We had the good fortune of connecting with Zach Moffatt and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Zach, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
When I was in high school there was a very large, youthful music scene. You would see posters everywhere for this band of the other and they all had something of the same art style. I would later become close friends with the young man who was responsible for all those posters around town. Upon realizing how much of a influence his art had on my experience with music, I quickly began to understand the place that holds in history and time. I later in life met Karen Mason Blair who you do not instantly know by name, but if you were to see her photographs of Kurt Cobain and Pearl Jam you would instantly recognize her influence on how you consumed that music. I would want people to first remember me for being a happy person, but secondarily for being a photographer or videographer that contributed to the experience of enjoying music.

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Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a photographer who has adapted to be a videographer. What I love the most about this particular art form is the documentation of life. I enjoy capturing real moments that occur and doing it from a perspective not many visualize their memories/moments in.

I think what sets me apart from other photographers is my love for depth of field. I love to have my lens set up to find this particular one thing to focus on and allow everything else to be blurry and indistinguishable. Today with the boom of photography I don’t see others taking this approach with their DSLRs. There is such a passion I feel when the slow turn of my manual focus meets the sound of the shutter and whats produced is a perfect deep depth shot of a single face in a crowd.

Learning photography is not easy. I feel like I am still learning new fundamentals every day. One thing about any art is finding what fuels the fire of this expression. Often you face a lot of false fuels like vanity and income. When you’re able to dig deep to find what you truly love, if you love, this art form you can face a lot of other challenges easily. I used to face the problem of not believing in the photographs I took. Theres the mindset of comparing yourself to others in your field and that can crush a young artist in any medium. The true lesson in it all is to find the rooted love of what you’re doing.

I would like folks to know I put pride in what it is I produce and brand. When you see my logo or branding on a piece of clients work it means I felt a connection with the production of this. It means I am happy to present it to you, and I love what that I was the documentarian that got to tell this story.

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If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is a fantastic question because I just did this with my mother who visited me for a week and I had to freestyle this.

I would pick them up from the airport and quickly drive to the nearest Buc-ee’s. This is a sight every one on earth needs to see. The first time I stepped into that store a child like wonder washed over me as I thought about what other modern marvels could exist that I never knew about. I would take my friend there so I can see this very expression on someones face.

We would explore downtown Dallas for some dinner. I love taking company to Terry Blacks when they come from an area that doesnt serve much BBQ.

Anyone I would have come visit me must also be into sports. We would plan our whole trip over the attempt to see the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Mavericks. I have become quite a fan of Globe Life Field.

Hopefully there is some music playing in Deep Ellum so we have a reason to walk about the streets and enjoy the nightlife. I love the wide culture in Dallas and all the life you see popping up around town.

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Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to push credit to at least half my success to The Lowdown Drifters. They are a band out of Fort Worth, Texas but previously in Seattle, Washington. They never let me quit being a photographer and always found me for videos when I least expected to get another job. They allowed me to grow.

Website: https://zachmoffatt.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zachmoffatt/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/whoszachmoffatt

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zachthemoffatt

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1EH_xMSZf2KIcLKiftlSuw

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Image Credits
(Yellow and black dressed band) – Local Union (band)
(Man on blue chair) – Tom Sless (musician)
(Girl in black and white) – Amberleigh West (model)
(Man in black and white) – l0rd lumpia (musician)
(Crowd) – No Credits
(Three Men On Stage) – Grady Spencer and the Work (band)
(Man and woman on roof) – Zach Bryan for the album cover of Elisabeth (musican)
(Dark guitarist) – Dylan Welsh of The Lowdown Drifters (band)

All photos taken by me, Zach Moffatt

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