Bryan Arnold is a Philadelphia based photographer and filmmaker.
How did you first get into photography?
I got into filming skating at a young age, and wanted to try photos, so my mom got me a Nikon Coolpix camera. When I got into the hardcore music scene the older kids I chilled with used point and shoots or throwaway cameras so naturally I started to as well. Once I got into high school I took a photography class that helped develop my skill using SLR cameras.
What sort of things inspire you?
Being outside inspires me, anywhere I go I subconsciously look for a good photo or something interesting. I’m lucky to have a lot of talented friends that always amaze me with their work. Before instagram I was on tumblr/google looking for pictures of 80s/90s hip hop, graffiti, and urban youth culture especially of the Lo Lifes. There's a few instagram pages now (@polofromthestreets @heirnj and @historyofphilly) that have a crazy collection of these types of photos.
Why do you like to shoot on film?
I hate having to go through an overwhelming amount of digital photos and editing them.
Shooting on film really makes you hone in and think about your shot before you shoot, depending on the scenario of course. The excitement of getting the film back is like the excitement of walking out of a foot locker with a brand new pair of Air Max 95's or finding a dope t-shirt thrifting.
How does fashion play a role in your work?
Fashion is very important. The details are key. I love shooting people with good style. From shooting my friends doing graffiti in fly clothes that match the color of their throw ups to trying to find vintage Polo and recreating those old school 90s pictures of people in fresh gear.
What is your process like? Has it changed over the years?
Lately I have been shooting less street photos and trying to shoot models or fashion oriented projects. I'm very particular about angles and looking for the right shot/lighting and not wasting a lot of photos when it comes to shooting models. I love looking for locations that will compliment an outfit or person.
If I'm shooting my friends doing graffiti you gotta be quick. If I'm on point I try to wait for a shot where their body is in a good position and you can read their name on the wall. If they have on a fit it’s important to get them in front of their tag or throw up.
As a visual artist, what are your goals for the future?
I hope to shoot more fashion/ streetwear brands. I’d also like to do a photo project through and through that could be shown in a book or show. I see a lot of people doing creative work when it comes to lighting and concepts and I want to try and push myself in that direction as well.