It took time to build up the confidence to take pictures of people. I started out timid, shooting from the hip and hiding the camera. I hated that feeling - and the shots were terrible. But after a couple of weeks of studying and practicing in the city, it got easier.
I have observed a human behavior that changes at the beach. There is something different about how we interact with each other there, especially how couples interact. I am looking for something specific that just does not happen on the subway or in a park.
Living in Kansas was a hinderance at first, but being so separated from what I thought was the “place to be” in music pushed me to meet some people outside my sphere and get out of my comfort zone. The dynamic is so much different when you’re collaborating in person versus online. In person, picking up someone’s style, vibe, charisma, etc. is almost instantaneous.
There are still a few purists out there; those who consider the word “curator” to be earned rather than “assigned” by the quick shifts of social media algorithms or Twitter analytics.
I believe deep down we really want to be part of a strong community - trust each other and be kind to one another. But could I stand up for a stranger when someone is pointing the gun at my kid?
I wanted my first film to be somehow personal.
This is the third or fourth iteration. You watch an old music video now and literally I’m the only person in it that’s still in the band. On a personal level it’s kind of strange, but people are listening to the music..
I thought it was a great opportunity to elevate it: more cultured, richer, more inviting, more surprising. To make it more interesting, because these downtowns are dying as more people buy things on Amazon or go to the mall. But Downtown Hollywood is doing well, and I think it has something to do with the Mural Project.
I'll never forget the feeling of driving through the oil fields at night for the first time. It was like an otherworldly invasion with lights from oil rigs beaming in distant wheat fields and flames bursting out of the ground.