As often happens these days, an acquaintance with Manual Barajas aka Dookie-Meño was forged via Instagram. Barajas’ photos caught our eye with their documentary style, not only capturing the obvious subject at hand but the candid moments that accompany them. True to his California roots, Barajas’ work illustrates frame by frame that the DIY arts of yesteryear are still alive and thriving — the desert still has some skate spots to be found and punk’s not dead.
Barajas spent the afternoon at Windmill City a few weeks ago talking shop and capturing some of our crew in action. Below, some selects from his visit and a few get-to-know-you answers to our questions.
You can find Barajas on Instagram at @dookiemeno.
Current city of residence:
How long have you lived in the Coachella Valley?
All my life :(
How long have you been practicing photography?
Schooled or self-taught?
YouTube academy (self-taught)
What do you shoot with?
Piece of gear you can’t live without:
Preferred subject matter?
Any parting words?
Listen to punk music