Ok in these social media days there are so many insta-crush worthy peeps. You could literally spend days, weeks, even months going down a rabbit hole of awe-inspiring imagery. There are an overwhelming number of artists, illustrators and other creatives that flood us with good shit. Then there are the people who I have politely dumbed digital gangsters… and friends, Justin is one of them. In addition to being an IRL lawyer, @JustinReade has amassed a following of over fifty thousand followers double tapping creative content he is making in his off-time. There is wit, heart and passion into every image he creates.
The RP team is lucky enough to have a mutual friend in common who eagerly put us in touch and the rest is a match made in sock selfie history. Read on to get outside the square info on Justin…
1. What’s the last thing you took a photo of on your iPhone? (bonus points if you can include it!)
Um, well, I found a rectangular-shaped patch of teal colored paint on a white brick wall in Downtown, Los Angeles, so, naturally, I aligned myself at the center of it, and jumped into the air, so that it (hopefully) resembled the appearance of an object being physically suspended, or pinned, to the center of the square — rather like a painting, or art piece. I was dressed in business casual wear, because I played hooky from the office, so, again, naturally, I hashtagged it #attorneyoncanvas. Yes, I’m strange. Thanks.
2. What’s your go-to hangover food?
An egg white sandwich, on any kind of bread available (toasted baguette is preferable if I’m lucky enough to have some around), with oven roasted turkey, Roma tomatoes, a basil leaf, and whatever cheese is in the fridge.
3. 3 Fav Instagram account to follow for inspiration?
I love Manuel Pita’s work (@sejkko), because he incorporates a minimalist, pastel dominated aesthetic with impenetrably vague, empirical references to bioengineering and artificial intelligence; Ravi Vora (@ravivora), because he seemingly aims to “wow” everyone with every image he posts, and he somehow manages to succeed, every single time; and my father, Robert Sarno (@rasarno), because he takes surreptitious photographs of unsuspecting patrons at local coffee shops, then goes home and writes outlandish narratives about these folks’ backstory, often revolving around sadomasochism, convoluted sexual peccadilloes, and other miscellany.
4. If you weren’t a photographer/lawyer what would you be doing?
This question strikes me as a paradox, because the response is: if I wasn’t a lawyer, I’d be a photographer. I have managed to incorporate photography into my existence by necessity, because it serves as a much-needed reprieve from the analytical contours of my professional existence. As a result, right now, I am balancing both disciplines to stay sane. I used to do a lot of creative writing in the past, including novel writing and screenplay writing, but after life got complicated and free time became scarce, my creative pursuits transitioned to visual media. Now, with whatever meager success I have obtained on Instagram, I would love to find a way to shoot portrait photos and do brand-related work for a living, if such a thing is even possible in Los Angeles anymore. Isn’t everyone a photographer now? Anyway, I’d also be happy being a stay-at-home dad. I love being around my kids more than anything.
5. If you could take photos of anyone in the world who would it be?
Roger Federer. I am an avid tennis fanatic, and I feel that his career has symbolized, both professionally and philanthropically, the true definition of professionalism and class. It would be a dream to meet the guy, let alone photograph him.
6. What gets you out of bed in the morning?
My son and daughter, because they jump on my face aggressively.
7. Best piece of advice you have received?
Be focused on the process, not the result. If you truly love what you are doing, a good result will likely come. And if not, then at least you are doing something that you care about.
8. Drink of choice?
Non-alcoholic: San Pellegrino Limonata. Alcoholic: Peroni, because, let’s face it, since when are Italians beer makers? Please. They aren’t, so it’s awesome, inherently.
9. Tell us something people might not know about you?
I do vocal impersonations people of various ethnicities having improbable dialogues while fornicating. It is very off color, and licentious, and probably not politically correct, but I guarantee you’d laugh.
10. What is your favorite instagram photo of yours and why?
A portrait photograph of Instagram’s North American community manager, Jeffrey Gerson. I met up with him a couple of months ago for coffee in Downtown Los Angeles, and we ended up taking some portraits for a couple of minutes. He ended up using one of my shots as his profile photograph on all of his social media accounts. He is friends with the best photographers in the world, yet he chose my photograph to represent himself. To this day, he probably doesn’t really realize how much that small act meant to me. It managed to slay years worth of self-deprecation. Exceptionally humbling.
All Images C/O @justinreade