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Visual Revolutionary

BECAUSE WE ARE INTERESTED IN PEOPLE'S STORY, AND NOT WHAT TYPE OF GEAR THEY USE, WE INTRODUCE A NEW MUCH NEEDED PODCAST IN THE WORLD OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILMMAKING. FEATURING IN-DEPTH CONVERSATIONS WITH SOME OF THE WORLD'S LEADING PHOTOGRAPHERS, FILMMAKERS, AND OTHER VISUAL ARTISTS, WE ARE BRINGING YOU THE BACKSTORY ON HOW THEY GOT TO WHERE THEY ARE TODAY.
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Nov 21, 2018

Award winning snowboard and lifestyle photographer and Burton principle shooter for almost 20 years Dean Blotto Gray joins the podcast to talk about how he went from his early years of sponsored snowboarding in Flagstaff to being one of the most recognizable names in snowboard photography.  From his earliest years of bmx racing, to the first time he was turned on to skateboarding, Blotto appreciated the individualism and creativity that came along with those types of scenes.  Inspired by the DIY attitude of skateboarding and punk music, he was trying to figure out what to do after high school until a trip to Flagstaff to go snowboarding that would change the direction of his life forever.   He quickly realized that he didn't have what it took to become a top pro, but wanted to figure out a way to stay in the industry.  When he got the opportunity to work with the newly created company Technine, he picked up a camera and began a life of photography and content creation.  Before long he was offered a position with Burton that would soon lead to becoming the principle photographer, a position that he has continued to fill for almost 20 years, all while also working closely with other companies on content creation and social media story telling.  On this episode we talk about what has changed in the world of snowboard photography, how he has adapted to social media and found a niche of personal story telling and content creation for companies through Instagram stories, why there are not as many avenues for action shooters anymore, and the advice he gives to others coming up in the world of snowboard photography.  

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Nov 13, 2018

Commercial and editorial sports photographer and Nikon Ambassador Andrew Hancock joins the show to talk about how he went from his early years of college soccer to being a sought after photographer with cover images from Sports Illustrated to Time Magazine.  Growing up in Midland Texas, Andrew was surrounded by sports culture.  Although he was a soccer player in a football crazed town, he found a home and success within his sport that would elevate him on to college level competition.  During those years, while taking some down time, he got his first camera and was encouraged to take classes on how to use it.  Before long it was all he wanted to do.  He pursued journalism with a new passion and, after earning his degree, found a job at a small paper in Indiana and began the slow climb up the rungs of the editorial ladder.  After getting the opportunity to attend the Eddy Adams workshop, Andrew made a connection at Sports Illustrated that would soon change the direction of his career and start him on the path that he's known for today.  Before long he would be shooting some of the biggest named athletes in the world and covering events from the Super Bowl to the Kentucky Derby, as well as earn a spot on the original lineup of the Nikon's ambassador program. During our conversation we talk about what it's like shooting a huge sporting event where you only get once chance to accomplish what you need, what goes into the pre-production for those types of shoots, what it's like working as an ambassador for Nikon, how he comes up with his artistic approach to sports and portraiture, and the advice he gives to others coming new to the industry.  

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https://www.andrewhancock.com

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Nov 7, 2018

Troy Conrad joins the show to talk about how he went from his early years as a stand up comic, to filmmaking, to producing a TV series, to photographing some of the biggest names in comedy and forming a unique relationship with the legendary Comedy Store in LA.  Growing up in Phoenix, Troy was always inspired by the late night comedy of David Letterman, but also had a curious mind on how things worked and became fascinated by his Dad's cameras and slide shows.  Throughout college, while working on his degree, Troy pursued stand up comedy and became a frequent local and touring act.  Before long he made the move to Los Angeles to further chase his dream.  It would be in LA however that Troy would start playing around with filmmaking and create several shorts films that would eventually lead to his role in producing the TV show and live touring act Setlist: Stand Up Without a Net.  During all this time Troy continued to love photography and soon found the opportunity to shoot the new phenomenon of Roast Battle at the Comedy Store which would lead him to a unique opportunity to start shooting many of his long time friends and other comedy heroes inside the famed walls of one of the country's most respected clubs.  During our conversation we talk about some of the unique challenges that come with shooting live comedy, how stand up comedy helped him let go of his fears of failure, how he stays organized and motivated while trying to juggle so many creative pursuits, and the advice he gives to others trying to chase their own dreams.  

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Nov 2, 2018

Photographer, cinematographer, and respected Atlanta hip hop archivist Zach Wolfe joins the podcast to talk about how he managed to go from his small town roots in Iowa to being one of the biggest names in southern hip hop photography.  From a very early age Zach was passionate about rap music and photography.  Thanks to a colombia house records subscription he was able to get his hands on a lot of early hip hop records in his small town, and thanks to the encouragement of a high school photography teacher, he had early dreams of one day becoming a professional photographer.  It wouldn't be until later that he would realize he could combine the two passions and create an amazing body of work around rap music.  After studying photography in Colorado, and a brief stint in LA interning with SmashBox Studios, Zach would make the journey to Atlanta to chase the dream of shooting the bourgeoning southern hip hop scene he had been obssessing over since he first heard OutKast.  He soon realized that the idea that he could actually imbed himself into the local hip hop community might prove harder than he had imagined, until a chance meeting with Lil John' secretary that would change his life forever.  Before long Zach was working with some of the biggest up and coming names in hip hop and establishing himself as the go to sourthern hip hop photographer.  During our conversation we talk about the evolution of his career into motion work and the chance to focus his talent on other niches, what the current state of music photography looks like, the specific challenges he faced in shooting with rappers, and the advice he gives to others coming up in the world he has dedicated his life to.  

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