1. I live in Brooklyn but have spent the last month traveling around Israel and Palestine. It’s a completely different world over here and its full of great people to meet and crazy things to photograph.
2. I take pictures of whatever is front of me. I’m not a conceptual guy, I just shoot a lot and try to make sense of things later. The best thing I shot on this trip has to be the demonstration in Bel’in, a weekly demonstration against Israel that’s been going on in this small town in Palestine for over 6 years now. There are always lots of Palestinian kids throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers and the soldiers fight back with tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber bullets. It was my first time taking pictures in that sort of environment while it was unnerving at first to see some guy pointing an M-16 at me I ended up having a lot of fun taking pictures of the whole thing. I didn’t even mind getting a face full of tear gas…it suckedfor 5 minutes but it wire off quick and I went right back to where the action was to get more flicks.
3. I shoot 35mm mostly. On this trip my Leica has been getting the most use but Ive also been using a couple of point and shoots. I always thing its great when someone sees me working and they’re all like, “wow you are using a really old camera!” Just because digital photography has really taken over…but a lot if people still shoot film and I think its an easy way to set yourself apart these days. For example, there were dozens of people taking pictures at the demo in Bel’in but I was the only one shooting film that day. That’s important to note.
4. I went to school for photography and got a BA in studio art from a mediocre state university. I didn’t learn much there. The photo classes I took in high school were way more beneficial in that they really hot me stoked on photography un the first place. Since coming to New York worked in a photo studio and assisted a lot of professional photographers and have just gone out everyday with a camera and taken pictures…that’s the best way to learn really.
But I am going back to school for Photography in the fall. The ICP in Manhattan has a really good photojournalism and documentary program, so I’m going to be committed to that for the next year.
5. It’s hard to say what my influences are, I have favorite photographers whose work I really dig but I’m not sure how much it really effects what I end up shooting. My friends probably have the most direct impact in my work, it seems like they are all involved with great projects and seeing thembe creative and going for it really motivates me and my work.
6. I have no idea where life is taking me. In a few years I hope to be doing my thing, being creative, working in projects, making stuff and getting paid to do it all. That’s the goal right? Getting over with as little compromise as possible.
7. Photography Skateboarding, Bikes, Friends, Rad times, World Travel and Not getting shot makes me happy.
See more of his work at: WWW.Danzev.com
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