Along with many others, we recently got a little bit obsessed with an on-going Photography series, Last Night at The Bus Stop. The simplicity of the series allows the photographs to speak for themselves. The strange, eerie and occasionally comical portraits, evoke that sleepy, uncomfortable and horribly familiar feeling that we all know a bit too well! We got in touch with Travis Huggett, an inspiring, New York based, Photographer, who also happens to be the brilliant mind behind, Last Night at The Bus Stop…
Hey Travis! Tell us a bit about yourself and your Photography…
OK, about me. I’m from Rhode Island, but have been in New York City for years. I moved here to study photography at The Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. I now live on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. About my photography, I usually say I’m a portrait photographer, because I don’t really have a better way to describe it. If you have any ideas I’m open to suggestions.
Aside from your beautifully polished Fashion and Editorial Photography, you also focus on capturing more ‘real’ and gritty scenes, like in your awesome, ‘Last Night At The Bus Stop’, series. The emotion within these photographs is so intense; there’s a great sense of unease, but also of overwhelming familiarity. Could you tell us more about this inspiration behind this series?
For many Artists and Designers, the thought of taking their craft and turning it into a full-time career seems pretty terrifying. What was your journey like, from amateur photographer to having your work featured in publications such as Vanity Fair, GQ and Flaunt, and working for clients like Levi’s, New Era and Red Bull?
I assisted photographers that were doing all kinds of different photography, and I used those jobs to help me figure out what I wanted to do. For example, I learned pretty quickly that I am not patient enough to be a good still life photographer. Once I knew what I liked and hoped I’d be good at, I transitioned from assisting to shooting. I would take any and every shooting job I could, while only assisting for people I loved working with. Eventually I phased out the assisting all together and was able to be more selective about my work.
Having followed your work for a while, your favourite subject matter, and main focus, seems to be humans. What do you look for when you’re capturing a portrait?
Do you have a favourite camera and/or lens?
Obviously, networking is an important part of building up your name and brand within the Art and Design industry. Do you find working out of New York, a hub of Artists and Designers, has helped further your career?
What’s your favourite photograph that you have taken to date and why?
Oh man. Today it’s one from the bus series of a couple kissing. It’s got some nice purple casts on it, it’s dark in all the right spots, there is some text on the bus that I love. Yeah. That one, but if you ask me again tomorrow it will be different.
Who is your favourite photographer of all time?
That’s tough. This is another answer that would change depending on the day you ask. Let’s go with Mary Ellen Mark today. She passed away recently and I found her and her photographs inspiring. I shot her portrait once and it was scary and great.
Finally, do you have a favourite campaign or project that you have taken part in?
I almost always have the fondest memories of the jobs I do with friends. Last year I did a road trip shoot for Levi’s and it was with some of my favorite people, so that was great. Jobs like that don’t feel like work and I think that shows in the photos.
Well, thanks for your time Travis! As our first Featured Photographer, do you have any advice for our readers?
My advice is: Be nice. Many jobs involve long days, and for the most part, the people hiring photographers (or whoever) want to spend those long days with people that they like being around.