"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