Things We Do For Money, A Photo Series by Andrew Bigs x Baylingual

Things We Do For Money is a photo series created to show the complexity of how we use money in all aspects of life, including the accepted and unaccepted. This photo series was a collaboration between Andrew Bigs and Baylingual.

"$omething that we work for"

This photo series started out with the Dollaz song by Andrew Bigs which follows Andrew as he talks about his past and present relationship with money, in a city where wealth disparity is prevalent. Growing up around poverty and great wealth, he speaks on how he made and spent money and how the people around him did as well. From the song, we thought it would be dope to create a photo series around the topic. Really, we just wanted people to love the images they were seeing.

"Everything Co$t" - Knowledge is free but access to it isn't always. Through education, sometimes it feels we are not paying for knowledge. Whether we take a loan out or get financial aid, it can feel like we are paying for a piece of paper saying we did the work. 


"$omething that we fight over" - Money is stolen everyday. Some could even say, the people who steal the most money don't use guns and instead, wear suits. We did this photo to show the seriousness of the matter. Whether you disagree or not, poverty and need will cause some to react out of desperation. Reason is because people's lives revolve around the dollar, people's needs are met through it. We want people to look at this and think of this photo in the context it comes in. The power of the dollar can be scary at times.


"$pare change?" - Where we are from, homelessness is normal. We see it everyday. We wanted to show it in the context of all of these other everyday scenarios. We could walk past someone in need on the way to satisfy ours. 

"Even the $imple things" - We remember being kids getting a couple of dollars and buying sweets. Considering all of our other photos, we wanted to show the innocence behind the use of the dollar, too. Even our kids use the same money that is used for everything else we show.


"Not cheap to pu$h the whip" - With a car there's maintenance, gas, insurance, registration, tickets, smog checks, rims, car wash, oil and hella other things. Even if you dont drive, you still have to pay for the bus, the train, throw 5 on the homie's tank. Between both of us, we've experienced all of it. This topic was a big one for us. 


"Exchange$" - This was honestly one of my favorite shots that Andrew and I took. It's simply nolstalgic of what it was like growing up. Because no matter where you grew up, people are always getting high. Or selling something.

"Ba$e Chakra Plea$ure$" - Literally, as a part of our society, we are very wasteful people. We love to complain about how we never have enough, or how we struggle, yet we are so quick to throw our money away. Whether it is for a pair of shoes, brand new stuff, late night entertainment, the opposite sex, to just throwing it out the window. And on the flip side, how some people losely speand their money is how others make thier money. In this photo, some forget that one of them is at work. 

"High ri$k, high reward"  


If you would like to see more work by Daniel Zapien, you can check out his Photography at  or follow him on Instagram at Baylingual.

If you would like to see more on Andrew Bigs, you can find him @heisandrewbigs on Instagram, Twitter, and Soundcloud


About Andrew Bigelow

Andrew Bigelow is a Hip Hop artist as well as a writer and organizer with SiliconValley De-Bug. Follow him on social media as @HeIsAndrewBigs

About Baylingual

Baylingual is a San Jose Photographer, Youth Organizer, Video Producer, Journalist, and commentator of De-Bug. He posts local music releases on this site called "We Speak Baylingual Music Blog". He is also in the works on a video series interviewing artist all over the bay area, about culture, community, and anything in depth with the interviewee called 'Chopping Game'. 

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