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SpinSpinNYC Spotlight Feature: Taylor Flash

Jared_Fullerton_Photo_of_Taylor_Flash_SpinSpinNYCPhoto credit: Jared Fullerton

When did you first know that you wanted to be a photographer? How long have you been taking pictures?
I didn’t really know that I wanted to be a photographer when I first started. I just really enjoyed taking pictures and editing them. It wasn’t until I started hanging around Occupy Wall Street and documenting things that I realized that this is what I wanted to do with my life.

What equipment do you prefer to work with?
I am a fan of fixed “prime lenses” like the 85 1.8/ 50 1.4 and 8mm f3.5. I normally use the Nikon D7000 for work, but for the last 6 months I have been using the Canon 60D to shoot photos as well as video. I sometimes shoot with a Canon XTI as well. I’m using the Mamiya 645 / Canon Ae Program 1 for an upcoming portrait / landscape project that will be completely on film.

Do you prefer studio work or capturing events?
I actually prefer capturing events. There’s a certain raw emotion that you can capture from people when they are protesting or belting their heart out on stage. The best part is capturing someone at the height of their performance, or while they are fighting for what they believe in. Also, I specialize in black and white photography.

Gowanus_Brooklyn_SpinSpinNYC_Taylor_FlashGowanus Brooklyn captured by Taylor Flash

Are you self taught or did you attend school?
I’m self taught. I learned how to use my camera manually and strobes manually by lots of trial and error while I was a raver. I read books, articles, anything that I could grab. For the first year I also refused to look at any major photographer’s pictures because I wanted to develop my own style. I recently just started an internship with a fashion photographer a week ago, so this is the first time that I have been following someone else.

Name an album / artist / mix you enjoy listening to while you edit photos.
It depends on what material I’m editing. If I’m editing rave material, I tend to listen to Tom Bulwer’s 2Deep Podcast, and the Deep House Cat podcast. If I’m editing shoots, it can range from Raekwon and Little Brother to artists such as Disturbed, Sevendust and Opeth.

How much does music influence your work?
Music influences my work a lot. If I want to edit or go for a darker mood, I tend to listen to Minimal/Deep House or Metal. If I want to go for something that is more vibrant, I’ll listen to various different forms of upbeat music. In certain events, I time my shots with the beat of the music that I’m hearing. It all depends.

Where you do derive inspiration?
Most of my inspiration comes from the moments when I see people/friends down on their luck, or my own personal struggles. In my studio shoots, a lot of times I’ll direct people to reveal who they really are behind their mask. On concept shoots, however, I tell people to move and act in such a way that reflects and embodies my inner feelings.

What are some of your most ambitious or favorite photographs/exhibits you’ve completed to date?
The most ambitious set of photos I’ve taken is definitely my set on Occupy Wall Street during the first “Day of Action” which took place on November 17, 2011. I put my camera and my freedom pretty much on the line to capture some of the shots that I have from that collection. They can all be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/62334701@N08/sets/72157628035099059/

Where can people find you?
and my portfolio can be found at: http://taylorflashphotos.wix.com/astoryofakid

If you are interested in prints (between 16×24- 24×36 inch sized prints, on various form of Kodak Supra Endura Paper, mainly lustre and metallica), you can contact Taylor Flash at taylorflashphotos@gmail.com or swing by the next SpinSpinNYC event and talk to him in person.


SpinSpinNYC Spotlight Feature: Delta Major

Delta_Major_SpinSpinNYCDelta Major modeling Fetish Authentic | Photo credit:  Taylor Flash 

How did you become a part of the SpinSpinNYC family?
I was Invited to one of the weekly parties by Taylor Flash. He told me about the awesome house music that gets played. I was sold because I love house music and there aren’t many places in New York that actually play house or dance music all night.

Describe your relationship to the underground music scene.
I started off going to raves in November of 2011. It became a weekly thing for me, to go to a rave every weekend. I met some people and made connections and eventually started to Go Go dance at the raves. Now, I am promoting the raves and parties I go to or dance at.

What are your impressions of the rave scene?
When I first got into the scene I fell in love. There was so much energy and love for that hard bass beat that’s found in all the rave music. I discovered Hardstyle, Hardcore, Trap, Deep House, Drum And Bass, and Electronic Dance Music. I even learned two forms of dance that I have never seen nor taken before. I learned to Melbourne Shuffle (and no it’s not like what the group LMFAO does) and I learned to Tektonic.

Tell us about some of your favorite parties in NYC and what makes them so special.
I always have a blast at any rave or party that has a theme or requires me to dress up. Some of my favorite raves were Electric Ave, Far Far Away Land, and Sour Patch Kid (where I did my first go go dancing gig). My favorite Fetish Authentic parties had to be the Thanksgiving Eve party and the party for Nutritious’ birthday that had Dennis Ferrer headline.

Delta_Major_Nutritious_Fetish_Authentic_SpinSpinNYCDelta Major modeling Fetish Authentic | Photo credit: Taylor Flash

What song / artist / album can you not get enough of lately?
I am extremely obsessed with Daft Punk. If I was stuck on a deserted island, and could only listen to one artist while I’m stuck there it would definitely be Daft Punk.

What inspires you?
I am inspired by the Arts. Anything pertaining to music, dance, painting, drawing, poetry, singing, theatre, and photography really opens up my creativity. I love to express myself through acting, singing and dancing. That’s why I am a Musical Theatre Major in school. I also love to see how others express themselves through their chosen medium of art.

We know you like to dress up and make costumes. What are some of your favorite looks and what type of music do you like to listen to as you make them?
My favorite costume to date has to be my Mystique from the Original X-Men Comic Book. Next, would have to be my Jade from Mortal Kombat costume. It usually take me about three days to  make a particular costume, and while I’m putting it together I like to listen to mellow music that will keep me focused and working at a steady pace. So, I usually play Amy Winehouse, Adele, Enya and Dido.

Where can we find you online?
You can find me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeeDee347