It turns out it’s a great time to be Andrea Sonnenberg. Since she first picked up a camera early in high school—they had a dark room there and everything—the San Francisco-based photographer has garnered attention for her candid view of late night, rowdy skate teenagedom with heavy punk leanings.
And yeah, the skeletal mythology of Sonnenberg’s rise—better know as Teen Witch—reads like the whirlwind dream of any aspiring art star: girl meets camera (a vintage number from Harvey Milk’s shop, naturally), girl shoots haunting and exhilarating photos of shows, friends being dumb idiots, skating blood, and boobs, girl gains internet and IRL acclaim from blog and zine offering, girl shows at L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art, talks process with Usher.
But when Vans caught up with her for this interview, we were surprised frankly, by her devotion to The Craft (not the Witch movie, but good catch) and the fact that she’s looking forward to and about to start a new chapter in the world of Teen Witch. Which is why, getting back to the point, it’s so good to be Andrea Sonnenberg right now.
A week before our talk, she was finally able to quit her proverbial day job, which, in turn, allows her to participate, manipulate and straight out enjoy the antics she’s observed, admired, and catalogued for so long. “I’ve always been that person who had two jobs and worked really hard,” she says, “and so the people who really inspired me were the ones who were on the road, riding trains and going out there and experiencing life.” To wit, Teen Witch is taking her act on the road with a months-long road trip around the country. “Nothing is guaranteed. Nothing [here in San Francisco] really shocks me anymore, so this is something that I think is going to kind of rejuvenate my passion for it all.“
Teen Witch’s take on the great outdoors. Personally, we can’t wait to see what that looks like.
Learn more about Andrea’s story this Fall in Tobin Yelland’s Documentary “Shoot. Print. Fold” and watch more stories about #LIVINGOFFTHEWALL at livingoffthewall.vans.com