Our ongoing interview series, Behind the Streets, has shined light on some of our favorite clothing collaborations, sneaker accessories, concerts, renegade subcultures, and more. But we haven’t spoken with any artists until now, and who better to profile first than the photographer Will “WxLLxxM” Foster.

Years before we knew of Will and before he was even taking photography seriously, Complex Mag recognized his blog as one of their favorites. He curated some of the best photos within the fashion, art, and music world, putting them in one place for the cultured youth to enjoy.

Today, he’s not just using his unique eye for curating other peoples great images but he’s creating his very own. Will plays an important role in documenting Ohio’s growing creative scene. Lets put it this way, if it weren’t for Will’s photos we wouldn’t even know how great many of Ohio’s events were.

If there’s a good concert, festival, party, or any event alike, we can count on Will to be there, capturing some of the best moments to ever take place here.

A few weeks ago we met up with Will in his hometown, Cincinnati, while he took photos of his friend Austin sporting one of Dayton’s coolest brands, Hooligans Tribe. We all left the interview inspired by Will’s perspectives, dedication, passion, and his overall journey. Get to know the guy behind the photos that you constantly see floating around the web.

When asked who he was inspired by, Will wasn’t able to give a single name. Instead he gave us a feeling, a feeling that shows in every single photo that he takes. “Life in general just inspires me. The feeling when you wake up, go outside for the first time and the sun hits your skin. It’s life. It’s pretty amazing” says Will. Looking at Will’s photos give us that same feeling. They’re life.

His photographs capture a certain rawness that we haven’t seen in Ohio before and we probably won’t ever see it again. One day your kids may stumble across the origins of the legacy that we’re all building today and when they do, Will’s photos will make them feel like they’re living in our time. Our decade of change. You may not understand how difficult that is for a photographer to do, but you must know that it’s something special. We’re living through an amazing culture shift and Will helps remind us of that with every photograph that he snaps.

Here are some photos that Will has taken since the interview

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