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NIGHTED Life Introduces: Moe Alvarez

Who are you?
Hey whats up, I’m Moe. Bay Area born and raised. I moved to Oakland 5 years ago from a suburban town 25 miles east called San Ramon after graduating beauty school/high school.

What do you look for, if anything, when taking photos?
I heard Neil deGgrasse Tyson say something really cool on Cosmos the other day. He said photographs are really just ghosts preserved by light. I think that’s the coolest thing I’ve ever heard regarding photography. That’s what I look for the most, light. Great lighting and moments I wouldn’t mind haunting my future.

When was the last time you witnessed something unexplainable?
Okay, so I have definitely had some fucked up paranormal shit happen to me. I get really bad sleep paralysis a couple times a year. I’ve seen friends walk into my room and talk to me while I couldn’t move or talk and I can’t tell the difference between reality and dreams, I had a friend knock on my window (I’m 3 stories up) and I remember waking up completely out of breath and opening my window, taking the screen off and looking down believing it was real. The girl that knocked on my window wasn’t in the states but it’s hard for me to believe she wasn’t there. I was awake. But I wasn’t? How do I explain that, its different than a nightmare. It’s really demonic and horrifying.

Where is your favorite place to be?
Well my favorite place is Oakland. Thats why I live here. Theres a lot to be inspired about living in a city like this. I always say I wanna move to LA. Obviously I’m biased but I love California. All the opportunities I could ever want I could find in the the Golden State. But hey, If you want to get specific the taco truck on 1st and International. I can eat those tacos on the daily.

Why do you live the way you do?
Well, I work two jobs as a Hairstylist and barback which help me support all my expensive and overly ambitious projects and hobbies. When I have a day off I usually force myself to go do something fun and take advantage of the lighting I usually have to work through or go to parties/catch up with friends I’m normally too busy to make plans with. I’m the kind of person that has to pencil my friends in my schedule which is hard to keep people in my life that way but I totally believe in working hard now while I’m young so that I can relax later on.

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