Where do you live?
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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