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Visual Revolutionary

A show featuring in-depth conversations with some of the world's leading photographers, filmmakers, and other visual artists, where we talk about the journey that shaped them into the person they are today, how they established their career, and the advice they give to others chasing their own creative goals.
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Dec 21, 2023

Photographer Alex Strohl returns to the podcast to talk about how his life has changed since having a daughter, whether or not it might be time to exchange his home in the mountains of Montana for a city existence, how staying in a constant state of curiosity is what drives him both creatively and personally, the passion project he set out on to provide him and his daughter an adventure together when she's 20 years old, the type of work that kept him busy in 2023, and so much more.  

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Dec 14, 2023

National Geographic Explorer and award winning photographer and videographer Anand Varma joins the podcast to talk about his new book "Invisible Wonders: Photographs of the Hidden World", as well as his amazing new storytelling studio "Wonder Lab".  During our conversation Anand tells me about his life long dream of one day becoming a scientist that led him to Berkeley to earn a degree in integrative biology and a chance meeting with fellow National Geographic photographer David Littschwager that would alter the course of his life and open up a new form of scientific exploration that Anand had never dreamed was possible.  Anand's beautiful integration of science and art can make even the ugliest subject matter worthy of a gallery show and we discuss the evolution of the aesthetic he is known for today, what is was like working on his book, how photographing parasites kickstarted his career, why he decided to delete all his social media accounts, and the advice he gives to other creatives out there trying to build a career.  

To Learn More About Anand Varma Visit:

https://www.varmaphoto.com

To Purchase a Copy of "Invisible Wonders: Photographs of the Hidden World" Visit:

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/730473/national-geographic-invisible-wonders-by-anand-varma/

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https://www.nationalgeographic.org/society/our-programs/wonderlab/

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Dec 7, 2023

Fine Art and Commercial/Editorial Photographer Peter Andrew Lusztyk returns to the podcast to talk about his amazing new series of images inspired by the natural beauty around his cabin, his ongoing personal project with food stylist Michelle Rabin, his friendship with Peter McKinnon and the incredible video he made of him at his cabin working with his new Alpa camera system, how he came up with the idea of mixing birds with furniture while collaborating with Porch Modern, his latest venture into hat sales, and so much more.  

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https://www.peterandrew.ca

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Nov 29, 2023

Renowned skateboard, portrait, and commercial photographer Mike Blabac returns to the podcast to talk about his newest gig, working alongside Dr Andrew Huberman on the Huberman Lab Podcast and how his life has changed since meeting him.  During our conversation Mike talks about how focusing on his health has helped improve all facets of his life, including his creative output, his renewed passion for shooting and developing film, his recent trip to Wetzlar, Germany for the Leica Annual Celebration of Photography, and how he's found success and creative fulfillment for all these years by trusting his gut and doing what feels right.  

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Nov 22, 2023

National Geographic photographer, Emmy nominated director, and Canon Explorer of Light, Keith Ladzinski returns to the podcast to talk about all the amazing adventures he's had since our first conversation back in 2015 and how becoming a father has changed him as a person and an artist. Keith also talks about how diversity in his work has helped him stay so passionate and curios about photograpahy and filmmaking, what his more recent love of storm chasing through tornado alley looks like up close and in person, how he feels about the current state of technology and what that could mean for the industry, and the advice he gives to other creatives out there chasing their own dreams.  

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Nov 15, 2023

Actor/Director Ethan Hawke and Director of Photography Steve Cosens join the podcast to talk about their new biopic "Wildcat" about writer Flanary O'Connor, which weaves a beautiful tapestry of the author's stories and imagination alongside her tragically short life.  During our conversation Ethan and Steve talk about their longtime working realtionship over three films and how that has evolved into a creative collaboration that is pushing both of them artistically.  We also discuss what Ethan learned from directors like Richard Linklater, the challenges they faced making a period piece with a smaller budget, what it was like for Ethan to direct his daughter Maya, how they feel about the current state of independent filmmaking, and the advice they give to other creatives out their trying to find their own voice.  

