Via SNAV: The Man Behind the Village
I recently caught up with one of my good friends, Mel D. Cole, owner and founder of Village Slum NYC. I met up with Mel at Karmaloop offices while he was preparing to do a shoot with a new rap group called The Werx.
When did you start photography?
I started about 7 or 8 years ago. Damn time flies!
What does Village Slum mean and when did you start it?
Villageslum is a photography LLC based in NYC. It is 100% about my photography. There's a web site: Villageslum.com that showcases my event, concert, travel, street and studio photography with a lil bit of other styles mixed in as well.
If you could pick any where in the world to do a shoot where would it be?
India! I would love to shoot Kanye over there in the slums!
What is your favorite Vans?
Checkerboard Authentic! Black and grey. I own 4 or 5 pair. I need a few more, the ones I have are beat and smell like...yeah Doritos!
Name some of things that Vans and your style of photography has in common. Vans and my photography both better when aged! Just like Vans my photography can be dressed up or can be done gritty and dirty for the streets!
What is the most off the wall photo you ever taken?
I have many off the wall pics, but here is a recent one that I like a lot.
Shouts out Mel D Cole and the Werx for a great time.