Not much about me is secret.


Joshua Spencer just wants you to be comfortable.

Written by: Susannah Tantemsapya

Joshua Spencer lives to capture moments. Born in Los Angeles and raised in San Clemente, he started shooting skate videos at the tender age of 12. As a teenager, he started playing around with different formats and discovered black & white film. Attracted to its timeless quality, he got into old, Magnum photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Joshua primarily shoots portraits, fashion and editorial. He strives to get his subjects comfortable in front of the camera, which to him is a balancing act that sometimes requires psychological warfare. Currently, he is working on a book of black & white portraits for Garrett Leight California Optical, whom he shot his first campaign for years ago. This time, he’s headed into the darkroom to do some old-school dodge and burn.

3.5 Questions with Joshua

What is your secret talent?
Jesus, I have no idea. Not much about me is secret.

Where do you find inspiration?
Inspiration is fickle. It pops up everywhere. Honestly, the harder I work, the more I'm inspired.

Tell us about the picture or job where you realized “Damn, I might actually make this happen”:  
I ask myself that every job. It’s still happening…

I ENJOY stolen moments, life… I try to enjoy everything. What’s the point otherwise?

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