MEET THE ARTISTS:
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP: I grew up mostly in Lake Hopatcong, NJ and Newark, DE. I travelled almost every weekend though to race BMX so a lot of growing up was in hotels.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST BECOME INTERESTED IN PHOTOGRAPHY: I first became interested in high school but it was very on and off. My mom had an old Canon AE-1 I would mess around with sometimes but it wasn't until my early 20s (after a failed snowboarding career and failing out of college) that I got interested enough to take a class at the local county college in NJ.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU: California. You can head in any direction and run into something beautiful.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE IMAGE THAT YOU'VE TAKEN: I think my favorite image I've taken is of David Lynch smoking, but I can't fully claim it because Claire may have shot that one.
WHAT ARE ONE OR TWO OF YOUR FAVORITE MOMENTS FROM PAST SHOOTS: We were hired by Swindle magazine to shoot Slash years ago. It was set up to meet him at a bar in the valley and we waited for him for a couple hours and it was getting crowded and we talked to the editor and said Slash never showed up can we try and reschedule it. It was already too late to shoot in the bar because of the crowd so we were glad to try again another time. As we were leaving the bar we see Slash walk by us and we were like "Oh shit, there he is" but we didn't want him to see us because we already had it in our head that we couldn't shoot in the bar and another chance would happen, so we quickly walked to the car. As we were driving off we hear "Hey, are you the photographers?" and we kept driving like we didn't hear him. He starts running down the alley after us yelling "hey guys stop stop". Slash is chasing our shitty '95 Subaru down an alley in the valley. We finally stop and he apologizes over and over because he had been waiting for us at the wrong bar and invites us up to his house to do the shoot. He drove so fast we almost lost him a couple times and we did lose the writer.
Once in his house we meet his wife and kids and she said she would offer us a drink but it's a dry house. We end up going into his office to figure out a place to shoot and he opens a fridge, moves some non alcoholic beers out of the way and busts out a bottle of wine. We ended up drinking with Slash at his house for a couple hours with him telling endless stories. It was great. We've shot him a couple times after that and he always remembered our names and that incident. One of the nicest guys ever.
IF YOU WEREN'T A PHOTOGRAPHER WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING INSTEAD: I'd like to say a racecar driver but that would be dreaming. Probably still be working at a skateboard shop like I was before photography found me.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE HISTORICAL FIGURE: Toss up between Woodie Guthrie and Shel Silverstein, and Gordon Gekko.
WHAT SONG GETS STUCK IN YOUR HEAD MOST OFTEN: Don't Bite Your Friends by Yo Gabba Gabba.
WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL: I just took an online quiz and it said a raccoon, didn't have time to go see a shaman today.
IF YOU COULD ONLY EAT ONE FOOD FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE: Deviled eggs
WHAT IS THE ONE ITEM OF CLOTHING THAT YOU WEAR MOST OFTEN: Dodger cap
WHAT WOULD THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY BE: “I Took a Wrong Turn and Just Kept Going”
WHEN'S THE LAST TIME YOU LAUGHED SO HARD IT HURT: Monica's (our studio manager) “Cat Facts” texts to Graham (our assistant) that went on for days.
WHAT IS YOUR SECRET TALENT: Heel toe shifting.
WHAT IS YOUR GO TO DANCE MOVE: The one I stole off Dan Colby 15 years ago at The Common Ground in Boston.
WHAT IS THE STRANGEST THING IN YOUR REFRIGERATOR: The fact that we are out of Tapatio.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO UNWIND AFTER A BUSY DAY: Sportscenter