SLUG Style: Cam Kerper


Cam Kerper is a local photographer with an eye to street style. Originally from Tennessee, Kerper inflects his style with outerwear one might see around SLC and Utah. A similar sensibility manifests in his photography, wherein street photography and photos from the outdoors mingle for a body of work that’s all Kerper’s own.

Every month, “SLUG Style” features a distinct and unique member of the community and asks them why they do what they do. Exploring more than just clothing, SLUG Style is an attempt to feature the people who give Salt Lake City flavor through personality and panache.

"I’ve always enjoyed pictures and capturing moments," says Cam Kerper
Photo: @robtookthis

What are your stylistic influences? This could be a band, decade, fictional character—anything.

My influences usually come from street fashion and the outdoors. I’ve always [noticed] street influence on fashion and how it’s grown. 

Where are you from, and how did you end up in SLC?

I’m from Nashville and ended up in SLC for college, originally. 

How did you get into photography?

I’ve always enjoyed pictures and capturing moments. I really got into photography when I was in college and ended up working in the photo lab. 

How would you describe what you shoot and your work overall?

I shoot my life. I document what I’m doing whether it’s street, portrait or landscape photography. 

What cameras and/or formats are your favorites to use?

Some of my favorites are my Canon P, Pen F and Yashica TLR. My favorite formats are 35mm and medium format film. 

"I shoot my life. I document what I’m doing whether it’s street, portrait or landscape photography."
Photo: @robtookthis

What’s your dream camera?

My dream camera would be either a Leica M6 or Rolleiflex / Hassleblad. 

What and where are on your photography bucket list?

My photography bucket list is really just where I’d like to travel. Some of the big places are Bolivia, Chile and Greece. 

What projects may you be working on?

Trips documenting more landscape and scenery. Possibly weddings or other events on film, if there’s interest. 

Any in-the-moment shots you’ve gotten lately that you’re proud of? If so, what?

I have some off of every roll that I’m proud of, but for sentimental reasons. I shoot for myself, so not everyone finds my pictures as meaningful. 

How does photography intersect with your clothing style?

My photography intersects with my clothing style because I love street photography and landscapes, and I’m usually wearing streetwear or outdoor clothing. 

"I believe in always looking your best since you never know who you are going to run into."
Photo: @robtookthis

What are your other interests or hobbies? What is the hobby or interest that you have that no one would realize to ask you about?

Camping, mountain biking, sports, music. 

Are you always “on” or would someone see you at the grocery store, for example, with less elements of your style?

I believe in always looking your best since you never know who you are going to run into. 

How has your personal style evolved over time?

My personal style has grown with streetwear as well as my hobbies. 

Where can SLUG readers see your photos, photos of you rocking your style, or other peeks of who you are?

Instagram is the beat place, @frame.freak … I carry my camera all the time so my photography shows my hobbies and everyday life.