27 Frames – Zak Bush
/ Matt 01.20.2016
Welcome to the first feature in our new series called “27 Frames.” The concept is simple: we sent 27 single use (disposable) cameras out to some of our favorite photographers, they shot stuff with it, then mailed it back to us. We developed the film and are sharing the results with you (and the photographers) now. In this instant, digital age, we want to pay homage to a snapshot photo process we grew up with ourselves — waiting for the film to develop and being surprised by the results. These 27 frames belong to Zak Bush, a Canadian photographer whose natural and pure style we have always admired since seeing his iconic work for the Saturdays brand. Zak now lives out here in LA and works as the content editor for Outerknown (another brand we love).
Who are you? Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Zak, I’m a 6’5″ Canadian who has recently relocated from NYC to LA to act as the content editor for Outerknown.
How did you first get into photography?
I’ve been taking photos since I was a little kid, I started to turn a passion into a career when I broke my arm about 8 years ago and was kept out of the water. In desperate need of a hobby I started to really geek out on photography.
Film or digital?
Both. I love shooting film, I think the photos always look better, the process is way more satisfying too. That being said, shooting digital allows me to make way more photos in way less time.
When was the last time you used a single use (disposable) camera?
Recently, my friends Scotty and Kate Sherin got married last October and instead of hiring a wedding photographer he bought about 2 dozen of these bad boys and handed them out to everyone that wanted one.
What did you decide to shoot with your camera for this project?
The day after I got the camera, I was headed up to the Pacific Northwest to shoot Outerknown’s Fall 2016 campaign. I brought it with me there and shot a few frames, then I headed up to West Marin for Christmas, both places have a vastness I don’t get to see as often as I’d like to. Both areas are cold, hard and rugged, but in a beautiful way. Both communities are very protective, I tried to honor that in the pictures.
Did you have any interesting experiences along the way?
The PNW was a trip, and Marin is still pretty wild too. I’ve been living in pretty urban environments for the last few years. I love the energy in both areas up north, it’s something that you can never feel in New York or Southern California.
What was your favorite image from the roll?
Hard to say. Shooting with a disposable thing is a guessing game, I usually always shoot manual exposures with whatever camera I’m using. With this I just had to point, hope it would focus and expose properly. I love the last frame, the half burnt shot of the chair in West Marin, it captures so much of what I was looking for.