Momenta welcomes this week’s guestagrammer, Brian Reich
Current job: Speechwriter, communications strategist, etc.
Current location: New York, NY
Connection to Momenta: I was part of a Momenta Workshop in New Orleans a few years back – I am a proud alum and big fan.
Tell us about your journey as an image-maker and how you got to where you are today.
I took a photography class in middle school, but I didn’t really commit to being an image-maker until a few years ago. I still mostly traffic in words – writing books, speeches and similar. But there are things that I see and know I need my camera to help communicate. I still don’t shoot as much as I would like, but I always have my camera with me and I’m learning new things every day.
What stories or issues are you most passionate about covering?
I work a lot in politics and sports. I am not that interested in covering people stories, I’d rather cover things that make up the world we live in – signs, buildings, moments in time.
Where do you look for inspiration for your work: books, movies, authors, photographers, art, certain people?
I look everywhere, at everything – I find inspiration from all sorts of things that I encounter in my life. I am constantly taking notes and keeping lists of ideas and trying to put myself in a position to experience new things and see what gets triggered in my imagination.
What social media or news feeds do you follow regularly? In terms of image-makers, I mostly follow news/documentary and sports photographers. I want to learn how others see the world that I am also watching and how they translate what is happening. But I also follow thousands of people who are discussing the news, sharing their experiences and using their discussions to spark ideas for what I might want to go looking to shoot.
What is one passion you have outside of photography that might come as a surprise to our readers?
Stadiums. I love visiting ballparks and arenas, not just to watch games but to see how the buildings themselves influence the fan experience and the community.
What can we expect to see this week from your guestagramming on our Momenta Instagram account?
I’m going to try to focus on things that get overlooked in every day life. The stuff we all walk past and don’t pay much attention to, but make up the world all around us.