Alum Justin Mott: Ex-bartender Mixes Emotions, Photography

October 23, 2014

THE JAKARTA POST -- “I went to San Francisco State University, I went to study journalism,” Mott told The Jakarta Post in a recent interview. During Mott’s journalism studies, he took a photography class that took him into the lives of the people living in San Francisco. He saw the social issues confronted by these people on a day-to-day basis. Since that first assignment, he fell in love with photography. “I fell in love because I am not a classroom person. I have a short attention span so I want to go outside and explore,” he said. Mott said that the one thing he loved the most about photography was storytelling. Photography has allowed Mott to explore stories and to see things he would not see if he had not been a journalist. “It must have been 2002 or 2001, and I got my first digital camera and I used my free time on Saturdays and Sundays walking around San Francisco doing street photography,” he said.