• About: Logan Delaney

    Part of a growing movement of young L.A. photographers capturing their city on film, Logan Delaney tells us about and his taking photos downtown and his latest color obsession: yellow. 
    Photos by Jerrod La Rue 

    Who is Logan Delaney? 
    This'll probably be the hardest question to answer. I'm a guy who's still finding his way, honestly. I'm someone that struggles every single day with the fact that I'm a creative and the world isn't exactly geared towards someone like me to succeed. I'm constantly fighting with being "responsible" and taking "a safer route" and quite honestly I don't mind anymore, especially being born and raised in Los Angeles in a time where the internet makes literally anything possible. I'm blessed to be surrounded by other creative that give me the confidence needed to succeed and that's what I ultimately want to instill in others. So yeah, I'm just a photographer who lives to create and thrives off self expression and new ideas.

    When did you get your first camera? What do you shoot on now?
    I got my first camera when I was 12 I believe? It was a point and shoot film camera my grandma gave me on my birthday; only problem was I also got the new Pokémon game on the same day so I never really used it and I eventually lost it. The first real camera I bought with my own money was my Nikon D5100 when I was 19. I was really big on digital for a while, then I ended up selling it after about a year and a half. Now the main cameras I shoot with are my Nikon F3, which I use to shoot most of my 35mm film, My Contax T2, which is my travel buddy/all purpose camera, and my Nikon d600, which is mainly for digital/work purposes and video.

    Is there a consistent philosophy that runs throughout your work? 
    There is and there isn't. With every shoot, I try and get the model/subject to be themselves and there's always at least one moment where I try and get something out of them I haven't seen in their work. Something abstract or perhaps challenging to them, whether it's a vibe, emotion, or a pose. But my common philosophy that I try and convey through my photos is be yourself. Bring the best you have to offer and enjoy yourself and, of course, I do the same. when I shoot with that type of mindset and instill it in my subjects I can almost always live with the result.

    You’ve started focusing on color in your work, lately yellow. Can you tell us a bit about that? What attracts you to the color? 
    Absolutely. I'm working on an ongoing portrait series titled "You're My Yellow”, which is basically a big thank you to my peers, friends, family and supporters who helped me get through a rough creative drought in my life when I actually considered giving up on my creative endeavors. For me, yellow has always symbolized pure joy and platonic love, so for the time being I'm incorporating lots of yellow into my work and I'm encouraging my friends, family, followers, and supporters to Snapchat me their "yellow" (@thebluenoose) and tell me what it means to them. I've always loved yellow in every shade and the beauty of the color on film means the most to me. Aside from that, I just aim to inspire others to shoot and always listen to what drives them.

    You’re part of a growing community of L.A. photographers shooting on film, guys like Jerrod La Rue and the Stanciell brothers. What’s the scene like there? How did you guys all get connected? 
    Well I met Brandon and one of his shows a while back. We'd been following each other for a while and were fans of each others work and then we just started coming to each others shoots and hanging out and it all clicked form there. Naturally through Brandon I met James and Jerrod and we all clicked on the same level because we all do the same thing pretty much. We all grew pretty close, so I'm unofficially the 3rd Stanciell twin basically and Jerrod's our cousin. I'm not sure if there's a scene, but amongst L.A. photographers that shoot film, even if we haven't met, we all kind of know about each other, which is really cool, I guess. Solidarity is cool. It allows for me to meet like minded individuals with similar goals and it definitely helps to have people pushing you to be great.

    What’s been inspiring you lately?
    As far as inspiration I've been really into Paper Magazine. I just subscribed a few months ago and I loved the art direction in all the shoots. I've also got a few photo books that I draw Inspiration from in terms of emotion. I've been inspired a lot lately by Nan Goldin's "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency" and "Suburban" By Jimmy De Sana. I'd love to add some of that fine-art, intimate style to some of my fashion and portraiture work eventually.

    When you’re not shooting, how do you spend your time? 
    When I’m not shooting, I’m still shooting, in the gym, getting buckets. A thousand jump shots a day I'm tryna get drafted low key and get a contract like Mozgov.

    Any recommendations next time we’re in Los Angeles?
    I'm a huge breakfast guy. Breakfast is one of my favorite things ever in life so I'm just gonna recommend breakfast spots. Go to Bru's Wiffle In Santa Monica, they got some very underrated Chicken and Waffles and other breakfast goodies. Another spot I'm at a lot is 26 Beach on SUNDAY. Their brunch menu is insane. Also, try Ricky's fish tacos. It's not breakfast food it's just really good.

    How would you describe your personal style? Do you have a daily uniform? 
    My personal style is eclectic and it's literally all about how I’m feeling when I get dressed. Some days I'm really into colors and I'll wear pale pinks, yellows, or blues and some days I just want to wear a button up, tuck my shirt in and cuff my pants. I'm really just into what makes me feel and look good and, for me, it's all about self expression. Whether I’m wearing an oversized women's sweater as a shirt or black jeans and a black t-shirt; it's whatever I feel.

    Tell us something we don’t know about photography.
    I can tell you something I learned while learning photography as a craft: Developing a style and an eye doesn't happen over night. Developing a feel for shooting people doesn't happen over night. Developing an ability to see things others don't doesn't happen over night. Developing confidence in your abilities to make money being a photographer doesn't happen over night. I wish someone told me that when I started, but those are things that just came with time. I've been doing this for about four and a half years now and it's always going to be a learning process and there's always going to be indifference. As long as you develop as a person and gain knowledge from your failures (or even your successes) your art will get better and things will come along.

    Any tips for up-and-coming photographers?
    Shoot all the time. Don't be scared to look stupid, don't be scared to fail and absolutely don't be scared to put yourself out there. Try everything at least once. You never know what your calling could be or what you're naturally good at so try anything and everything.

    What’s next for you?
    I'm working on shooting more Yellow and eventually I want to have a gallery show somewhere in LA. It's just something I've always wanted to do whether it be a group show or a solo show. I just want to get some of my best friends and family together one night and just hangout and enjoy art and let everyone know how much I appreciate them. That's what You're My Yellow's all about. Aside from that I want to travel, shoot look books, experiment more with fine art photography and studio work, and also start shooting short films. As long as I'm growing I'm happy.

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