Riding freight trains and skateboarding with Brad Westcott

Where do you live?
Tempe, Arizona

What do you take pictures of?
I never really liked the idea of “going out to take pictures”. I think it’s pretty easy to discriminate between photos that have captured a true moment and those that are somewhat posed. For me there’s something really special about the candid moments a photo can capture. I really just take my camera along wherever I go and my photos are a product of that.

What kind of camera do you use?
I’m a point and shoot fanatic. Olympus XA, Yashica T-4, Olympus Stylus Epic, and a Bronica S-QA.
Are you formally trained in photography?
I took classes all through high school which taught me a great deal about darkroom techniques. Other than that, it was all trail and error on my part.

What are your influences?
I’m heavily influenced by the railroad. It has a really rich history. I’m inspired by people who ride trains, and graffiti and moniker artists who paint trains. I enjoy the anonymous aspect of freight train graffiti. Even though a certain moniker is so familiar to me, I still may have no idea who is doing it or where it is coming from. Also, nothing is constant with freight graffiti. Trains roll out the morning after something is painted and then it’s on the other side of the country by the end of the week. It’s a moving art gallery that accumulates artists over time as it moves. For some reason the railroad just has a powerful pull on me.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hopefully living with my friends somewhere further west than I am right now, with a good skate park, good restaurants, and a few good train yards close by.

What makes you happy?
Shooting photos, pizza, exchanging mail with other like minded individuals, skateboarding, pizza, making mixtapes, riding trains, freight train graffiti and monikers, eating good food, Abner Jay, making zines, going on skate trips, did I already say pizza?

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Photographs by George

Where do you live?
Currently living in San Francisco, California.

What do you take pictures of?
Moments in time that I feel have value. Most of my photography is taken on an impulse, hastily trying to capture something that I have an immediate connection with. I like to be reactionary, and not put too much thought into the picture. That’s what keeps it exciting for me.

What kind of camera do you use?
I’m a little all over the place with cameras, but recently I’ve stuck with a Canon AE-1 and Olympus Stylus Epic. I like to keep it simple since my favorite moments tend to unfold when I’m not prepared.

Are you formally trained in photography?
No, I took a semester of b+w film photography when I was in 10th grade, but all I really learned was that darkrooms make awesome hangout spots.

What are your influences?
“Public Square” by Japanther, Shit Eatin’ Grin zine, Miles Davis, “She is Beyond Good and Evil” by The Pop Group, Sun Ra, “Scavenger” by Black Dice, “Darla Come Down From Jackson” by Charlie McAlister, Permanent Ink Press, telepathy, photocopies, hand-painted signage, typography, vandalism/in its respective forms, “Shaking Hand” by Women, mean streaks, bucket paint, “In My Eyes” by Minor Threat, abandoned buildings, found photos, The American Railroad System, train monikers, “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up” by Tom Waits, found mix tapes, colored sticker paper, “Debora” by T.Rex, vintage paper, zines, punk ideology, growing up on the east coast/South Carolina, anything that feels real.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
Somewhere, being passionate about something, hopefully surrounded by other like-minded people. Searching for something real, and somehow paying the bills.

What makes you happy?
Feeling understood, feeling alive, making a connection with people, some of the times in my life where my heart was in my throat are the most cherished moments. I want more of those. People never giving up, and never giving in.

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Austin Durant photographer sort of!!! More of an urban misfit


Where do you live?
Santa Ana, California

What do you take pictures of?
anything and everything… organic moments.

What kind of camera do you use?
Canon AE-1 or random point-and-shoots. I just found an Olympus Stylus Epic at a thrift store for 8 bucks.

What are your influences?
As far as photographers go… Boogie, Larry Clark, Peter Sutherland, Ed Templeton, and my friend Ross Farrar. I am also influenced by punk and hardcore, youthfullness, zines, ghettos, gang tagging/graffiti in general, buffed walls, hand made signs….urban areas.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
Still taking pictures, putting out zines, doing lots of photo shit.

What makes you happy?
I don’t know… good times, shoplifting, and enjoying my youth.

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Andre Vautour Photographer

Where do you live?
Toronto

What do you take pictures of?
Everything, very plain/simple things, and anything unusual.

What kind of camera do you use?
Canon G11, G12, Olympus Stylus, Canon Sureshot Owl

What are your influences?
William Eggleston, Bryan Sheffield, Ryan McGinley

Where do you see yourself in five years?
I’d like to be running a small photography gallery with a few other people and doing some photography work.

What makes you happy?
Taking photos, riding bikes, wandering around, driving, traveling, day trips.

Check out his website

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