I now have some prints for sale. I choose all of these photos because I love them and the memories attached to them. pick something up!
GAS RAG - Black Flame Collective July 20th, 2014
I’ve got a lot of new followers in the last few months and I’ve been wanting to write something for a while because I never post my opinions on anything here. I appreciate the love and although I don’t understand why people like my shit sometimes, that’s cool. it’s all appreciated. taking photos is really one of the most fun and expressive hobbies I’ve ever picked up. I don’t give a shit about technique. criticism and social circles. I like having fun. life is way to short to sweat all this “art” shit. art is completely open for interpretation. it’s different to every viewer, just like music and film. equipment can only do so much. I see it as being able to get things done more quickly and efficiently but your equipment does not dictate whether a picture is “good”. you decide that. the most common question I see written on my own page and so many friends is “what kind of camera do you use” and straight up, I’m not trying to diss anyone and equipment talk is cool but your composition and what you’re actually trying to capture is what will make a decent photo. I’ve never taken single day of “photography” school (and I’m sure that shows) and I’m not sure if I ever want to. I see a lot of photo related things on the internet that really are quiet frankly not just stupid, but completely dull and void of any sort of feeling or expression. don’t get caught up on trends or the newest gear that you think you need to own. HAVE FUN. I see taking photos as an opportunity to look at simple details in everyday life and try to make them cool. whatever catches my eye. I’ve been paid for a number of things I’ve done photo wise but I pretty much never refer to myself as a photographer. I don’t really feel like the label is completely necessary. to some very established people (and some my friends) I feel are completely deserving and have worked their asses off to create images that make them happy that deserve that title. let’s get this straight, there is a very large difference between influence and idea sharing then biting and completely rehashing the same old shit. as I’m reaching my now late 20’s I realize that this is a problem in so many art circles. majority of people I know (myself included, greatly) hate their fucking jobs, growing up, paying bills and grinding through the week. so why the fuck do people need to constantly put everything in a box and label it correctly? I get to pick up my cameras and really enjoy taking photos merely a few times a month. time is so insanely valuable. it’s the only thing we can’t get back. I see every opportunity to take a photo as time well spent and enjoy doing it because it makes me forget about the bills I owe. my shitty job and my own mental instability. I don’t know if anyone is going to read this or give a shit but if you take one thing serious from this, I would like it to be: have fun. life is 99% dogshit and 1% doing things that make us happy. don’t waste your time on bullshit criticism or conforming to trends. maybe that’s something punk and hardcore taught me, or maybe it’s getting older. regardless. time is precious. take a photo and shut the fuck up, but it’s all love. peace.