It feels like just yesterday when I met Scotty Liberatore, an up-and-coming San Francisco photographer and transplant from Somerville, Mass. Over the past year, we’ve become close friends living it up in the Bay Area together.
Recently, I asked Scotty to share a little more about his passion for photography with me so that I could share his story with all of you! Check out our Q&A below for more info on how he’s honing his photography skills in San Francisco. Then, feel free to follow Scotty on Flickr, Tumblr and Twitter.
Q. How did you get your start in photography?
A. As a young hoodlum growing up in the city, I had a passion for documenting my adventures — starting off by shooting rollerbladers and skateboarders doing tricks. That later then evolved into focusing my point of view on the people themselves than the skating alone.
Q. What is your inspiration?
A. Honestly, my inspiration stems mostly from my frustration with the industry. I can’t stand most photographers and their corny, boring style. This reaction to the mainstream motivates me to get out there and do something cool and different.
Q. Any plans for the future?
A. Simple: keep shooting and keep evolving.
Q. You’re living in one of the largest tech hubs. What are your thoughts on the influence of social media on photography?
A. Social media is changing the hell out of the game. I take a picture on Tuesday and come Thursday that picture will have been viewed by more than 1,000 people. Crazy, right?!
As much as I love sites like Flickr and Model Mayhem, the problem I see with them is that most people aren’t completely transparent. It seems like people are afraid of being real and vulnerable on those sites, while many give negative criticism when they’re the ones who should be looking in a mirror. In my opinion, this behavior is stifling creativity and keeping a lot of amateur photographers from growing as artists.
In the end, these sites are great ways to gain exposure, make friends (and enemies) and seek advice from professionals. I don’t know about everyone else, but I can’t wait for the day when there’s a “Dislike” button.