What did you decide to shoot with your camera for this project?
I made sure to follow the instructions that came with the camera and used it to tell a story of my life over two months during the summer of 2016. I started with the Ed Ruscha opening at The Gagosian Gallery where I shot the legendary Jim Ganzer with his daughter and some friends. My buddy, Ben Lee Handler is also featured. He’s got such a cool job as the Gagosian’s librarian! From there, I shot a couple colorful friends like the Chilean pop star, Francisca Valenzuela and a camping trip with fellow Indoek photographer, Molly Steele, my buddy Jeff Thrope and musician Cory Hanson. The dark portraits in there are of Reverberation Radio’s, Wesley Harron and my friend Scotty, who I ride motorcycles with. Next up are some photos of FYF Fest here in LA. I shot the trailers of the bands, Air and Beach House; both were incredible live. My buddy Will, known to his fans as The Gaslamp Killer was stoked to pose for a shot and I snuck in a snap of The Black Madonna who set the dance floor on fire! Around town I grabbed a photo of Gareth from Café Stella’s restored G-Wagon and the façade of the Playboy/Slow Culture art opening. The final photos are from a trip to the island of Andros in Greece with my wife, Lettie. Her place is paradise and the last shot is a befitting farewell to the island complete with a film burn as we said goodbye to Andros and this project.
Did you have any interesting experiences along the way?
The camera was a conversation piece and it was fun to have some dialogue with the subjects as to why I was asking to shoot their photo with something they hadn’t seen in a long time. Outside of that, fun parties, interesting art, warm water, fresh wine, cliff jumps, laughs handshakes and hi-fives.
What was the biggest challenge (if any) you had with the project?
The flash stopped working a few frames in that affected two low-light shots I wish would have registered. I accidentally snapped a few frames in my pocket but I’m still happy I got 27 shots out of the damn thing!