Surfing, Skateboarding, Music, Photography, Travel, Culture and general antics of the youth on the run.

Photo Credit: David Evanko Portfolio 032: Memory Hoarding

what youth photo credit david evanko

David Evanko, also know as Minivan, is an amazing photographer and avid music fiend. He’s at every single show I’m ever at (and even the ones I skip) and consistently blows my mind with his live shots. He’s photographed almost every relevant band (Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Kim and the Created), and still manages to keep his shots fresh, stimulating, even visceral, almost like you were there watching the show all along. Check out his gallery below and get ready to fall in love with live music again. —Maya Eslami

WHAT YOUTH: Do you remember your first photo you took?

DAVID EVANKO: Not exactly. I have an early memory of finding my parents’ polaroid camera and snapping away at anything I could. I don’t remember what I was taking photos of, just that it was fun.

Describe your approach to photography?

I love candid shots. Our demeanor changes when we know we have a camera pointed at us so I do my best to find honest moments. I think that’s why I focus mainly on live music, it’s such a raw form of energy and it brings out the organic side of people.

Were you classically trained at all?

I took an intro to photography class while in college. Aside from that, everything I’ve learned has been through experience and advice from friends.

Who’s work inspires you?

Glen Friedman’s stuff is what got me into photography originally and I find myself referring back to him constantly. I also meet a lot of photographers on the road who are touring around with musicians or just people doing cool shit and I really admire their dedication. I met Bob Gruen recently which blew my mind. He gave me some insight that allowed me to look at photography differently and re-stoke me on things I was getting burned out on.

Have you ever photographed something that made you uncomfortable or scared?

I shot a wedding once.

CLICK ON GALLERY FOR FULL SCREEN VIEW:

What makes a good photograph?

Something that lets you feel like you were in that exact moment in time or allows you to view a subject differently.

Favorite camera?

I have a Vivitar 600 and a Pentax K1000 that have been through everything with me. I’ve recently started experimenting with instant cameras and I’m hoping to integrate them into my work more.

Interests outside photography?

I dedicate most of my time to surfing and playing music. I also love to skate but injuries have forced me to put that aside and I’ve become pretty big on rock climbing instead. Boredom makes me freak out a little so if I have a free weekend I’ll usually just drive out somewhere to climb and camp for the night.

What pushes you outside your comfort zone?

That thing I said about boredom freaking me out. I hate it, but it’s always getting me to try something new.

Why do you take photos?

I’m a bit of a hoarder, I think photography is my way of hoarding memories. I have piles of shitty photos that I can’t get rid of because I’ll stumble across them once in awhile and be reminded of something completely irrelevant but I’ll be happy. If future generations can look at my photos and feel any kind of connection with the things we’re enjoying in this era then I’ll feel good about what I’ve left.

Photo Credit: Stefan Kocev Portfolio 012

A beautiful array of images from a friend of a friend.

what youth surfing waves

Photo Credit: Seth Stafford Portfolio 011

Seth Stafford spent much of his career shooting photographs for the now out of print TransWorld Surf Mag. Now he spends his time surfing and skating and shooting more photos. And as you’ll see below, the New Jersey native has accumulated quite a surreal catalog of photographs during that career — working with and shooting both…

Photo Credit: Gutterdust Portfolio 010

Gutterdust is the epic alias of Andy Wauman, artist, photographer and wanderer.

Josh Zucker shoots Geoff Rowley what youth photo credit

Photo Credit: Josh Zucker Portfolio 009

Josh Zucker hangs with a sick crew. At only 21 years old he’s already worked for Vans and Flip, is practically an honorary member of Odd Future, kicks it on Fairfax casually and has traveled the world with “it” crews as well as a solid batch of skateboarding legends. His demeanor is polite, friendly and…

Nolan hall photo credit what youth

Photo Credit: Nolan Hall Portfolio 008

Working for Vans puts you in some pretty good company. And when your’e a cool cat like Nolan Hall, you’re going to get to document dudes authentically. In the wild. How they are. Unique, creative, fucked up and amazing. Nolan has been traveling the world snapping photos for a long time and we hit him…

Woody Gooch photo credit what youth

Photo Credit: Woody Gooch Portfolio 007

When we asked Woody Gooch about his name, all he said was: “Woodya mean?” Followed by: “I don’t really have a fucking clue how I got the name of two male private parts. I still haven’t asked my parents. No one ever believes me that my name is Woody Gooch.” But we’ll be damned if…

Photo Credit: Isaac Zoller Portfolio 006

Isaac Zoller is a photographer from Laguna Beach — which must fucking rule because his photography is a myriad of rad and inspiring things. Waves, women, scenics, bands, models, rebellion. He’s not a one trick shooter. We asked him to curate some images and he submitted like 6,000 images that were all worthy. We somehow…

Brooks Sterling photography surfing and skateboarding photos what youth

Photo Credit: Brooks Sterling Portfolio 005

Brooks Sterling has found himself on the deck of some pretty prestigious empty pools. In the lineup with some of our favorite surfers. And designing some of our favorite brands’ websites. He’s a multi-talented art man, specializing in photography, design, typography and graphic design. We asked him to curate a small selection of images, themed…

Nick Lavecchia photo credit on what youth

Photo Credit: Nick Lavecchia Portfolio 004

Nick Lavecchia doesn’t exactly live in the hub of the surf world or industry. He doesn’t live near a big city where icons of stage and screen and fashion and surfing frequent. He lives in Maine. That lonely and beautiful state up in the tip top right of America. For years he’s invited some of…

Andrew Schoener surfing photography what youth

Photo Credit: Andrew Schoener Portfolio 003

Shooting film photography is probably the best way to go bankrupt in the current media climate. From processing fees, expensive film and only 24 attempts on each roll, it’s the only thing less efficient than walking across country barefoot. And to shoot film while swimming, well that’s just maniacal. And it’s exactly what our friend…

Quinn Matthews photo credit what youth kolohe andino

Photo Credit: Quinn Matthews Portfolio 002

PHOTOS AND CAPTIONS: Quinn Matthews Quinn Matthews is a young, talented and ambitious photographer from California. He recently went to Hawaii with a fresh eye, met Nate Lawrence and sent us this batch of really unique looks from Hawaii. While I personally think Nate Lawrence is just recruiting more and more young photographers so he…

indonesia surfing what youth

Photo Credit: Hamish Humphreys Portfolio 001

ALL PHOTOS AND CAPTIONS: Hamish Humphreys It’s no big secret that What Youth photographer Nate Lawrence is one of the world’s best. What’s not known is what an incredible teacher and visionary he is behind the scenes. Hamish Humphreys is a testament to that. As we’ve documented in detail, we met Hamish about two years…

Sign up for letters from What Youth