A couple weeks back I bumped into Sagan Lockhart at New Image Art Gallery and I liked the guy instantly. Best known for his work documenting the popular Odd Future hip hop collective, this talented young photographer offers a fresh take on the mighty and the gritty of the industry he grew up in. You have to celebrate his Southern California roots; a quick glance at his work will give you a really slick representation of what Cali photography is becoming now; instant, a bit nostalgic and thinking out of the box. Enjoy our Q&A and a selection of favorites from his portfolio!
LF: When did you first pick up a camera? What are you shooting with now?
SL: A few years ago a friend sold me a Canon ae-1. I’ve broken a couple, but still mostly shoot with that camera alongside a few different point and shoots and very rarely my Rebel.
LF: Who are photographers that inspire you? Who do you look up to?
SL: Terry’s always been cool to me, I like people’s personal photos though. Like friends photos or family photos… real personal stuff grabs my attention.
LF: You shoot almost exclusively on film. Why?
SL: It just looks cooler to me and the whole process kind of excites me. Not knowing what you’re gonna get I guess..
LF: Besides the OF store, what are some favorite spots to eat, shop and hang out at on Fairfax?
SL: Ya I work at the Odd Future store. I like to go to the Farmer’s Market… lots of different food and weirdos lurking.
LF: You had a huge photo show back in July in Brooklyn. How did it feel to take your work to NYC?
SL: I love NYC, so just being able to have an audience out there was amazing. Very grateful.
LF: What are your touring essentials? What do you always travel with?
SL: I keep it simple: film, my board and some clothes…usually less than what I need.
LF: If you could share a drink anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
SL: i think jay-z might have some stories id wana hear and hopefully some business advice.
LF: What’s next for you and Odd Future?
SL: i just want to travel and stay inspired, make stuff and work on projects i want to do. all the rest of odd future is killing it. who really knows whats next its already been a crazy unexpected year.
LF: You will be a part of an upcoming group show at New Image Art gallery. How do you feel about showing with other like minded, young creatives, skaters, etc.
SL: im really excited to be included. im a fan of practically everyone involved.
LF: Whose deck do you ride right now?
SL: ive got a dan drehobl krooked board.
LF: What gets you off, literally or figuratively?
SL: trolling my friends
LF: How fast do you live?
SL: Responsibly fast.