This is Episode 3 of our new series, TogTees Presents. In each Episode, we will select a photographer from somewhere around the world who is a fan of TogTees, and showcase their photography with a short interview. To be considered for a feature, please contact us.
In this Episode, we interview local Philadelphia photographer Darren Burton, a multifaceted photographer, who shoots street, portrait, editorial, wedding, food and commercial photography.
Darren is known as much for his attention to capturing the details of daily life, as he is for his strong, moody scenes, sometimes manipulated just enough to make you wonder if what you're seeing is real or not.
Darren has been a good friend of TogTees since before we even launched, and today we are proud to present our interview with him.
- Tell us about yourself. For example: Where are you from, where do you live, what type of work do you do?
I’m Darren Burton. I’m a freelance photographer based here in Philadelphia. Currently, I shoot many campaigns, events, and urban/street photography.
- Tell us about your photography. How and when did you start photography? What do you like to photograph?
I started shooting on March 15th 2012. It went from it being a hobby of mine to months later, people randomly reaching out wanting me to shoot things for them haha.
Although Events pay the bills, I enjoy just capturing life, the elements, the little things. To me. It’s always about capturing those moments, and being able to look at it years later and not only being able to tell the stories, but to somewhat relive them through memories.
- What is your primary camera? Why do you like it? What is your primary film? Why do you like it?
My primary camera and lens is a Nikon D500 with a Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 Art lens. Since it’s a crop sensor, you can basically get the range of a 24-70mm for a fraction of the price. I like my D500 because it’s capable of shooting anything from sports to weddings. The image quality is pretty damn good for a crop haha. As far as film, I like using my Nikon F5. It was a super cheap 35mm and it gets the job done.
- Tell us about what you’re working on now or next? What types of photo projects?
Right now I’m not working on anything but staying sane and brainstorming new ways of income that are photography related. So be on the look out for that...whatever that may be lololol
- Suggest 1-2 photographers you really like that you would recommend people follow.
All images used with permission of the photographer.
A big thanks to Darren for the interview. Please be sure to check out his powerful photography at @darrenburton_ and at darrenburton.us. In addition, you can check out the TogTees x Darren Burton collab we launched a couple years ago.
Stay tuned for the next episode, coming soon.