We had the good fortune of connecting with Osei Key and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Osei, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
Persistence matter most to me. I’ve always found that if I really wanted something or go somewhere. The only way it was going to happen is if I worked hard and was persistent. I breathed , ate, and dreamt about it until it was real. When I learned to shoot film it was an everyday practice. I shot, I took notes, read books, listen to other photographers, YouTube, Google and whatever else it took until I got the photos I wanted. Then I had to learn to develop the film and again it took persistence. Day in and day out shootI got and processing until I got it right. Tons of photos lost to the process of learning but right now I’m in a good place. Still I have much to learn, the learning will never stop. Learning is really my favorite part!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
At the moment I’m just doing as much traveling as I can. As a child I wanted to see the world. As I get older I realize tomorrow isn’t guaranteed so I’ve been traveling any and everywhere I can with my camera and skateboard. That’s really all I’ve been focused on this year. But I do have much more to come very soon!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I mean I guess it depends on the friend who is coming and what they like to do. But if it was me this is what I would do?! On a perfect day: Wake up and get ready as early as my body wants. Either cook breakfast at home or hit up The Pantry or Cassells Hamburger. I love cooking but sometimes I want to be cooked for and cleaned up after, and those two places are my go to. The Pantry reminds me of a diner from back home in Taunton Massachusetts this diner called Off Broadway Diner. That place is the best! Cassells is just straight fire! Their breakfast sausage patties they make are to die for and the hash browns oh man! I mean everything on their menu is a winner but I’m a simple breakfast kinda guy, eggs, bacon, toast and French toast sometimes I add hash browns and avocado. Then I’m cruising down all of Broadway st shooting pictures and just enjoying the Blvd. Then off to a skate spot or park to link up with homies. Skate all day then eat again. Now this one is hard to pick just one. LA is filled with amazing food spots so it really up to the mood I’m in. Sometimes o don’t even go out I will go home and cook or find a grill and grill up some meat and veggies. It’s really up to my mood with changes like New England weather. It’s unpredictable! In a perfect world I would be able to checkout some photo galleries but I don’t know of any in LA so I still go and check out painting and what not. Then probably go home and kick it family and friends. The next day probably do the same thing just might swap something out for the beach, pretty much any beach that’s not to popular. More low key the better. Maybe hit up Crawford’s for fried chicken and beer then Tony’s Saloon for something a little stronger if they wanted. Or a night cruise up Malibu and the mountains, or through downtown. The possibilities are endless here in LA it’s really up to you to decide what you want to do and I will show you the place you want to go.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I mean if I’m going to shoutout the person who helped me get to where I am today it would be an incredibly long list. Everyone I’ve met and all my family in part are the reason I am who and where I am today. I learn something from everyone I meet or interact with. Whether their a good influence or a bad influence I still learn something. So I want to thank you All!