We continue our interview series with San Francisco based photographer Connor Sacks.
Similarly to our last featured artist, Connor produces most of his work on film and when he's not out shooting you can find him skateboarding throughout the Bay Area. Most recently, Connor tabled with us at the SF Art Book Fair with his apparel project Cellar Goods. We caught up with the Southern California native before heading out on his next adventure to Costa Rica:
1. Where are you from originally and how long have you been living in the Bay Area?
- Anaheim, CA. I've been in San Francisco for around 7 years now.
2. How did you find yourself shooting film? And what do you like most about working with film as a medium?
- Other than being around friends who were always messing with film cameras, back country backpacking is what made me want to pursue taking photos beyond with my phone. I hate the idea of being distracted from a moment because you're worried about taking a good photo. That was initially why film was appealing to me. No preview screen to instantly view your photo and mess with settings to try to get it right- and no massive memory card to allow you to shoot endlessly. One click and it's done.
3. What other things do you like to do creatively or recreationally outside of photography?
- Skateboarding. I film skateboarding as well. The editing process of making videos is fun for me. I like to find and sample old Sci-Fi VHS tapes and splice it with skate footage.
4. We know you've been working on an apparel project for a little while now and we were excited to feature some of your first pieces at SF Art Book Fair. What can you tell us about Cellar Goods in its early stages and what have you learned since starting up an endeavor like it?
- Cellar has been a fun project for me. I geek out on basic apparel- things like hats and shirts and I'm pretty particular about the way I want them so the production of the goods is a fun process for me. I also love that it's a way for me to collaborate with my friends who create art and make shit that we think is cool. I never intended it to be a "brand" or whatever, but I want to put out a few pieces of apparel every year that have some art inspired design.
5. Finally, the theme of leaving the Bay Area due to high rent, cost of living, etc., is a popular one that crosses most people's minds these days. We know you've done a fair amount of traveling throughout the country in the last year as well. Is there any other city in the U.S. (or abroad) that you've encountered where you could see yourself living and being able to fully pursue your interests, should you have to ever leave SF?
- I like where I am at now, but am never certain of where I'll end up. I'm kinda bi-polar in my thinking of where I want to be. Sometimes I want to be in cities surrounded by people and everything people have created and other times I want to be in a rural environment surrounded by only people who are close to me and enjoy the simplicity of that lifestyle. I am going to be living on a coffee plantation in Costa Rica in August for a month or so, maybe I'll have a better idea of how I feel about it after that.
As far as cities go San Francisco is the one I prefer to be in. People are always shocked and bring up that it is so expensive to live here and how do you do it. If you live a fairly simple life and use the resources of people around you, you can live in this city for pretty cheap. It's the people in this city that are changing over the years. More people are concerned with making a lot of money and living in excess and have little to no interest in activities that keep the human spirit alive... That's pretty weak and I don't enjoy seeing that, but the city is whatever you make of it and there are still a lot of rad people here.