Common Places is a three part documentary series centered around Drama in a Common Place, a recent street photography show at Book and Job Gallery in San Francisco California. The series takes a closer look at the correlation between street photography and skateboarding, proposing the idea that both skateboarding and photography lend each other a hand when approaching and appreciating the day to day treasures that surround us.
The first installment of « Common Places » begins with two up and coming street photographers Chris Taylor and Brandon Getty. Both behind the lens and on the board, Taylor and Getty bring forth a unique sense of creativity while working within the boundaries of their aesthetic environment.
Chris Taylor, originally from Newark Delaware, has become a native to San Francisco over the past three years. Having developed a photographic style that stands out amongst the rest, Taylor’s black and white images envelop a feeling of the past and incorporate a sense of nostalgia and solitude within their frame. Initiated from a creative eye while skateboarding and looking for spots, Taylor’s photography is representative of someone who embodies a constant wondering eye.
Brandon Getty resides in a town that has established itself as being the most miserable city in the United States, Stockton California. Selective in both what he skates and what he shoots, Getty’s style is derivative of his sparse and somewhat desolate surroundings. Behind the lens, Getty chooses to capture and embrace a sense of loneliness and individuality within every shot. Though many would say that he is restricted by his choice to live in Stockton, Getty would assure any critic that his style and aesthetic eye for photography is rooted in towns like Stockton where society seems to have been forgotten and time stands still.
Filmed & Edited By:
Super 8 Footage By:
Book and Job Gallery
The Sleeping Horse
Seeing Things Gallery
View Finder Productions