Daniel Regan lives and works between Los Angeles and New York. The photos he shot for us are taken in both cities and in both interior and exterior spaces.
Springtide: Where did you grow up?
Dan: Venice, California.
Springtide: Where do you live now?
Dan: Between Venice, Downtown LA, and New York.
Springtide: What brought you there?
Dan: Life... I try to stay as close to my neighborhood as possible. I draw a lot of inspiration from there. My soul and heart is there with them, the places that are left and the people that are left - downtown was about separating and creating a safe place, a sanctuary... a place of peace, where I am fully in control of my environment. My studio is there. New York is my transition, my even further place that I get to call home that is so far removed from my upbringing - where I have the most pure potential to do what I do.
Springtide: Do you have a quality that gets you in trouble?
Dan: I am trouble - but in a good way - I am hard on myself and hard on the people I care for. I also have a short attention span , I like to be challenged.
Springtide: What do you find interesting or intriguing about a person? Does a specific type of beauty interest you?
Dan: Real people are what I find the most beautiful - authenticity. When people's reasons for living / surviving are authentic and genuine it shows through and I am so attracted to that. Most of the time special people haven't realized they are so - watching the way they move and grow becomes a real honorable thing to witness.
Springtide: Have you studied formally or informally?
Dan: Informally. I was a drop out so everything I do I've been self taught / no school.
Springtide: What style of education has been most effective for you?
Dan: My mentors, youth and my self have been my greatest teachers. The people I seek out, young or old and unknowingly... I learn so much from them.
Springtide: Have you had a memorable teacher who’s ideals stuck with you? If so, what did they teach you?
Dan: Charles. He told me that sparrows fly south for the winter and that one sparrow always waits so long to leave the nest - so by the time he leaves the nest his wings froze and he fell from the sky. When he fell he landed in a barn. Once in the barn, a horse came along and shit on the sparrow. The sparrow became upset thinking this is how his life would end but slowly the shit warms up the sparrow and his wings begin to move so he starts singing this beautiful song. A cat hears this song coming from a pile of shit so he starts to dig and finds the sparrow and eats him - moral of the story is not everyone that puts shit on you is your enemy and not everyone who takes shit off of you is your friend.
Springtide: What is the first piece of art – film, book, painting, sculpture etc you remember thinking was good/ made an impact on you?
Dan: Very young thing was Tupac. He was a complete artist to me at 9 years old... his music, his poetry, his acting, his charisma...he knew what he wanted to say and he lived it.
Springtide: Do you consider yourself a photographer?
Dan: I don't like to - I think I'm just an artist that photography make sense to as a medium right now. It allows me to tell the truth.
Springtide: How did you come up with the idea for No School? Do you have anyone you consistently collaborate with?
Dan: No school again comes from my lack of formal education and really about the message I want to send to the kids - it's ok if you don't have money to get to art school - life is your best teacher. Surround yourself with people you want to be like and soak up all the information and skills you can and you can teach yourself anything you want.
As far as collaborating, I have a few art director/creative director friends I'm constantly working on projects with - they're all people I respect and admire their path and we kind of just find each other over and over again. Also, subject wise for photography I try not to shoot people I don't believe in or understand well.. (with) a lot of my subjects our bond goes way beyond photographs.
Springtide: How important is working with a team?
Dan: I love surrounding my self with people that elevate what we do; however, I am selective and sensitive to who those people are.
Springtide: Do you let your intuition guide your creative process/ decisions on who to collaborate with?
Dan: Always. If my gut doesn't feel it or my heart, I can't be in it. I try to check down on those things as much as possible or insulate myself.
Springtide: Do you prefer to work digitally, with film (photography), or with video?
Dan: Film for now - video is to me the highest form of communication so I love getting the opportunity to make photographic videos - it's such a commitment that style of story telling. Photo is just easy to me at this point.
Springtide: Where do you like to go out?
Dan: Places with history.
Springtide: What possession of yours have you had for the longest amount of time?
Dan: Sage my blue nose.. we are going on 6 years. She's my constant and my angel.
Springtide: When are you the happiest?
Dan: When I am outside in my neighborhood making things with people I care about and believe in.