Portable: When did you first pick up a camera and what is it you love most about the medium?

Brendan Burdzinski: My father always had a camera around. When I was about ten years old I picked up his Minolta to take photographs of him surfing. From junior high on, I had a video camera with me at all times. I’d document skate days and hijinks with my buddies. I haven’t thought about it much, but, since then, I’ve always carried a camera of some sort.

I didn’t take photography seriously until I was about 19. What I love about the medium is that it captures a person’s perspective for a particular moment in time. This perspective can be augmented reality, abstract imagery, or an accurate recording of history – maybe this is what pushed me into studying photojournalism.