The work of LA-based photographer and director Evan Lane is unapologetically honest. His photography takes the form of a visual diary, documenting organic and relatable moments. His photos maintain that inherent effortlessness – breaths of life on pause. In 2012 Evan launched Langly, to bridge the fashion and functionality of camera bags. Today Langly can be seen on photographers on 5 continents and Evan can still be found on the road chasing down shots.
WHAT'S INSIDE YOUR LANGLY?
Canon 5D Mark II 50mm F1.2L, 100mm F2.0L, 24-70mm 2.8, Canon F-1 with 50mm 1.4, 28mm 2.8, Leica m6 with 50mm Summilux Contax T2
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO EXPLORE?
As human beings we are defined by our unique experiences. Exploration is about self discovery, it stimulates my internal growth and gives me a new gained perspective on the life. The idea is to be learning for the rest of my life. My camera is my device for setting my experiences into stone.
WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION?
I am inspired by everything around me. Our past and the organic evolution of things, the beauty of our earth. Human behavior, human interactions, life and death. I am humbled by how small we are in the scheme of things.
FILM VS DIGITAL?
I shoot both. I think they both have different effects psychologically on both photographer and subject. Film has more weight to it both physically and mentally. With film I'm not as focused on the final product, there is no screen to preview the image. It forces you to think more about the subject matter and to be more precise and efficient because there is a set number of frames. Aesthetically, film has something that digital can never emulate. The fact that chemistry is involved and not just ones and zeros is where the magic lies. The fact that the process with film is much more intricate, fragile and imperfect is what makes it more robust in my opinion. With all that said, digital has made it practical for me to keep up and make a living off photography. For me it has always been more about the subject matter than the medium I am shooting on.
WHAT'S YOUR MOST MEMORABLE PHOTO?
When I got my first camera I took this shot of a hot-air balloon floating delicately between two brownstones. It was one of those moments where I pivoted my foot and there it was gift wrapped for me. There is this amazing excitement that is still there today when I capture a shot that takes me by surprise. It's hard to even recognize or accept it as something that belongs to you. It almost feels stolen.