The Creators of LA: Photographer Andy J. Scott
For the last 10 months, self-taught photographer Megan McIsaac has been traveling the West Coast in an RV — a 1977 Toyota “Dolphin” — and gathering portraits of friends and creative types she met along the way. Now settled in Los Angeles with a Mamiya c330 camera, McIsaac decided to document the community that’s inspired so much of her work: Tumblr. This is part of a series of photographic profiles.
Andy’s vision has a very “no-fuss” attitude, and while his photographs are not deeply personal, they certainly have a sense of humor. We met at a local cafe and learned that we live only a few blocks from one another, on the border of Silver Lake and Koreatown, and we decided to take a stroll around the neighborhood (which is where we came upon the kitten). Andy spends a lot of time making photographs on similar walks, including a series of portraits called “Out Here,” taken in an alleyway off of Fairfax Avenue.
What else, besides photography, do you do in your daily life?
My favorite thing lately has been waking up early and jogging at the Silver Lake reservoir followed by a big green smoothie. I like to cook, doodle, listen to music, ride bikes, normal stuff.
Your photographs have a “chill” attitude to them, no matter who the subject matter is. Is this something you purposefully try to convey, or are your shoots/subjects often relaxed and laid back?
I’m drawn to quiet moments because I feel like they tell so much about a person and have a lasting appeal. In my hip-hop work I especially like calm moments because hip-hop photography can be over-the-top sometimes. Though this year I’m trying to learn how to bring some more energy in, but stay close to my vibe.
Your video work is very flirty, quirky, and colorful, while your photography seems to be more serious and slick. Do you think that has to do with the gender of your subjects (your video work is primarily female while your photographs are mostly men) or something else?
Most of my video work has been for clients like PacSun, so they lean towards the flirty “lifestyle” feel. I think shooting girls has a different tone and it doesn’t come across as much in my stills because most of my music work has been with male artists. Though I definitely want to shoot more ladies (girls in LA: let’s make stuff!).
What projects are you working on now?
I just finished making my portfolio and am tackling the daunting task of trying to set up meetings to show it off with magazines and agencies. Hopefully I’ll squeeze in some personal shoots this month too.
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