Atlanta, Georgia Vs. The World
Moving amidst the fog of Atlanta is “Shawnshothat”. The film photographer has been staying low and consistent. Obviously, we have taken notice. We chopped it up with Shawn and got a look into his strategies.
Q: For those who are new to your work, will you introduce yourself?
A: I’m Shawn, but most know me as “shawnshothat”. I do street photography and portraits, I’m 20 years old.
Q: Where were you raised?
A: I’m from Atlanta. Decatur to be specific, zone 6 mostly all my life.
Q: How did that really help your process?
A: Atlanta is more than just strip clubs and music, trust me. Once you take time and watch what goes on it’s a whole different side to it. Some good shit, some bad. It all depends on which route your gonna take: scamming, rapping, hooping or doing some creative shit, i could never hoop. Thankfully I took the right choice.
Q: So when did you get into photography?
A: I was out of high school. During the summer I really didn’t know what to do. I didn’t want to be in school all the time. I got real depressed and shit but I used to follow Gunner (Stahl) and Chi. I seen their work and then I was like “damn I can do that too, that looks fun.” I picked up a film camera because that’s all I could afford then the rest is history. The difference from me and others is that I do it for the art and not just the money.
Q: Is there a certain film you prefer to shoot with, if so why?
A: Yeah, I been strictly using 400 film. It’s so versatile in most situations, especially with a flash it’s golden to me. I shoot Fujifilm lately, I want to try out Portra even if it’s been hyped up a lot nowadays.
Q: I feel like right now film photography is being critiqued the most it ever has been.— What keeps you motivated through the critique?
A: There will always be a double standard with digital and film photography, I don’t care who you are. I think it’s because most people believe that film is just as easy as digital but that’s not the case, it’s a real process with it. The process is motivating. — You got to always treat every shot like it’s the game winner, you know. Ain’t no editing around here either.
Q: If the audience could only take one thing away from this interview what would be most important?
A: This artistic shit not a competition. Just because somebody is doing the same thing as you doesn’t mean it’s better. Never be worried how anybody else rocking unless they are on your side. Self care is very important, I haven’t made anything off my photography yet. — I know it’ll all fall into place eventually, just believe that you can do whatever the f*ck you want to do as long you’re passionate with it. I’m y’all friend, always remember to dothatsh*t!
Q: What’s next for you? —
A: Flood my work out here and hopefully the right person sees it and gives me the perfect opportunity. This sh*t all i got. All i know is I can’t have a regular life, can’t go out sad. I work too hard for this. Big things are coming though, sooner than later trust me. 1000% you going to the top. Anymore thoughts you want to leave the people with? That’s about it, thanks to everyone at UsVersusWorld for this dope ass opportunity, it’s all love!
Two of Shawn’s photos can be viewed below the post and you can keep up with his work on Twitter @shawnshothat !