JONATHAN CHERRY: What did you want to be growing up?
DANNY LANE: I’ve always wanted to be an actor for as long as I can remember. It shaped my life through college and then it started to feel impossible. I’m still growing up and I still want to be an actor.
JC: Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?
DL: I love 80s minimalism. Photos and especially music. My friends make fun of me. I’ll listen to a lot of classical music, modern-experimental, etc… but I always come back to minimal 80s dance music… and I usually play that when I am shooting.
JC: What are you up to right now?
DL: I just finished a black and white diary project for a magazine in Boston. I’ve been doing my usual test shoots for model agencies, recording music with my band and hanging out with my family a lot. I definitely have a nice amount of sessions lined up. I’m really excited to put together collections from those.
JC: Have you had mentors along the way?
DL: If you mean with photography - no. I’ve taught myself everything.
JC: Where are you based right now and how is it shaping you?
DL: I’m based in New York and I actually think it’s kind of tough over here. When I write to people, it is never the ones from New York who write back. People seem more accepting in other cities and countries… but this could be because I’ve lived in New York my whole life and I’m jaded like everyone else.
JC: One piece of advice to photography graduates?
DL: Immerse yourself. I find I do best at times when I REALLY dig in. Research aspects of photography and find out for yourself how the whole thing works. Who shoots for who? What does this function on my camera do? What’s the difference between commercial and editorial? Why would I choose Sony or Canon? When do I need a flash? Stuff like that..
JC: If all else fails - what is your plan B?
DL: Oh, I’ll be an elevator mechanic in no time. I know if I go to college again, I can became a psychiatrist… but man! Go to college again?!?!
JC: Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community?
DL: It depends on what you do. If you’re a musician, yea, you should befriend other bands and stuff. When I was doing theater, I did feel like it was important to be around the theatre… but with photography, it feels like every man for himself… at least in my experience. If you can find a community of cool people who are accepting of your work - go with that, for sure. Being a part of a community usually means more gigs and more feedback. That can never hurt.