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“I hope that a sense of fun came through in the shots. I really believe in working hard but having fun in order to create great work.”
For many artists and creators who choose to pursue their passion as a living, the lines between work and downtime fast begin to blur. The life of a photographer, in particular, poses a difficult challenge: With so many moments to document and so many ways to document, which are worthy of focus?
Photographer Samantha West faced this conundrum in crafting her Dispose spread while on the assignment.
“My main focus was on the fashion shoot, but I also wanted to make sure I captured some moments for this project. I didn't want to lose an opportunity for the editorial shots and at the same time, I didn't want to miss out on a great moment that I could capture on the disposable camera.”
Like any modern photographer worth her salt, Samantha photographs obsessively.
“I am shooting with my iPhone all the time, all day, every day, I have 10s of 1000s of iphone photos. I really believe that a great eye is a great eye and it can be translated in a variety of ways. A good photo is not determined by how expensive your equipment is.”
Whether working on a shoot or walking the streets of her birthplace, Manhattan, her current home, Brooklyn, or her future home, Los Angeles, Samantha weaves photography into the fabric of every day–the only way to turn a labor of love into a viable life.
If you need a soundtrack to Samantha's photos, she recommends that you listen to Talking Heads' "Stop Making Sense," mixed in with Jagwar Ma's "Howlin." mixed in with Brian Eno's "Ambient 1:Music for Airports."
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