To kick off our new blog and interview series about creators, we talked to our very own @kidsc0tt to discuss photography, art, and Atlanta.
Scott has a very interesting and unique approach to art. One of the most alluring aspects of his work is his ability to create a consistent presentation through a unique titling process and the noir style he implements into his videos. In an increasingly stimulus content culture, this process of uniformity not only allows the viewer to identify with the consistency in his work but also adds an extra layer of depth to his expression.
Scott falls into a new age category of photographer / videographer and executes both very well. His Instagram story is one of the most original we’ve seen. He is very involved with the photography community and has a strong interaction with his followers. He also happens to be one of the hardest working people we know, so we wanted to share a little bit of his mind.
Q: Scott, for our readers who aren’t as familiar with your work can you please introduce yourself.
S: My name is Scott Valladares, I’m originally from Las Vegas and I moved to Georgia three years ago. I am a photographer, videographer, and semi-graphic designer. And I do accounting on the side.
Q: How did the name Kid Scott come about. Is there a special meaning behind it?
S: So Kid Scott started a long time ago when I used to rap with my cousins. They called me Young Scott, it was like my hip hop name. I would use it for all my mix tapes and all that stuff. This was about 13 years ago, and within my younger years it progressively started to turn into Kid Scott. I said I didn’t want to be young any more but I wanted to be a kid, so I started calling myself Kid Scott. I got into photography when I was younger as well and that became my photography name, I would use it when I would shoot people and house parties.
Q: Which do you prefer, photography or videography? And which took you longer to grasp?
S: That’s hard because I love photography as a whole. And I love videography as a technique. I can pan, create scenes and storylines when creating a video. But I feel like photography is something that I enjoy the most. It took me a lot longer to learn than video, I’m just learning video even though I went to school for photography. But in a lot of ways they are the same thing, rules overlap.
Q: What is your weapon of choice when it comes to photography?
S: At the moment I have a Canon 5D Mark 2, a Canon 24mm to 105mm, and a Sigma 15mm fisheye, and a Canon 50mm 1.8.
Q: What is the story behind the definitions you use for your captions?
S: To be honest, I started doing it because I hated captions and this allowed me to share my images faster. Eventually however, it turned into something people were really responding to. I had people tell me that it helped them see my story and for others it was educational.
Q: What is your process for picking out a definition?
S: I usually stay with a photo until it inspires me. Once think of a few words, I either google the definition or find its synonyms to repeat the process.
Q: Is it safe to say you have a big vocabulary?
S: It has been a great way to learn new words I’ve not known about. Having them associated with your art is definitely a great way to do it.
Q: Why the noir style?
S: Simplicity was the main reason; however, it was also the the aesthetic that I was drawn to. I also enjoy the quality noir style brings out in my subjects.
Q: What is your definition of art? What does art mean to you?
S: That’s a pretty deep question. I’ve always considered my art as natural - not in the sense of nature but in the sense of being able to take what is comfortable within myself and not have to worry about being boxed into anything. Even when it comes to snapchat I don't like to expose myself, but I like to expose my art. I think the only thing that exposes myself is my name, because Scott is in there. But I think art is just what makes you comfortable, what makes you feel happy and what makes you feel loved.
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Q: Are there any special personal projects that you’ve been working on?
Scott: I have a lot of personal projects I’ve been working on but I’m focusing on two at the moment. The first is a zine I am hoping to complete called ‘Pastels,” which is essentially just a 24 photo collection using all pastel colors combined. I also have a ‘Silhouette’ project - for this one I would really like to have a 15 photo gallery set up.
Q: What would you say is your superpower?
S: Drive. I’m always willing to get up and do something even if I can’t commit to it 100%. I have the ability to say “Let's do it.”
Q: What is your message for other artists?
Scott: Just never give up, enjoy what you do, have fun. Love what you do and keep doing it.
Q: How do you connect with the creative community?
Scott: A lot of my connecting is through instagram, that's the biggest community I’m into at the moment. Especially in Atlanta, I can ask somebody to hang out and they can meet me anywhere in the downtown area to get some photos. I think there’s a lot of cool meetups like WeloveATL and the Atlanta Urban Photo walk. And even just with friends.
Q: What are the two big lessons you've learned in the last couple years?
Scott: Shut up and slow down.
Q: Where can people get a hold of you?
Scott: At the moment, I have an Instagram and a snapchat: @KidSc0tt. Website coming soon.