Interview with Steven Traylor

By: Diana Zamora

Check out some of his work!

Welcome back to the Centennial High Film blog. My name is Diana Zamora and I am a student in the Centennial High Film Club. At the prior meeting we had a special guest come in and his name was Steven. He talk to us about how he got into photography and how he’s only 22 years old. We really appreciated getting to know someone such in close age to us who is basically doing what some of us one day want to do in the future. His work left us amazed because we can relate to the feeling of wanting to preserve the small things that make us who we are. So here are some questions I decided to ask him.

Can you please get more into detail about your previous statement about making The ghetto beautiful and recognized? It’s mainly about showcasing the way things really are instead of what others make it to be many of us just like to hold on and preserve as much as we possibly can from what we grew up with and what made us the people we are now.

How did you develop the fire or the rush of adrenaline when wanting to capture new outstanding dope work? The fire is really just a feeling I have it’s nothing I can help or control it’s just within me and it’s what keeps me going and drives me to capture what others haven’t been exposed to, it’s like a basketball player wanting to play basketball and desiring to get better at it.

When you first started getting into the film and photography industry how was it like ? And did you ever feel like the people around ever under estimated you because of how much younger you were? No absolutely not because the people I surrounded myself with they all believed in me and kept a positive energy around me and just told me to continue doing what I was doing.

Was there ever a time back when you were younger that you would’ve wished someone or yourself would’ve documented or captured? Yes there was high school was honestly a place I wish I would’ve captured ya know? just like everything that was happening around me at the time I think it would’ve been really sick to document and be able to look back on now.

Were there any influencers that helped you develop your own language/style while shooting? Hands down Kahlil Joseph and Roy Decarava ,Lisa Leone because just the way she captured all her friends and strangers in such a beautiful way it really hit me when I was in there.

What is the biggest struggle while shooting and is it worth it at times in the end? The biggest struggle would probably be trying to get that exact image that you have in your head and really making it happen and basically bring it to life, and it is worth it at the end because you get what you were aspiring

Welcome back to the Centennial High Film blog. My name is Diana Zamora and I am a student in the Centennial High Film Club. At the prior meeting we had a special guest come in and his name was Steven. He talk to us about how he got into photography and how he’s only 22 years old. We really appreciated getting to know someone such in close age to us who is basically doing what some of us one day want to do in the future. His work left us amazed because we can relate to the feeling of wanting to preserve the small things that make us who we are. So here are some questions I decided to ask him.

Can you please get more into detail about your previous statement about making The ghetto beautiful and recognized? It’s mainly about showcasing the way things really are instead of what others make it to be many of us just like to hold on and preserve as much as we possibly can from what we grew up with and what made us the people we are now.

How did you develop the fire or the rush of adrenaline when wanting to capture new outstanding dope work? The fire is really just a feeling I have it’s nothing I can help or control it’s just within me and it’s what keeps me going and drives me to capture what others haven’t been exposed to, it’s like a basketball player wanting to play basketball and desiring to get better at it.

When you first started getting into the film and photography industry how was it like ? And did you ever feel like the people around ever under estimated you because of how much younger you were? No absolutely not because the people I surrounded myself with they all believed in me and kept a positive energy around me and just told me to continue doing what I was doing.

Was there ever a time back when you were younger that you would’ve wished someone or yourself would’ve documented or captured? Yes there was high school was honestly a place I wish I would’ve captured ya know? just like everything that was happening around me at the time I think it would’ve been really sick to document and be able to look back on now.

Were there any influencers that helped you develop your own language/style while shooting? hands down Kahlil Joseph and Roy Decarava ,Lisa Leone because just the way she captured all her friends and strangers in such a beautiful way it really hit me when I was in there.

What is the biggest struggle while shooting and is it worth it at times in the end? The biggest struggle would probably be trying to get that exact image that you have in your head and really making it happen and basically bring it to life, and it is worth it at the end because you get what you were aspiring

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