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 — 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.”


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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