A new (to me) Mamiya 7 is en route to my house. Can’t wait to run some film through it. I feel so very fortunate that my job allows me to save enough “disposable” income to support buying cameras I never dreamt of being able to afford.
Forever thankful, and a big motivation to keep working as hard as I can, every single day.
Im visiting SF this week and checking out the mission district for the first time. Would you recommend any cool photo spots around to shoot film?
I totally missed this and you’ve probably already left! But, in case you haven’t or for future, my favorite thing to do is walk around all the small streets in the mission. The way the light bounces off different buildings, windows, and textures makes for really cool photos.
Who are your favorite skateboarders?
80s Jose, Christian, Benny, Pitts, Grungy Mike, Oscar, Fernando, Dylan, Jason. The list goes on.
And, if you hadn’t already guessed, those are the names of my friends that come out and skate every week and get me amped every day. Doesn’t matter if we’re skating a curb, an epic park, or just pushing downtown. Always stoked to see one of my friends skate.
You've got the best style. Where do you get a lot of your clothes?
Ah, thanks! I try and keep things simple and stick to monochrome colors, and find most of it from the below businesses.
Maas & Stacks
How many hours of sleep do you get per night if you always wake up early?
At the least, 4-5, and at my best, 7-8. I’m someone who needs a decent amount of sleep and envy people that are able to keep it going with only 3 hours a night.
Could you reccomend a (reasonably priced) camera strap for shooting with a film camera? I've been looking for one for ages and can't seem to find a decent one that's reasonably priced.
This is the one I would get! I’ve had it all year and it hasn’t failed me yet.
What do you recommend for a high school senior to do to take advantage of their last year?
Discover who you are and what you’re into and strive to be genuinely interested in others. Learning to be nice to people and developing relationships is the most important thing you can do, whether you’re an introvert and do it in smaller settings, or an extrovert and do it abundantly.
A Fujifilm digital camera was just gifted to me. Do you have any experience with this type of camera?
Nope, I don’t unfortunately. But the same rules will apply: shoot on manual mode and learn all you can about exposure in the beginning.
What would you recommend for a beginner skateboarder?
However fast you’re going, go faster.
Your photos with the Hasselblad are amazing! Could you point out which photos you took with your Nikon though?
They’re hard to sort, but for the most part, anything that is shot in rectangular format is from my Nikon. Everything that is square is from the Hasselblad.
Are you ever lazy? If so, how do you fight laziness?
My normal state is lazy, introverted, and recluse. Working and getting out is out of my comfort zone, but I’ve found that at random times of your day, you’ll find a groove where your brain is firing and work is all you can focus on. Once these happen (and they inevitably will, if your work is something you’re passionate about), you have to hold on and stay locked into it until you can’t keep your eyes open. Lately for me, that happens at about 9pm, after I’ve gotten home and had a chance to eat. My mind starts running, so I head over to my computer and start chipping away. Come midnight or 1am, I look at the time and realize I need to be up in a few hours, then start over.
And of course, always wake up early.
Where did you get your camera straps? (Specifically the one you recently got for your Nikon)
I’m not sure exactly which seller I bought it from, but I got it for $20 on Amazon. Lasted me through a Japan trip, skate trips, and lots of camping so far in 2014. Sorry I don’t know the type!
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