Originally from Calgary though he now calls LA home, KC grew up in open spaces, enjoying adventurous activities like riding horses at his grandparents’ home. His love of the outdoors translated into a fascination with Spaghetti Westerns. He idolized the cowboys, wanted to live that rugged life. This childhood adoration is apparent in his stunning imagery, embodying an epic heroism, making each subject appear larger than life.
However, the outdoorsman wasn’t Armstrong’s only archetype he found mesmerizing. In art school, Armstrong was a hard-core punk rocker, though he notes that he never had a Mohawk. In fact his photographic career started here, photographing heavy metal bands throughout art school. As he began to master his craft, KC started getting noticed and began receiving more and more assignments to photograph athletes based on his work with punk rockers. The transition was a natural one and Armstrong has never looked back.
Now, he’s looking to the future and hoping to incorporate more celebrity and entertainment personalities in his work. With his uncanny ability to capture the grand and mythic elements of people, this is a natural progression for Armstrong. His process of taking pictures is a simple organic process, one where he creates a buddy-like rapport with the subject, puts them at ease and always keeps the set simple. Scouting is the most important aspect of any shoot according to Armstrong. He wants a location and background that will bring out the qualities of his subject he aims to evoke.
“In art school, Armstrong was a hard-core punk rocker,
though he notes that he never had a Mohawk.”