The world is swarming with people who think they are photographers. Media sharing platforms such as Instagram, Tumblr, Flickr, VSCO, and even Twitter have allowed anyone to snap a “quality” photo. However, what most of these people don’t have is a true eye nor passion for taking good, quality, and eye pleasing photos. With that being said, meet Al Futura.
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with the 19 year old photographer out of Atlanta. This creative has made a name for himself taking photos of the most popular artists of today, such as Lil Yachty, Playboi Carti, Quavo, and many more. Although the vast majority would feel pressured or nervous to work with such names, that doesn’t seem to be the case at all for Al. All he wants is to keep pushing until his photography can be seen on a larger scale.
During our brief conversation, Al spoke about everything from his new photo book Broke Unknown Teenage Photographer, to what brought him to snap his first photo. Read our conversation below.
So could you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m Al Futura, a 19 year old creative and I currently live in Atlanta. I have many passions, but taking photos is what has been sticking to me lately. I’ve been taking photos for 2 years. In my head it’s only been one because thats when I started taking photography seriously. I started to believe in myself.
How did you get into photography?
In high school I had a group of friends and whenever we could, we would put on our favorite pieces and go shoot. I remember them thinking that being the photographer over the model was such a drag but me, I was always happy to be behind the camera and thats pretty much how it all started. I graduated high school 2 years ago.
How did you get the opportunity to take photos of people like Lil Yachty, Playboi Carti, and Quavo?
I’ve never actually have gotten an “opportunity”. That’s a big reason why I chose the name ‘Broke Unknown Teenage Photographer’ for my book. It’s as honest as it gets. My photos of people such as Yachty, Carti, and Quavo all come from me trying to catch people at the right moment. The photos of Yachty and Carti are from the same night, it was at a show at this small venue in Atlanta. I remember shoving my way to the front of the crowd and standing on a rail for both. I waited outside of this Migos listening party in the rain to catch Quavo.
“I have so many ideas that deal with a lot of creatives being in the same room admiring art.”
What’s your biggest accomplishment so far in photography?
I’d say that my biggest accomplishment thus far is ‘broke unknown teenage photographer’, my photo book. Mostly because of the time span of the photos in it. It has photos that I feel started my love for photography, ranging from one year ago until just a couple months back.
Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years?
I just want to be comfortable with where I am, financially. I’ll never feel comfortable mentally I always find myself wanting more. I can’t really look that far ahead though life is too unpredictable.
Did you expect the response you got from your book “Broke Unknown Teenage Photographer”?
I honestly did not expect the response that I got from ‘Broke Unknown Teenage Photographer’. It’s the first piece of art that I’ve ever put on the internet for sale, and the fact that people are buying it is so sick to me. I made it super affordable because I wanted anyone who wants one to be able to have it. Fifteen dollars. The same price as a gram of weed. I know what it feels like to be broke and want things.
If you could take photos of one person you haven’t met yet who is it?
I think that taking photos of Tyler, The Creator would be so sick. That is something that I’ve wanted for a while. He plays a big part in the reason that I am doing what I do now. He is one of the people I look up to that make me feel like it’s ok to be myself. I look at him as guidance.
Where do you want to take your photography?
I want my photography to be in magazines. I want my parents to be able to go in to stores and pick up a magazine with a cover that I shot. I also want people to like my photos enough that I can do galleries and have huge turnouts. I have so many ideas that deal with a lot of creatives being in the same room admiring art.
What’re some goals you have for the rest of the year?
As far as photography, this year I need to shoot a cover for Fader magazine. I also need to make money from photography; I’m tired of being broke. My main goal is to branch off and show the world all the things that I’m good at. Right now I’m working on many things that I personally think are way cooler than my book. I am a creative and not just a photographer, and this year I will show everyone just that.
Follow Al on twitter @alxfutura to see what he will be doing next.