VICE: THE REAL-LIFE NIGHTCRAWLER

Scott Lane’s life looks a lot like the movie Nightcrawler. He’s a freelance overnight news cameraman, meaning that every night, he films car crashes, fires, deaths, and shootings in Los Angeles.

Under the moniker Loudlabs News, he sells his often grisly footage to news stations, running the whole operation out of his car, which is filled with radio scanners, camera equipment, a portable wifi hotspot, and a couple of laptops he uses to edit and upload video. His jobs starts in the evening, when traffic slows down and the freeways open up, and it ends a couple of hours before sunrise, just in time for the morning news broadcast. He’s been in this line of work for the last 15 years, and although he doesn’t see himself as a documentarian, he has recorded the dark side of LA as much as anyone else.

The scenes he photographs—a teenager wheeled away on a stretcher, a man electrocuted by a telephone wire, the aftermath of a drunk driving accident—can be gruesome. “My reality is people’s most harshest realities,” Lane often says.

-Story originally photographed for Vice. Original article found here.

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