Have you guys heard of the name, Justin Hustle, well if not then you definitely need to get to know him. He is a photographer and brand consultant from The Land. Get to know some of his work and check out to see what he is about.
TRS: What is your name and what do you do?
My name is Justin Hustle, I am a brand consultant, designer and photographer. I also started the brand, Another Enemy.
TRS: Where are you from and how has being there affected your creativity?
I am from Cleveland, OH. There’s a crab in the bucket mentality here and I try to spend as little time as possible dealing with it. I also try to live my life by a “show love, get love” oath. I recently turned a solo exhibition into a group show at Dead Logic Creative, called Beside The Point, to give some shine to friends I felt do an excellent job taking photos.
TRS: Explain what initially got you into shooting?
My grandfather was an amateur photographer my whole life, so from a young age I remember taking photos of anything and everything. As I got older, I took many photography classes in high school, and eventually transferred to film school when I was attending college to fully pursue my interest in movies.
TRS: Explain what does an average day look like for you?
Typically my schedule is very unstructured. Beside photography, I am a marketing & branding consultant. Some days I have schedule shoots that range from food styling/photography to speaking engagements on social media usage and best practices. My partner in crime, Destanie Rodriguez does her best to keep the workflow straight since I do my best to shoot daily, always keeping one of my cameras with me.
TRS: What things do you look at or watch for inspiration?
To be honest I check out my feed on Instagram to see what my friends are up to, as well as the people who’s style I admire. But I try not to be inspired by anyone else’s work. If I am working with a client, I try to make sure whatever we create is unique.
TRS: What camera setup do you currently use (camera, lens, other accessories, etc)?
Recently I moved from a Nikon dslr to a mirrorless fuji x100t (with a 23mm lens), mainly because I hated carrying a ton of gear. I also shoot with two vintage film cameras as well as my iPhone 6s.
TRS: What do you specialize in or what do you enjoy shooting the most and why?
I really enjoy creating a beautiful image out of less than ideal surroundings. It may sound cliche, but there is beauty in destruction. Dying flowers are one of the most hauntingly beautiful objects to me.
TRS: What has been the best experience you have had so far in your career?
I’ve been very lucky to work with some great clients like Jake Ferrato from JBF Customs. Working with Jake has allowed my photos to be featured with Esquire, Nice Kicks, Complex, Hypebeast, among others.
TRS: Since we believe that music is the center around all things creative, what are your top 3 music albums, and what about those albums that gets you in a creative zone?
Only 3?! E S T A R A by Teebs. Crosses by Crosses. Hell Hath No Fury by Clipse.
TRS: Who are some shooters that you follow and what do you admire about their work?
Some of my favorite photographers are friends of mine. Daniel Shapiro is an amazing shooter, we talk many times a day, always sharing photos and feedback. I’ve learned a lot from him. I am also a huge fan of Rickey Powell, Patrick Joust, Clint Woodside, Larry Clark and Spike Jonze.
TRS: What is one tangible piece of advice that you would give somebody who has just started shooting?
Keep shooting, all the time and lots of frames. Don’t get too deep into the perfect shot, sometimes it takes me 40 shots to find the “one.” Find a camera you like, check out the flickr pool of images from the camera. Then go take as many photos as you can, every day.
TRS: Random Question: What is your favorite show right now and why?
I don’t watch very much television, as cliche as that may sound but I love Game of Thrones.
TRS: What is next for you?
Working on my next series of the Beside The Point exhibition for Chicago and Pittsburgh. I am also finishing up my first book, Abandonment Issues, which should be done in July.
TRS: Where can people find you?
My social media is @JustinHustle on twitter/instagram. My website is http://justinhustle.com
Also check out @beside.the.point on instagram for news on future exhibitions.