Get glitchy with it.
Get to know Sam Quinn from No Thoughts and his latest photo diary.
Current city: Boston
What made you want to pursue photography?
I wanted to be a painter, but had trouble making my visions come to fruition. I had bought a book by Ralph Steadman, and it was a book of SX-70 Polaroid photos he had shot and manipulated from television. I bought a Polaroid SX-70 and land camera and was hooked.
I then saw Diane Arbus’s work and wanted to get that close to people and “in” where she was, peoples private/personal space.
Favorite thing about your job?
Getting to work with a medium I love and with clients who hire me for my style or “vision.” Also meeting a lot of cool, nice and creative people.
What music are you listening to right now?
I’ve been listening a lot to Television’s “Marquee Moon” album along with Suicides’ first two albums. In terms of new or current music…People told me several times that I look like Ty Segal, who I just started listening to and dig.
What is your dream collaboration?
I don’t know, I was once told by an older photographer friend that photography is a solitary pursuit, one in which you deal with and photograph people, but in the end, it is you and the camera, and I identify with that sentiment.
What is your favorite hobby?
Watching movies, playing guitar/drums and taking naps.
Who are your models/creators to watch?
I don’t really know…I’m kind of out of the loop, which in the end, sometimes helps me I think.
Five things you would take to a desert island?
I always overthink these types of questions.
1. Lots of food and water (is that 2 things..?)
2. A solar powered laptop set up with the Simpsons seasons 2-8 on it.
3. My backlog of photos to edit on my several hard drives.
4. A bike with big ass tires to ride around the island.
5. Peace of Mind.
Describe your perfect day.
One with little stress and of productivity. Also making some cash doesn’t hurt.
Who inspires you?
A whole slew of people. Robert Frank continues to be a huge influence with his catalogue of work. In the last few years I’ve been looking more at photographers like Jeff Mermelstein, Ed Templeton and Bruce Gilden. I’ve also been looking at artist working in other mediums, such as Raymond Pettibon, Edward Hopper, William Kentridge and the Coen Brothers continue to move me.
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?
I have no idea, probably a day job working and a sad soul.
Photography: Sam Quinn