"Damn, you want to pay me for that?"


Mad, Bad, and Slightly Dangerous.

Written by: Susannah Tantemsapya

Lindsey Byrnes creates a diverse tableau of portraiture infused with color and personality. She started out shooting her fellow degenerates in the California skate scene while working at Thrasher, Slap and Juxtapoz. Her humble beginnings naturally evolved into the music world, shooting artists such as Moby, Tegan and Sara, FUN, Paramore, Scarlett Johansson and for publications like Billboard, Rolling Stone and Esquire. 

Curious and enthralled by her surroundings, Lindsey draws splashes of light and humor into her images. She became part of the East of Western family by the way of Curtis’ wife, Katie (they met in the bathroom at a party, where all girls meet their friends). Curtis is now her spiritual advisor.

Although she has spent most of her life in California, she gets asked at least once a week, “So, when did you move from New York?”

3.5 Questions with Lindsey Byrnes

What is your secret talent?
I can actually insert my tongue inside my nose. I can fold it in half. I can blow bubbles. It took me weeks and weeks to perfect that when I was in grade school. Nobody has the patience for that shit when you get older.

Where do you find inspiration?
Every single place I look. Right now, I am feeling extremely inspired by my neighborhood, Echo Park. I am in love with it.

Tell us about the picture or job where you realized “Damn, I might actually make this happen”: 
When I started, I remember thinking, “Damn, you want to pay me for that?” I think the first photo that I ever got paid for was of Elissa Steamer for a Bootleg ad. She was holding her pro deck at skate park in Florida and was like, "Hey, wanna shoot my ad?" I was really into it and had no idea what I was doing... But even now, I’m more like, “Can I do this?”

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