Trent Still

Published 8 years ago -

Trent seems to divide his time between Norman and the West Coast, and he usually doesn’t tell anybody where he is going to be. If you see him one day, he’ll probably be gone the next. I guess it makes sense, in a way, that his low-fi black and white photography somehow manages to be chaotic and cohesive at the same time. Too bad he doesn’t have a website. That’s just what happens when you are oldschool.

Where are you from?
The open road…. I have spent most of my life looking through a car window from when I was two weeks old to 24 years. But the place I recognize most as my “home” is Oakland. I am who I am cause of that area.

What do you do?
Photographer and vagabond extraordinaire.

Who or what do you use for inspiration?
Pretty much the ruthlessness and the hagardness that living a life this way brings to your everyday life.

What artists do you respect right now?
Man I have such a weird taste in shit right now… I’m really digging this dude Wayne Martin Belger. He’s this crazy ass dude who builds his own cameras then uses them for the series he’s working on. Like one is a 500 year old Tibetan skull, then another is about HIV and he uses HIV + blood as a number 27 filter so every image has been influenced by HIV. That shit is EPIC! I’m digging some of the old masters right now too mostly Gustav Dore. Dude is tight. Locally in Norman: Old Curtis Jones for sure. Dude is way more sick than people think. He’s such a good incubator for local artists more than anyone even knows, he’ll go the distance for you if you commit. And some asian dude, I dont know his name though. You’ll know if you see his stuff though for sure. OHHHH and last but definitely the most important is DJ RED lite….RICK DEAN!

What are you sick of?
I don’t think you have enough space for this one. As it goes I’m just a curmudgeon. I know what I like and I know what I don’t like. That’s the thing that people don’t understand, you don’t have to like everything. If I’m a dick for knowing what I like and respect, than fuck it, that’s what I am. Life is way too short to sit around and try to please everybody. People who squander the gifts that they were given are really annoying too. You know what, I’m gonna turn a negative into a positive cause space ships don’t come equipped with rear view mirrors they dip! Everything is tight.

What music are you listening to recently?
Damn a lot of New Order and a shit ton of old rap, Biggie, 2pac, Ice Cube, and then sprinkled with a little old soul, Mo-town, Four Tops, Temptations, and the Crystals. Ohhhh and I almost forgot DJ RED lite.

What is your first creative memory?
I think the first creative memory I had was probably so long ago I can’t remember. Being that I saw the world through a picture frame since the time I opened my eyes. But the most influential was probably the bay area, just being able to walk around and see these pieces of beautiful art that aren’t in galleries. Made by artists who aren’t out to make it big, there out to tell you there story what there thinking and how there feeling. I have more respect for people on the walls of the world then who are on the confined walls of art society.

What is your favorite food/drank spot in Norman?
Damn, see the food one is easy but the drank one is hard…..Food T-CAB. The one and only Taco Cabana. Me and the best people in the world would go there and just Zerp, man…I’m talking relax, get crazy, all in one sitting. The food is super good but what makes it the best spot is definitely the late night people that work there, and the patrons since they’re all my friends, and the fact that you can’t get it in San Francisco….. ummmm drank, anywhere, whit booh is pouring.

Anything else?
and I’m analog so these fotos might look like shit on your computer….ummmm
Thanks, ruby, matt, RD, and Elliott Eckley. Without you guys I couldn’t have done it.

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