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What do you believe is the secret to happiness?
"Best friends, warm weather, wine and having your animal companion by your side."
JONATHAN CHERRY: What did you want to be growing up?
DUSTIN CANTRELL: I wanted to make films and still sort of do.
JC: Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?
DC: For awhile now Vivian Maier has been inspiring me. Her photos are beyond amazing and I’m fascinated by the whole story about her.
JC: What are you up to right now?
DC: I’m currently working on a portrait project about couchsurfers. I hosted quite a bit when I lived in San Francisco and surfed a little while backpacking in Europe. It’s really an amazing experience having a complete stranger come to your house and feel like their an old friend. The project keeps me connected with the community and gives me a thrill even if I dislike the portrait I end up taking. The long term goal of the project is to capture a couchsurfer in every state and to eventually put out a book. You can check out the project here.
JC: Have you had mentors along the way?
DC: When I was living in Australia I assisted for Gina Milicia. I learned lots of useful things from her. The most important thing I learned was realizing photography is my real passion and how to be comfortable with any subject no matter how famous they might be.
JC: Where are you based right now and how is it shaping you?
DC: I’m currently living an hour and a half north of San Francisco and feel like I’m not doing as much because of my location. I’m planning on moving closer to the city next year to be able to shoot more personal work.
JC: One piece of advice to photography graduates?
DC: Get out and travel. I can’t imagine the person I would be if I never traveled. And, I highly recommend traveling alone because you learn so much about yourself.
JC: If all else fails - what is your plan B?
DC: I don’t have a plan B because I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life.
JC: Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community?
DC: I’m not really part of any creative community, which is probably not a good idea.
I’m heading back to NYC soon.
I have availability on the 25th and 27th for #couchsurferportraits, engagement sessions, and portraits. And, if you still don’t know about my couchsurfing project please check out the link in my profile.
I’m super thankful for all of the new followers and likes. Please spread the word if you know anyone that might be interested.
San Francisco, CA
"I’ve now been a member of CS for over 3 years.
In that time, I have hosted over 2100 people [1510+ days], have been hosted once or twice, have had as many as 11 people at the same time in my apartment (mostly due to what I call [SOS] requests) and have been to so many meetings, I’ve stopped counting :)…”
Photographer Dustin Cantrell takes portraits of Couchsurfers in their homes.
Why do you have a couch surfing profile?
"I have a couchsurfing profile because I want to have faith in people. There is so much good in this world and in its citizens and often times I feel like people have a tendency to get scared and forget that."
Check more of Dustin’s portraits here!
If you’re interested in being part of the project and live in the USA, you may contact him at email@example.com.