian Lennon welcomes it. TSA patdowns, be darned. The 47-year-old musician -- and son of late Beatles legend John Lennon -- lo...

While most of today's holiday travelers are feeling the strain, Julian Lennon welcomes it. TSA patdowns, be darned.

The 47-year-old musician -- and son of late Beatles legend John Lennon -- loves to fly. It inspired his latest career venture, photography.

``I don't really sleep a lot on planes,'' explains Lennon, who will be exhibiting his collection of works during Art Basel. ``While everyone is slumbering away, I tend to sit and stare out the window at the beauty and the wonder of the world.''

It's the native Liverpoolian's way of de-stressing.

``I really found those moments Zen-like, when I just float away,'' he says, sounding just like his famous father. ``I see an incredible amount of beauty up there. And these days, with 24-hour chaos, it's a rarity that you actually find a few hours of peace and quiet.''

So expect to see a good sum of clouds and landscapes in the exhibit, as well as rockin' backstage shots of U2 and John's younger son, Sean Lennon, who is also a musician.

There's no bad blood there, despite the fact that the slain icon left Julian's mother Cynthia Powell for Sean's mother, Yoko Ono.

``Sean has got at least five or 10 projects going on at once,'' Lennon marvels of his half-brother. ``My God, the boy doesn't stop. He's working as much if not more than I used to when I really put the pedal to the metal.''

The two may collaborate one day.

``We're both moving forward and enjoying life as much as we can,'' said Lennon, whose premiere album, which included the hit Too Late for Goodbyes, was nominated for a Grammy in 1985. ``We're both in a good place. When the time is right, we'll do something.''

In the meantime, Julian is all about his latest endeavor.

``I love not only the taking of the pictures but the editing process too,'' he says. ``That's when you can define the photography a little more -- just cropping in a slightly more appropriate way can show an image or an angle better. It's almost like a blank canvas.''

His work is also getting him back to Miami after a nearly 20-year hiatus.

``I've heard it's changed a little bit,'' he chuckles. ``I'm just as intrigued as anybody else to see what's going on at Art Basel. I need a tour guide!''

No problem. Lennon, who is single, will always have admirers. Comes with the territory -- and the genes.

``You get the occasional odd look from shy people who are too nervous to approach,'' he says of fans' reception to him. ``Oftentimes, you get a hello or a nod or a `I love your work.' And of course, `I love the Beatles' and `I love your Dad.' For the most part, it's all positive.''

-- MADELEINE MARR

Timeless runs noon to 10 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday at the Arsht Center. Lennon's photos also can be seen at the SCOPE Miami Art Show, Tuesday-Sunday.

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