David Fort Jr. is one of the seven artists featured in our current show, Rolling Along. His featured work documents his time traveling the American highway with friends, Matt Herzog, Bobby Decker, and Jake Singer during the Summer of 2021. We caught up with David this week to learn more about his creative process and life on the road. The following interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.
First off, could you just tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is David Jr. I am a 2021 graduate of Drexel University’s film program – film and photography have always been my greatest passion. The work that I do mainly centers around documentary creation as well as street photography.
When did you first get into photography?
My journey with photography started when I was a young child and I was gifted my first camera by my mom. Ever since then, I’ve pretty much always had a camera with me wherever I go. I love photography because I appreciate capturing moments of life and people’s lives that might not otherwise be captured in time.
How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as a ‘slice of life’ — in other words, creative work that seeks to sensationalize and romanticize the mundane.
Which cameras do find yourself using?
In my videography, I use a Sony A7III. Regarding film-photography, I primarily use a Nikon N8008 and a few point-and-shoots I have acquired.
What inspired you to hit the road this past summer?
After graduating college, I felt without direction on what to do ‘next’. I figured that the best direction for me was West, and my friends and I hit the road heading that way!
Which photos are the most memorable?
To me, the most memorable photos are those that capture the incredible landscapes that we were fortunate enough to see along our journey. Each photo marks not only an incredible moment, but weeks and days spent with my friends.
Similarly, what is an experience or event that sticks out in your memory?
The guys and I took a crazy long hike in the middle of Arizona — amidst the extreme heat — only to find ourselves caught in a strong storm too far along to simply turn back. Despite the downpouring rain and thunder, we swam in a watering hold we found. It was one of the most cathartic moments of my life.
What are you working on at the moment?
Currently, I am spending most of my time curating and editing the documentary from our trip.
David Fort Jr.’s work is included in our current show, Rolling Along. The show is currently on view at PhotoLounge Gallery through February 27th. There will also be a closing reception on Friday, February 25th from 6-8pm.
Rolling Along was printed in PhotoLounge’s Print Lab with no cost to the featured artists. The exhibit has been made possible with dues from our Film Club members. For just $8 per month, everyone can join the film club to save on film processing and grow our community in Philly.