NO LOOKING BACK
photographed by BRANDON HARMON exclusively for SHK. interviewed by EMILY MARUCCI.
OKAY. HOW THE FUCK DO YOU GET TO TRAVEL THIS MUCH? WITH THE HOTTEST GIRL EVER, CHRISTINA? AND WHERE DO YOU FIND THESE CRAZY PLACES. IN OTHER WORDS, WHAT HAVE WE DONE WRONG WITH OUR LIVES?
Christina and I met in the Olympic National rainforest, in a far corner of the state of Washington. It was a magical place and I guess it set the stage for our relationship. We look at maps, decide on a place, do a little research and when we have the time between jobs, we make an effort to go to remote places. We don’t do all the traveling that we’ve planned — we’re holding out our best places for when we can get sponsored to go. I can’t speak to what other people do on their days off…
WE’RE SUPER IN LOVE WITH JEN AGOGO. WHAT’S IT LIKE WORKING WITH HER, GIVE US A GLIMPSE INTO WHAT YOUR CONVOS LOOK LIKE?
Jen is a character. She’s Christina’s good friend and I love to shoot with her. Convo’s look like this: Jen: “Whatever! Saturday is good.” Me: “Ok, Sat it is… Let’s talk later… Want to see how many looks we are doing and what’s under the coat? Thinking it might need to be a little naughty…”
YOU REALLY CAPTURED THE ESSENCE OF THE SIERRA IN THAT INSTAGRAM PHOTO “BACK SIDE OF THE SIERRA.” SUCH A STUNNING PHOTO. DESCRIBE THAT MOMENT.
Funny you pointed that out. That was definitely a moment. I saw the clouds rolling in over the mountain, and wanted to get a shot that was straight up the side of the crest. I found the road, and jammed up the hill. Got a shot that I liked.
We were only a few hours outside of the city, but at that moment, the city washes away and I get the feeling I’m alone. That’s what I love in general, and that’s what I love about that photo.
ANYTHING EXTRAORDINARY/MEMORABLE/CRAZY HAPPENED WHILE YOU WERE PHOTOSHOOTING IN MEXICO CITY WITH HEIDI, MANDA AND KRISSIE?
Everything crazy happened. Those girls are FUN. I got to meet and photograph Krissie in her amazing apartment in Mexico City with her killer taxidermy collection. That girl’s got some good taste.
IF YOU COULD GO BACK TO ONE OF THE PLACES IN ONE OF YOUR PHOTOS AND RELIVE THAT MOMENT, WHERE WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
I don’t think about going back, only forward.
THE PHOTOSHOOT YOU DID WITH SOKO WAS RAD! WE LOVE THE LIGHTING TOO. WHAT WAS THE THEME/MOOD THAT YOU WERE GOING FOR?
We didn’t really know the mood that we were going for. We just came together in this location and went wild shooting and going crazy. It was also freezing, so I guess you could say it was a “hurry the fuck up” kind of mood that day.
WHERE ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE SPOTS TO PHOTOGRAPH IN NEW YORK?
I think people’s homes. Tattoo artist Minka Sicklinger had an amazing crazy place at one point in Brooklyn. That was a fun spot.
WE DIG YOUR STYLE — BOTH IN PHOTOGRAPHY AND IN FASHION. DO TELL US, WHAT’S YOUR USUAL GO-TO OUTFIT AND WHAT ARE SOME FASHION STAPLES YOU ABSOLUTELY CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT?
WHAT KIND OF EMOTION DO YOU WANT YOUR IMAGES TO EVOKE?
Confusion. I love it when I look at a photograph and think… Is this good? I don’t know. Maybe… Maybe it is.
WE UNDERSTAND THAT BACKGROUNDS PLAY A HUGE ROLE IN PHOTOGRAPHY. HOW DO YOU CHOOSE YOURS TO COMPLEMENT THE SUBJECTS? WHAT DO YOU TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION, AND DO YOU USUALLY INTEND FOR THE BACKGROUNDS TO STAND OUT OR BLEND IN?
It really depends on the situation. I actually like both ideas for backgrounds.
WHAT’S THE WORST THING ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY IN THIS CURRENT DAY?
THREE THINGS PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU.
1. I grew up on an almond farm in Northern California.
2. I have an addiction to / collection of wool blankets.
3. I’d rather be a musician.
FAVORITE THING ABOUT FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY?
I like the classic fashion photographers Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin and Bob Richardson… To name only a few, but otherwise I don’t think about fashion photography.
WITH SO MANY ASPIRING PHOTOGRAPHERS STRIVING TO BE WELL-KNOWN, HOW DOES ONE REALLY ESTABLISH HIS/HER WORK AND LEAVE A STRONG IMPRESSION? ANY TIPS/LESSONS LEARNED?
I was just talking to a friend about this… We realized that I have no idea and no answer for this, but I could teach a stellar class on how to fuck everything up.
TELL US ONE THING WE SHOULD:
SEE: As much of the world as you can.
KNOW: Who you are, your drink and somebody popular… It helps.