SPRAY BEAST Meets CAMBOSH
Mr cambosh hit me up with some photos recently, which I thoroughly enjoyed looking through. There are so many ‘photographers’ these days with there nice cameras, going and taking there ‘nice’ photos of whatever they think is interesting…
I have always thought a good photo makes its self and cambosh is always capturing these special moments and there all very nicely done. So I asked for an interview, and here it is.
Please Introduce yourself
Easy. My name’s Campbell but friends tend to call me other things .. Cambo, Scramble, Yeast, Cunt, Bo, miserable cunt, Batty Creaks, etc etc
How long have you been taking photos?
For about 5 years or so. It started off as a bit of fun, going festivals and rolling about with the crew taking weird shots of absolute nutters sucking their faces off. To be honest I probably looked worse than them. Then after Uni, I started taking it a bit more seriously. I never really thought of it as a way to make a living until recently. I’ve had a lot of help from people in the creative industry. I’ll big them up later.
Where are you from?
I live in North London, Crouch End, 20 minutes walk from the Arsenal stadium. I’ve been here 26 years now and it has changed a lot recently. It’s a haven for up-and-coming actors these days. Doctor Who lived across the road from me for a bit. I made sure to give his house a proper pelting when it snowed. He’s moved out now. You can’t go anywhere without knocking into a fucking pram. I’m petitioning for a pram lane - it’s the only way to get those wreckless babies off our pavements. As a kid me and my mates would crack a lot of joke at the local park, Stationers. It’s full of wooden forts and dangerous rides - they had to take a lot of them down. We’d have stone fights. Eventually it would stop when one of us got hit in the head or a window was broken and the filth were called. We all had nasty robbing habits by the age of 9-10. That came to an abrupt end when my mate got chased out a shop, ran straight into the road and got hit full pelt by a car. He broke both his legs. Not a laughing matter. Usual pre-teen stuff really but I’m surprised I’ve made this far.
I see you have done a lot of promo shots of producers/artists, how did you get in to doing this?
This is not even an exaggeration but everyone I know is a producer or a promoter. Literally all my circles of mates are involved in the creative industry one way or another. I think for my close circle it all started with skateboarding in London city and meeting great people with similar interests. Music is obviously a big part of that scene - we learnt a lot through skate videos such as Welcome to Hell, Zoo York Mix Tape and all the Chocolate/Girl videos. We got into hip-hop, garage and then we all started raving and getting messy at about 15. All my mates got into DJing and now they’ve all progressed onto producing. A friend I met through skating Southbank back in the 90’s, Barry AKA MC DVS was a major talent. He sang the chorus in that legendary Foreign Beggars tune, Hold On. He ended up smoking too much and losing the plot. Last time I heard he was in prison. It just goes to show you can have all the talent in the world but it’s nothing without self-control and endless commitment.
Griminal Jammer Klose One
Seems you snap at a lot of partys and festivals. do you keep it clean, watch the madness unravel and document or are you in a worse state than your subjects?
A bit of both ! At festivals it’s a no-brainer. In other words I have no brain. One time I remember throwing all my expensive kit out my bag in the middle of a crowd. Thank god my brother was there to keep an eye on me. Another time I took way too much Valium and passed out in a public tent. I woke up to find that all my kit had been stolen! It definitely helps being a bit tipsy when you’re approaching people and giving them a bit of direction without pissing them off. Come to think of it my shots are always much better when I’m under the influence. Occasionally I work for an events company covering charity balls or launch parties and it’s certainly not about being a special case. There’s a time and a place for sure. They flew me out to Berlin for a night and 2 days to cover a Swatch event. As soon as I got a good batch of shots they let me get drunk off cocktails for the rest of the night. They’re great fun to work with.
Considering your party shot antics, what is the most fucked up thing you’ve seen at a party
Hmmmmm.. I have to say when it comes to house parties, Brighton is way up there. The student houses are massive and no one gives a shit what happens to them. One time some cunt was intimidating people and punching them. It turned out he was a boxer and it took six of us to get him out. I just remember three mates continuously smashing his face in and he wouldn’t budge. His nose was flattened and all six of them ended up falling down a 15 ft set of stairs. Banisters and blood were everywhere ! I felt sorry for my mate cos he was walking up as they were flying down. He hit the ground hard and everyone landed on top of him - all he got was a carpet burn on his thumb ! I had to laugh. At that same party I walked past a tramp who’d passed out and someone had pulled down his trousers and stuck a banana up his arse. That was pretty gruesome. I went to some pretty epic parties in London when I was younger. Without fail, everything would always get robbed. I remember a bunch of rude boys piling up the guy’s family car with electrical equipment and dusting off at full speed. I could go on for days about this subject matter..
Start off in the park, mid-summer with a big crew, disposable barbeques, tunes, drink followed by a massive rave and a three day bender. And hopefully get laid at the end of it if my tackle still works but that rarely happens!
Any hairy moments when out taking photos with scoundrels and the like?
