Tell us a bit about your work, career, school, city, ideas, etc
I was really young when I first was introduced to photography. My father was a videographer, so I was always around that kind of medium. Photography for me was that one thing I felt I was actually good at and I loved to do. It just made me look at things differently. I took a couple film classes in high school but for the most part I’m self taught on all aspects of photography. Originally I just needed a job in my early 20’s and started working in the warehouse at Obey Clothing. After a year or two, being the kind of people they are, they saw my talent in photography and I sort of fell into the position…if that makes sense.
When did you first pick up a camera?
At the age of 4.
What is more important – Content or technique/equipment/etc?
Content and how I want things to be perceived. I look at things differently with my eye and that transcends into my work. I’m not a technical photographer. I never pose any subject or set up any backgrounds, I like to have everything candid and more of a photojournalism style.
Social media has turned everybody into a photographer of sorts, is that a good or bad thing?
It’s a good thing I think. I think certain things are fads. My whole life I’ve known friends who have purchased a new camera and said they’re a photographer now. It’s all about the passion, how much work you actually put into it and sticking to it.
When you go to shoot the final image of a completed mural what are some of the considerations you make to get the best possible shot? Anything you avoid?
Ha. I make sure to work every angle I can to bribe, sneak, pay or get to where the best straight/highest angle would be. I try to shoot the final shot in a couple ways – First, making sure its shot in the way the artist would want it to be: Colors, wide, cropped etc. Secondly, I put my spin on it and shoot photographs in a way I feel it gives an artistic stand point.
What is the scariest position you have put yourself in to get the best possible shot?
Anything up really high! – I’ve been in some pretty hectic spots and my slight fear of heights can be a challenge to shoot photos when I can barely stop shaking. They’ve all proven to be worth it but I try to focus on shooting and not the fact I’m 100 feet in the air.
What is at the top of your list in terms of a person/place/etc that you want to photograph?
I love to document everyday life. One big thing that drove me into photography was the idea that I can take a photograph and that it will live forever in some form. Being able to travel all over the world and document different cultures is really amazing. I have to say so far my favorite place would be Hong Kong – Extreme overload of photographic eye candy.
What is currently influencing you that might surprise people?
I like to listen to weird sh!tty music and trek around my neighborhood/wetlands and shoot nature stuff. Ha
Describe your work environment – Music, TV, Movies, things you drink/smoke, time of day etc
Mostly I’m in the office unless I’m out on a project. Majority of the travel we do is very grueling – Planes, trains and automobiles without sleep are one huge part of our environment. I find time when I can to soak in the sights, drink my bud lights and smoke my cigs – Which I have to quit both of those.
If you could choose only one, would you rather be thought of as a great artist or a nice person?
I would have to say a nice person. To me that’s more important.