"I’ve Seen A Lot Of Things, I Just Photograph Them Now": Our Interview With A Reddit-Famous Photographer

We were lucky enough to have a brief interview with Charles H, an NYC sanitation worker who was made Reddit famous a few days ago when his son posted his incredible photography

In his own words:

I’ve always been interested in photography since childhood. My father has always enjoyed taking photographs and I’d admire them by flipping through old albums. I guess with my father being a blue collar carpenter, i kind of followed suit. I’m a NYC Sanitation worker for 15 years with a passion for photography. I can honestly say that given the rise and popularity of social media I have been more motivated to shoot because as I share my photos via Instagram (@kickhisasscbass). I get instant feedback that keeps me fueled. My wife realized this too and bought me a new camera.

Much of what I photograph is while I am not working, although I do have my camera with most of the time. I actually left work one night and on the way home I witnessed the start of a fire which turned out to be a four alarm that burned through out the night. I stayed to shoot it in 10 degree weather for hours with my new camera. After that night I was instantly hooked on shooting just about anything. I became a “garbageman” mainly for benefits and a 20 year pension. An artistic career was never a consideration for me. I never really knew of any avenues that could generate enough money for me and my family. Perhaps as I near retirement, and my passion for photography unrelents, it could be an option for me in the future.

My career as a NYC Sanitation worker has definitely not been uneventful or mundane. Sure the tediousness of daily garbage pickup at times can be but Ive seen some things and done some stuff along the way. I’ve came across the occasional 200 lb. engine block not uncommon to find in a corner basket or a full colonoscopy bag, as well as defiled sex toys covered in feces wrapped in a bloody sheet. I have also found things much less grotesque, such as collectibles which prompted me years ago to sell on ebay. I made over $2000 selling found 8mm movies from the 1950’s & 1960’s that where still unopened.

I’ve seen a lot of things, I just enjoy photographing it now.

Source: Charles H on Instagram

August 27, 2014
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"I’ve Seen A Lot Of Things, I Just Photograph Them Now": Our Interview With A Reddit-Famous Photographer

We were lucky enough to have a brief interview with Charles H, an NYC sanitation worker who was made Reddit famous a few days ago when his son posted his incredible photography

In his own words:

I’ve always been interested in photography since childhood. My father has always enjoyed taking photographs and I’d admire them by flipping through old albums. I guess with my father being a blue collar carpenter, i kind of followed suit. I’m a NYC Sanitation worker for 15 years with a passion for photography. I can honestly say that given the rise and popularity of social media I have been more motivated to shoot because as I share my photos via Instagram (@kickhisasscbass). I get instant feedback that keeps me fueled. My wife realized this too and bought me a new camera.

Much of what I photograph is while I am not working, although I do have my camera with most of the time. I actually left work one night and on the way home I witnessed the start of a fire which turned out to be a four alarm that burned through out the night. I stayed to shoot it in 10 degree weather for hours with my new camera. After that night I was instantly hooked on shooting just about anything. I became a “garbageman” mainly for benefits and a 20 year pension. An artistic career was never a consideration for me. I never really knew of any avenues that could generate enough money for me and my family. Perhaps as I near retirement, and my passion for photography unrelents, it could be an option for me in the future.

My career as a NYC Sanitation worker has definitely not been uneventful or mundane. Sure the tediousness of daily garbage pickup at times can be but Ive seen some things and done some stuff along the way. I’ve came across the occasional 200 lb. engine block not uncommon to find in a corner basket or a full colonoscopy bag, as well as defiled sex toys covered in feces wrapped in a bloody sheet. I have also found things much less grotesque, such as collectibles which prompted me years ago to sell on ebay. I made over $2000 selling found 8mm movies from the 1950’s & 1960’s that where still unopened.

I’ve seen a lot of things, I just enjoy photographing it now.

Source: Charles H on Instagram

The Most Useless Products Ever Created

There is a fad in Japanese culture called chindogu: essentially, chindogu are products that are useful solutions to everyday problems, but no one would use them because they’re ridiculous. Greek artist Katerina Kamprani designs products that appear normal enough, but upon examination, are utterly useless. I had a solid ten minutes of fun while trying to imagine using these products- and miserably failing.

Source: Katerina Kamprani

August 26, 2014
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The Most Useless Products Ever Created

There is a fad in Japanese culture called chindogu: essentially, chindogu are products that are useful solutions to everyday problems, but no one would use them because they’re ridiculous. Greek artist Katerina Kamprani designs products that appear normal enough, but upon examination, are utterly useless. I had a solid ten minutes of fun while trying to imagine using these products- and miserably failing.

Source: Katerina Kamprani

Documenting The Strange And Sexual World Of Underground Performance Art

I promise: I tried to source these photos as best I could. I was unable to find out who these performance artists are, where this was photographed- nothing. Unidentifiable as they may be, these images beg an important question: which is more important, what you are documenting, or how you document it? These overexposed, washed out photos are clearly taken in a dark, sweaty venue populated by maniac artists and the front-runners of the new movement, and I can’t think of a more effective way to display that than what is presented here. If you have any information on these photos, please drop me a line at chris@pbh-network.com.

Source: Patrick Photo Collection

August 22, 2014
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Documenting The Strange And Sexual World Of Underground Performance Art

I promise: I tried to source these photos as best I could. I was unable to find out who these performance artists are, where this was photographed- nothing. Unidentifiable as they may be, these images beg an important question: which is more important, what you are documenting, or how you document it? These overexposed, washed out photos are clearly taken in a dark, sweaty venue populated by maniac artists and the front-runners of the new movement, and I can’t think of a more effective way to display that than what is presented here. If you have any information on these photos, please drop me a line at chris@pbh-network.com.

Source: Patrick Photo Collection