I’ve had some hairy moments at squat parties in the middle of nowhere. You just have to make sure you choose the right people to photograph, have a strong crew and don’t needlessly flash your camera about. I usually only take it out when I’ve scoped the scene and I know where the dodgey people are. The most hairy moment of my life was when I got taken hostage in my own flat. Four guys came in through the back door, tied me up and stole everything. I lost about 10 grand’s worth of equipment. That was a sad day. I don’t work for the Triads anymore! Completely legit now.
Favourite City/s & why?
Nothing beats London when it’s hot as balls.
Best thing you’ve ever found?
I found a digital camera at Secret Garden festival. It makes up for the one that got stolen off me when I fell asleep the year before ! A tip to any festival goer - At first light, scour the site and you’ll find a whole load of shit.
Ideal pet (any animal, alive, dead fictional whatever)
I would love a Huskie. I’d call it Rudey and we’d go on missions picking up girls on hot summer days. Just a pipe dream !
Power of flight or power of invisibility?
It would have to be invisibility. I would rekindle my love of robbing and make millions !
3 things you couldn’t live with out
Music, friends and vegetables !
Worst thing you’ve done for cash (could be a job, not trying to incriminate you here)
We had this local drug dealer back in the day. He used to swap electrical goods for QBs of skunk. My brother’s mate got caught and expelled. The same guy convinced me that it would be a good idea to sell pills and charlie. I used to ride around on my bike shotting to random people. I was only 15 at the time. My shotting career ended when I got taken hostage a few years ago. They took me up to my room, stole grands in cash, all my photography stuff. There was a point where I thought they were going to suffocate me when they picked up a pillow. But they took the case off and put it over my head so I couldn’t see anything. Scary as fuck! I changed my ways after that. I make my P’s purely off photography now!
What do you do when not taking flicks?
I still skate now and again but my knees ain’t what they used to be. You can catch me at Cantalo’s on hot, sunny days. I go to a lot of music events and exhibitions too. It’s a good idea to keep up-to-date with creative news cos organisations are always throwing free drink parties. I went to one at the end of Summer where they were showcasing a new film by Spike Jonze. I got absolutely plastered and had to carry my friend out.
Any hidden talents?
I’m addicted to cookery programs and I’ve got a few cookery books now ! I’m such a Douche ! I’ll cook you a mean feast anytime ! Also I grew up playing basketball. I used to go basketball camps and I captained my school team. I used to have the record for the most points ever scored in a school match ! When I got into skateboarding, my interest in it was replaced by music, drugs and having a good time. Plus my coach was a massive Pedo.
Last photo you saw that made you think ‘yeaahhh’
I like Thomas Prior. All his photos make me go ‘yeahhh’. Check him out. Also my mates Will Robson Scott and Ollie Grove. They have given me a lot of advice over the past few years. I spent £400 on this one Blabac photo of Eric Koston backside nose-blunting Hubba Hideout in San Fran. It reminds me of all the good times I used to have exploring London on a skateboard when I was younger. Epic photo.
At the moment it’s Kenneth O’Halloran. I came across his photos at the Photograhic Portrait Prize. His flicks of Gypsies are amazing.
Most things annoy me. I’m a cynical bastard. My mate Jules has taught me to be a bit more open-minded about things.
If you could go back and see one gig in history what would it be?
I’m fucking pissed off I didn’t go Glastonbury last year. I’ve been going every year for the past 6-7 years and I’ve always come back with a bad case of gangrene and shit on everything. I’m so gutted I missed the first roasting hot, bone-dry Glasto in about a decade.
One person you’d like to have a drink with?
Anyone from Happy Mondays. They know how to party.
Last good film you saw
There are too many but my favourite film has to be Good Will Hunting. Prodigies always fascinate me. Basketball Diaries too - it’s quite similar to my story growing up. Read the book, it’s amazing. It’s by Jim Carroll.
Youtube me a good tune
I’m proper into liquid drum & bass - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcGxBoh-uVE&feature=fvw
And here’s a hip hop tune for old time’s sake - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiOcVWQY2bc
Rock or Rap
Both. I love all music as long as it’s produced well.
Who’s cooler Justin Bieber or R. Kelly?
Well, I think of it like this. If I was stuck in a room with them I would say R. Kelly just to avoid getting raped. Then me and him could smash Bieber’s face to a pulp with a fire extinguisher.
All oriental food - Thai, Chinese, Japanese. I can’t get enough. If you live in London check Thai-Ann at lunch. It’s the second right off Chapel Market in Angel. The best Thai food you’ll ever eat and good value.
If your life was a film what tune would you have playing out the end?
It would have to be Lower Your Eyelids to Die With the Sun by M83. Check it here for the best skate intro ever - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ8WMP5DoYA&feature=related
Hope that last question wasn’t too dower. Any shouts or self promo, be shameless.
Thanks to Mum, Dad, Stew, Boyson, Solarity, RackNRuin, DJ Klose One, Session AKA Noisses, Jessie for being my beautiful muse, Hollie Cook, Rolf, all my friends, Will and Ollie for the advice, PYMCA, Lucy and everyone else from Sketch. Anyone else I’ve forgotten, Sorry !
Check the blog www.cambosh.blogspot.com
and my new website www.cambosh.com
And thank you Spray Beast for the interview. I’m flattered !
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