photograph of a subject brushing his teeth in front of a mirror with band-aids covering his eyes

I started experimenting with photography at the age of 17. I would use my mom's Canon Rebel t3 and take candid pictures of my friends whenever we would hang out or I would take pictures of random landscapes whenever I had no one to take pictures of. I bought my first camera at 18 and it was Yashica microtec 35mm point-and-shoot film camera I found online for cheap. I've mainly been shooting film ever since I bought my first camera, and the thing I like most about it is the surprise of not knowing how the finished product will look until the film is developed. Ultimately, I enjoy capturing moments that I go through in my everyday life.

For the most part, I shoot portraits. I eventually moved on from taking pictures of just my friends to taking pictures at concerts/festivals and taking pictures of my favorite acts or individuals that caught my eye. I enjoy being able to meet new people and meeting some of my favorite artists, there's been instances where I've made some really good friends just from me taking their picture. I eventually stopped taking pictures at concerts for a while once COVID-19 happened and everything shut down. I started to focus more on personal projects and went back to using my friends as models more frequently to help bring my ideas to life.

There are many things that I enjoy about photography and I've been able to experience some unforgettable moments because of it. I tend to slow down on taking pictures when I'm in school and it leads me to become frustrated with my work due to me being inconsistent for 4-5 months. Thankfully, I've had a lot more free time this summer and I've been able to shoot a lot more. I've slowly been getting into videography as of ~2 years ago, but I tend to become a lot more frustrated with it since I'm still learning. Below are some pictures I've taken of my friends and at concerts.

photograph of Blake Anderson in a mosh pit at a SXSW Cuco concert in 2019