1. What equipment do you use and how do you edit?
I'm still rocking the lil Sony A6000 with the 10-18mm for most of my urbex shots. Lightroom is what I work with for 95% of my editing, with a little photoshop, and occasionally add some finishing touches with the mextures app.
2. Did you start shooting photos or exploring first?
I've shot and admired photography since I was young, but only took it serious when I started exploring maybe about 5 years ago now.
3. Have you always lived in the Bay Area?
I've been in the Bay for close to 10 years, but grew up in Sacramento CA.
4. What are your biggest obstacles when exploring in your home area?
Oh man, the dwindling abandoned landscape! CA is such valuable real estate, nothing sits idle too long or unguarded. Most of the great stuff requires a daybreak explore or other "creative" means.
5. What are your favorite types of abandonments, why?
My favorite abandoned locations are probably old churches, love the architecture. Industrial is another favorite. Factories and the like, that were at one time important in the growth and development of our society, is fascinating to me.
6. What’s the craziest thing that’s happened when you were exploring?
The craziest thing I've come up on is probably in a Beverly Hills mansion with @b4_flight. This dude was hiding with a club in his hand. Figured there was two of us and he had no more business being there than we did, so I just let him know we were going to be taking a few shots and leave. He was cool. Other than that, nothing much except a one-time baby skunk rescue, where @justinjenny gets the credit for the dirty work.
7. Do you prefer to explore alone or in a group?
I explore alone or with just a couple other people that are solid to me. Can't do big groups lol.
8. Aside from abandoned buildings, what’s your favorite thing to shoot?
When I'm not exploring, I love to shoot cars. Whether they are lowriders hopping or high performance rides swinging, as long as they are tearing it up I'm with it.
9. Have you ever been hit by a car or hassled by the police when shooting a takeover (when cars take over an intersection and do donuts until the cops come)?
I have not been hit thank God but I am sure to stay on my toes. Photography is easy to lose yourself in trying to get the perfect shot so I am mindful of that drivers I trust etc. No issues with the PD I'm good with blending into the environment.
10. If someone visits your area, what’s the best place you can recommend for food?
This is clearly a @sloppystick question lol. Bay Area is so rich with diverse dining. I recommend Golden Boy Pizza, El Gran Taco Loco, Gorilla BBQ. Too many to name. Hit me up for info…
11. Where do you want to visit next?
I'm visiting Texas next but would love to get back to Detroit before the end of the year. Abandonment is still great out there as well as some great folks there I love. It has a similar vibe to Oakland. I feel at home.
12.How can we keep up with you?