DOCUMENT the Fresh – Interviews: Steve-O

pic2Who or what first got you interested in photography?
I was always really interested in photography. The first photo i took was in 2010. It was a We Buy Gold sign in Mississippi. After that i was hooked, I bought a Canon 7D  and started documenting everything. I don’t really consider myself a photographer though, I just wanted to have something to look back at 20 years from now. Something I could show my kids.

Early on what were some of the first things that you began to document?  
Early on, I had this infatuation with We Buy Gold signs. So I started shooting different signs in each city I was in. But most of the time it was my friends who happened to be artists as well.

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yela2What is it about photography that you most enjoy?
I love capturing the moment. Every photo tells it’s own story especially after it’s aged.

Talk about the first event and or concert that you shot.  How’d it go?
The first show I shot was on my tour, “The Smokers Club”. We didn’t know how the show was going to turn out. I wanted to shoot it good or bad.

Depending on the concert, shooting them and live events can be a harrowing experience.  Any tricks of the trade on getting the “right” shot?
Get a good zoom lens. Artist’s hate when you’re all in their face. I try to shoot as natural as possible and that means not letting an artist know a camera is on them.

What kind of gear are you using these days?
I’m using a Canon 7D and a 24 by 70 lens.Film vs digital?
Digital. But I think Film is amazing.

Talk a bit about the tour you produce and work within the entertainment industry.  Has the experience of creating through that platform had an effect on your photography?
It’s had a major effect on my photography because It created the platform for me to take pictures in the first place. If I didn’t have the tour I don’t know if I would have been doing this. The tours opened doors for me to create books and do galleries.

Why do you think photography has experienced such a resurgence?
I think social networks caused a resurgence in Photography. Platforms like Instagram, Tumblr & Facebook are focused more on photos and pushing your lifestyle.What do you have coming up and or what are you currently working on?
I’m working on my first photo book, which should be done by December.  It documents the last 3 years of my life on the road with my artists & friends. We’re hitting the road again with The Smokers Club tour in October. Big K.R.I.T. & Smoke DZA will be dropping new albums soon so that’s gonna keep me busy. Overall I just wanna create though, I wanna live life with no roadblocks. Whatever I wanna do, I’m just gonna do it. No planning, just execution.

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My name is Gerald Watson and I do lifestyle marketing for various companies/agencies. The purpose of this blog is to highlight the people I work with, the work I do as well as the shit I see on the regular.

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