NIGHTED Presents: Evan Hunter McKnight
Who are you?
What do you work hard at?
Lately, my main focus has been these two photo projects that I’ve been trying to bring to fruition. Outside of that, just the work I do for income and my every day street shooting.
What would you hate to lose?
A few years back, I would say my record, t-shirt or book collection, but these days I try not to get attached to things. I actually look forward to losing shit.
What is the best thing about your life right now?
My partner, and my nondual practices.
What do you wish you had more time for these days?
Personal work. My job is incredibly inspiring—I shoot art and furniture for a private collector whose taste inspires a lot of the media you see coming out of this city. I am privileged to spend every day with original work produced by the most respected artists from the mid-century modern era. At the end of the day though, it can drain a lot of my creative energy, however, I’m working on not making that an excuse.
Describe a dream you can remember.
I was in a stairway of a brownstone somewhere in a city. It led to a room made completely out of unfinished wood. The bark and sticks moved every time I looked away from them, so the room was constantly changing as I looked around but I never saw the motion. I used to write my dreams down so I could remember better. They tend to fade away before I get out of bed.
How would you describe the place where you live?
I live in an apartment near Avenue D in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, or Alphabet City depending on who you ask. I have a few pieces of art hanging from friends and one or two that just inspire me, but I have little to no connections to those artists. There are a lot of books, records, cassettes, a dog and an altar.
Since ‘09, when I moved to New York, I’ve lived on the same block. I’ve moved around the block but never anywhere else in the city. There’s a magic to the neighborhood, and even as all the cheap bars get pushed out by cupcake shops and mixology bullshit, something about it still feels like home to me.
If you had a day to do whatever you wanted, what would you do?
I’d travel anywhere new, exploring and shooting. Mushrooms.
What are you looking forward to?
I’m going to Colorado in a month or so, with plans to finish up a nature project I’ve really been enjoying working on. I grew up out there so it’s always nice to go back.