Guillermo Quetzalcoatl is a photographic beast! Here at Oak City Hustle we see a lot of creative people come through the squad but nobody has hustled harder that Guillermo. Not only is his work ethic first rate but the quality of his work is unhinged. If that’s not enough, he’s a really nice guy. Oh great, now I’m blushing…
How old were you when you first picked up a camera and caught the photography bug?
“I was about 13 years old when I can recall my earliest memories with a camera coming from a trip to Mexico with my Dad and my uncle back in 1999. I remember having a camera and really “trying to take photographs” the best way any teenager could. Shortly after that trip, I developed the passion that would spark most of the important decisions of my life, playing the bass guitar. However, I would continue burning through rolls of film and spending countless hours in a darkroom with my first love of photography until I relocated from Chicago, IL, to Boston, MA, to attend Berklee College of Music.”
Which photographers do you consider to be an influence on your work?
“The biggest photographer I consider to be an influence to my work would be Todd Owyoung. He and his brother, Chris, create some truly inspiring work for bands, magazines, and big name clients. It wasn’t until after my wife bought me a DSLR as a wedding gift back in the summer of 2012 that I would photograph my first band in March, 2013 after not shooting with a SLR camera since about 2003. It was Todd’s work that really opened my eyes to what could be done and that would later marry my love of music to my passion of photography. After reading some of Todd’s articles and reviews, I took what I learned and ran with it from photographing local bands with less than 20 people in small bars to festivals with over 10,000 people! Also Ryan Hunter, who works for Guitar Center, consistently puts out beautiful work that I look forward to seeing month after month.”
What can we expect from you and your work in the future? Where can we see more of your photography?
“In the future I hope you all can get to see my versatility and development as photographer. 2014 has given me tremendous amounts of opportunities that have really helped me develop both in skill and confidence. I have my first wedding on the books for 2015 and I have recently started opening myself up for more portraits and freelance work. I have been hitting the streets of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill more frequently, in hopes to connect more and more with North Carolina and it’s diverse cultures and communities. Expect to see me out and about with my camera always looking to connect with the Triangle. Usually I can be found at any of the various coffee shops, record stores, or bars and breweries. My work can be found with the 2 Quarts Podcast, Resound Magazine, and this fine publication, Oak City Hustle Magazine. My website, www.guillermogqphoto.photoshelter.com is currently in a rebrand phase at the moment, but I can be contacted through various social media sites.”