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GUSTO35 ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

WRITTEN BY: ALEC WELSH


Born in San Antonio, Texas, Austin's Father passed away when he was two and from there it was just his mother and himself living from place to place. Although she tried, his mother could never "fill that Father role for me, it always ended up being not the right fit for us". Austin is grateful for his Grandfather, who he identifies as that figure. "I didn't have too many friends, I was always real quiet and kept to myself".

When he was thirteen he started singing for fun but when it came to school, "I knew it wasn't for me" - " “I wanted to do something different with my life, be a leader, have all of the creative control” That's when he made the decision to make a Youtube channel when the platform was just beginning. It wasn't much, just him and a few close homies playing basketball or having a good time, but one of his peers convinced him to post a video of him singing. That ended getting more likes than anything they had posted prior, by a lot.

"I wanna do some creative shit that's going to inspire the youth and my friends" That's when they created a YouTube channel of Austin covering songs. Less than two years later, "Everyday I was on my grind, I just stopped doing school" by this time Austin had dropped out and was getting homeschooled by his Grandparents. "It was fun because I enjoyed seeing the progress".

Although it wasn't always effortless when it came to believing in himself - "In the beginning I knew I didn’t have the best voice and I only played a few instruments on a real basic level, but I loved coming up with new ideas and watching them develop. I started building a small army of fans". That's when girls stared flying him out to different states to perform at their birthday parties. His first show was in San Antonio for 400 people when he was just 15 years old. "It just started getting really big, really quick".

That's when he moved to Miami, where he's located currently. "We're on fire now" and he was not wrong, at this point he was touring with Taylor Swift. "I just went from a kid that didn't really know what he was doing, didn't really have the most skill, but I just dove in head first and just started rolling". His love for creativity as a whole is eternal, constantly growing and developing him.

One day, good friend gave him a 35mm film point and shoot camera. "Xavi from Gusto35 gave it to me, I didn't really know what it was about - Once he gave me that camera and put the power in my hands I realized, Life is like a roll.. It’s your choice which shots you take, so make them count. Don’t worry about if you got the right angle or not.. Have fun, trust your eye, and live in the moment. Film is art and there’s no wrong answer or do overs. It just is what it is.. beautiful the way you saw it”

He learned very quickly not to waste any stills, and to "keep it moving". A fan of the Miami lifestyle, Austin takes one every where he goes. "Damn that night was so crazy, you get the roll back and it's like 'so that’s what we did?'"

Austin's gotten so many camera's from his family, and boughten himself so many others but "Nothing beats a point and shoot". And as for his future and the future of film, "I'm in a situation right now where I'm finally free to create what I want, and it's never felt better".

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GUSTO35 ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

WRITTEN BY: ALEC WELSH


The most interesting humans can sprout from the most unusual places. And in Rykkinn, a small commuter town in Eastern Norway, a once tiny Olav was making the most out of his modest environment.

"It's all about who you chose to surround yourself with".

Trouble was never hard to find, but Olav managed to find some real ones that are still by his side today.

His first shooter - dad's Canon. "I still have it somewhere. I would just need to find it". His first rolls -

"I shot snowboarding. Everything I started off with started around action sports."

At first he shot a lot more on digital because he could learn quicker. "When I got to borrow the camera of my Homies´s dad, that was a step up. That one was even better." By the time Olav was thirteen, he had saved enough money to buy himself the camera that he wanted: a Canon 350D.

"I was so into photography at that time. I skipped the standard lens and got something out of the box". Shortly after, he entered a reader's contest and was published for the first time. The prize - the entire last page in a magazine.

"I pushed my photos out and they got out there - I just kept on doing that until I broke down more boundaries".

From that moment on, his photos were clear, but his life became a blur. He was shooting everything, bringing life to the world around him. Eventually gaining early internet notoriety for his precariously epic pictures of...cheeseburgers around the world.

"Everything was dope."

Olav didn't shoot film again until much later.

"You have to dig deep to figure out shit and develop your own style. Listen to your thoughts, they may be burried in others opinions"

That's important in the media saturated world we live in today. Yet he still isn't quite sure if he prefers digital or film. He stumbles like a parent picking between two children. It's impossible for him to choose.

He'd rather focus on the passion that got him here. "It's a very interesting and exciting time for film right now. It's given me so much over the past year especially, I'm excited to see where I can take it".

Olav's advice for anyone looking to purchase a film camera without getting ripped off: "Us that shoot analog. We have a certain amount of responsibility. These are cameras that will probably never be produced again and there's only that many that are out there. If we keep breaking these cameras and not fixing them, they will go extinct. So, broken camera? Try to fix it. It's for the greater good".

Updated: Mar 27

GUSTO35 ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

WRITTEN BY: ALEC WELSH




Angelina's mother is Arabic and her dad is Polish-German. She describes her upbringing in Vancouver, Washington as, "Very different. It was difficult. I thought it was pretty normal until I started seeing other people." A draconian household described as; "Very strict, like a prison. I had no say." But this environment also created the bond between her and her own imagination, which inevitably lead to her creative path.

She recalls how she saved money and was able to purchase her first digital point-and-shoot. "That comes from my mom. She came from such a traumatic past. The healing for that comes from your imagination." Despite the artistry that's been happening in her mind from such a young age, Angie found it difficult to ever think of herself as a creative. "It wasn't until this year. Life took me on a totally different path. I'm so blessed to have found art."


Throughout high school, Angie was "such a GoPro kid". But it was something she never took seriously as a career path. Her father steered her towards reason and logic so she would continue to dedicate herself to academia and athleticism. Angi was ready to go to a four year university, but was eventually encouraged by her sister, who was attending the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising at the time, to try out for a modeling agency. To her surprise, Angi ended up getting signed. Soon after, packing her things and heading for Los Angeles.



With no friends in a new city, Angi spent extended periods of time by herself. "Once I looked in, it was able to come out." She started drawing and painting, creating in a way she had never done previously. "The one thing that I've always really connected to and that my heart always loves to capture and I want to show more of is nature". It reminds her of her trips, backpacking the Pacific Northwest with her parents.


"They fell in love with each other through nature, that's what they continue to do, is do those adventures and be in the forest. That's the only time our family really connects."

Shooting outdoors, exposed to the sporadic changes in lights and shadows, is the most difficult environment for a photographer to capture on film. So, why do it?

For Angelina, "The level you can impact people through film. That's why I want to go into it. It can be seen and felt so much clearer than a lot of art forms." Here at Gusto35, we'll be anxiously awaiting to see whatever else Angelina's lens catches.

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