It’s been said that New York City is the best place for a traveler to be based. Not only is it easy to escape to a brand-new city or country via several airports, there are countless neighborhoods to eat and explore, from Little Italy to Little Colombia to Chinatown. Sam Horine is one such traveling soul: while he’s constantly exploring the abandoned and forgotten neighborhoods of New York City (we’re particularly enthralled with the fantastic street art he finds), he also seems to be in a new exotic locale practically every month. As a freelance photographer and popular Instagrammer, his work covers of a broad spectrum, with recent projects like taking over the TriBeCa Film Festival Instagram feed and shooting for the New York Rangers and the Israeli Board of Tourism. If you want to be inspired to cross the globe or perhaps just look at your own neighborhood with fresh eyes, look no further: Sam’s photos can give even the most sedentary soul a dash of wanderlust.
Sam uses the Leather Brixton in Dark Truffle.
ONA: How did you get into photography/videography?
SH: It’s hard to pinpoint an exact moment, but I have some very distinct memories of poring through the National Geographics that came to my parents’ home each month–spending hours looking through the magazine at scenes far different than my life in a small town in rural Maine. I took a few classes and eventually developed a healthy addiction to Polaroid film–there was something magical about being able to capture moments and memories instantly. Eventually i moved to New York City and got involved in the music scene where I discovered that by taking a few photos at shows, I could go for free and stand in the very front. From music to fashion and food, New York City was a mecca of interesting stuff to photograph and once I started it was hard to stop.
ONA: What camera do you shoot with? What is your “go to” lens of choice?
SH: These days I’m shooting mostly with the Canon 5dmk3 and an iPhone 5. The go-to lens is usually the 35mm f/1.4L – it’s tack sharp and gives you a nice angle of view that’s wide without being overly wide.
ONA: What sort of project drives your creativity? Follow Up: What is your dream project?
SH: Anything that forces me to think on my feet while pushing me out of my comfort zone. While I mostly work in stills at this point, I’ve been slightly obsessed with vine as it’s an entirely new problem in that it’s video and it’s only six seconds, so you need to figure out the entire story arc and direction in advance as opposed to editing it together afterward as you might do with stills.
Lots of dream projects. Would love to spend some time traveling in Asia: meeting people and telling stories from a part of the world that I really don’t know too much about. That or going to the Bonneville salt flats and drifting fast cars.
ONA: What is the hardest thing about being a photographer/videographer?
SH: For me, it’s probably the business side of things: making sure that all your records are up to date, invoicing, keeping everything straight and orderly and making sure that it all ends up where it should while making sure everyone gets paid.
ONA: Describe your style of shooting.
SH: While i do a lot of research on shots that I’d like to get, at the end of the day my style is a little more run and gun: trying to catch things in the moment without overthinking them too much.
ONA: In one sentence, what advice would you give to a photographer/videographer just starting out?
SH: Keep trying new things.
ONA: How did you hear about us?
SH: Through friends: you’ve been working with a great group of photographers and I saw the bags around with them, so it was great to hear from you about a potential collaboration.