We had the good fortune of connecting with Preston Yarger and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Preston, we’d love to hear about a book that’s had an impact on you.
Over the past few years I have intensely yearned for more of a connection to my cultural heritage and ancestral background, as I feel it helps ground my worldview and feel more of a connection to the world around me. Recently I read an incredible book called “Children of Ash and Elm” by Neil Price. It’s an authentic and down-to-earth look at the history of Nordic and Scandinavian people, and their lifestyles and traditions. It’s presented through an honest and progressive worldview that doesn’t favor one side or the actions they partook in, but helps to understand the WHY. Neil Price is also an incredible word-smith and has real boots-on-the-ground experience as an archeologist in the region.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a Photographer and Filmmaker. As an artist I am extremely visual, and I like to focus on the person, which is why I primarily shoot Portrait Photography. My photography has been published in multiple magazines, including Wired and Revolver. I think I’m still deep in the throws of discovering myself and my voice, but I feel I have really begun to hone that in over the past couple of years. I love dystopian stories and characters, as one can see in my photos and films, and I have a deep interest in fashion. I have trouble expressing and sharing about my art because I despise being the center of attention and it feels conceded to talk about myself, but I enjoy sharing the work I’ve done that I take pride in. Especially with my Wasteland photography, I love to share the voice and stories of other creatives.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Food culture is such a huge part of the LA experience for me, if someone came to visit, I would take them to hit up every possible food spot I can. For food, we would HAVE to hit up the following (non-negotiable): – Trejo’s Tacos – Eggslut – Tommy’s Original Hamburgers – Dave’s Hot Chicken – The Dolly Llama – Cassel’s – Grand Central Market – Umami Burger – Tacos 1986 As far as entertainment goes, Alamo Drafthouse. Unfortunately it’s closed currently due to covid, but when it’s open it’s the absolute BEST place to see a movie, the food is utterly incredible and the bar-cade is such a fun environment. Literally a huge choice in choosing the current place I live was being within walking distance of Alamo Drafthouse.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
At the moment I think my biggest recognition goes to my fiance Mary Flynn. Life has been difficult for everyone over this past year, but her support and championing of my pursuits has helped immensely.