Where did you grow up?
Pawleys Island, SC
Where do you live now?
Between NYC and London, England
What do you do?
A few various things, modeling, dancing, taking photos, playing music
When did you first pick up a camera?
Other than occasionally taking photos on really simple digital cameras when I was young, I think I only got into film at the end of 2013 and it was always disposable at first. I started shooting more towards the end of 2014 and eventually friends started giving me their old 35mm cameras.
Camera of choice?
I had a Konica BigMini that I really loved because the colors were amazing, but now it's dead beyond repair! I'll have to get a new one, but I also want to try Contax and Yashica. I find most of my cameras in junk bins, but I want to invest in a nicer one. I'm just worried about being able to take proper care of it!
Tell us about Film Hooligans and how it came about?
Film Hooligans was an idea between my friend Aida Nizankovska and I that started because we have so many friends that take 35mm film diaries and we wanted a place where we could share them all together. Every Friday we put up an entire roll of film from one of the contributors that serve's as a little snapshot of that moment in their life. The rolls are supposed to be unedited and include the bad photos too, but I suspect some people do a little bit of editing haha! I guess it's a bit strange that in this insanely digitalized age, there's such a large community of people that still invests in film and actually prefers it. There's something really special and unmatchable in the quality, and for some reason people seem to act differently when you point a film camera in their face as opposed to a digital one or a cell phone. You can't see the photo immediately, so no one's as concerned about fixing their look, and the result is more spontaneous and natural.
Film Hooligans presented by BB Dakota launches this Thursday in Los Angeles at Rhabbitat Gallery with live performances from The Paranoyds and Numb.er