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Jul 14, 2023

Photographer/Director Tanner Yeager joins the podcast to talk about his journey from a small town in Arizona where he could have easily got stuck at the copper mine he was working, to shooting super cross, to working with Carey Hart, to moving to Nashville and suddenly finding himself on a video set with Carrie Underwood, to being a tour photographer for some of the biggest country music stars in the world, to directing music videos, and how that all led him to his current position with NASCAR’s own Rowdy Kyle Bush.  During our conversation Tanner talks about what it’s like to live on the road with touring musicians and how he manages his own sanity and personal space, where he draws the most creative inspiration from, his willingness to be open to life’s experiences, making the transition from music to NASCAR, and the advice he gives to others with dreams of one day getting a chance to be a fly on the wall in a room full of their heroes.   

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Jun 28, 2023

Director of Photography Markus Mentzer joins the show fresh off his third season on Netflix's hit comedy "I think You Should Leave" to talk about his inspiring journey from medical school graduate to filmmaker, and how walking away from medicine to pursue someting his was passionate about ended up leading him to the sets of everything from indie films to Hollywood blockbusters.  During our conversation Markus talks about the first film set he was on in the East Village of NYC and how he instantly fell in love with the camerade and collective creative energy and immediately knew that he wanted to change career paths, the difficult road of trying to find your place in the industry when you are self taught, what it's like filming a comedy show like "I Think You Should Leave", how he feels about the changes he sees in the industry and whether or not it's still a viable career path, and the advice he gives to others out there with dreams of one day working in narrative film.  

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Jun 16, 2023

Conservation photographer and National Geographic Explorer Carlton Ward joins the podcast to talk about his beautiful new book and film "Path Of The Panther" that sheds light on his countless years of work to inspire a public and political movement to save the Florida Wildlife Corridor through the story of the endangered Florida panther. During our conversation Carlton talks about his journey growing up as an 8th generation Floridian and an early love of nature through surfing and spending time on his family ranch that would instill a passion for protecting the environment.  After graduating college, he would end up working as a photographer for the Smithsonian in Gabon and Mali, but each time he returned home he realized that the environmental story that was most important to him was in his own backyard.  Carlton also talks about what it means to be a conservation photographer, and the long arduous process that can be involved in trying to tell the stories that need to be told, what goes into to capturing an elusive creature like the Florida panther, the time he had to check himself into the ER with alligator bites, and the advice he gives to those who desire to tell stories that matter. 

To Learn More About Carlton Ward Visit:

https://www.carltonward.com/

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May 30, 2023

Fine art photographer Randal Ford returns to the show to talk about what he's been up to since his first appearance back in 2018 and his newest book project that will be out next year featuring portraits of your favorite barnyard animals.  During our conversation we discuss how difficult it can be to transition from the world of commercial work into the fine art space and how long it took for him to finally start feeling like he had a foothold and a bit of acceptance with representation from multiple galleries.  We also talk about his feelings on AI and how he might incorporate it into his own work, including a recent AI social media post that ended up leading to a new commercial photography project, how his process of shooting a body of work for publication has changed since his first book, how he went about establishing himself in the fine art world and the slow arduous process of gaining an audience with collectors, and so much more.  

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May 8, 2023

Photographer, creative director, and entrepreneur Jason M Peterson returns to the show to talk about starting his own advertising agency called The Times, and how they are re-imagining what it could and should look like when your team is made up of creators and producers that can bring a vision to life quickly and help a brand build a more organic and authentic marketing presence.  During our conversation Jason talks about what the last five years have looked like for him since he was on the show and what made him want to leave a lead role in an international ad agency to go out on his own, what his thoughts are on AI and the implications it will have on the creative industry, how he has maintained an ability to keep his finger on the pulse of youth culture and the creator class that exists within it,  and how that helps keep him inspired to keep evolving as an artist.  

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Apr 21, 2023

Award winning commercial portrait photographer Jeroen Nieuwhuis joins the podcast from his studio in the Netherlands to talk about his early love of photography and how he started his professional career at the age of 17 years old and quickly began building the huge body of work he is known for today with global campaigns for companies Heineken and Shimano, and a number of beautiful personal projects like his latest coffee table book "The Mountain Men".  During our conversation Jeroen talks about how a love of gaming would end up turning him on to the stylistic world of skateboarding and eventually the desire to visually capture the lifestyle around him, how he managed to create a professional career at such an early age and create longevity in a world that can sometimes become stagnate, how his personal projects have not only helped him evolve his style and aesthetic and attract new commercial clients, but have also helped to keep his passion for photography alive and prevent burnout, what it was like trying to plan shoots for his "The Mountain Men" book that would have him flying back and forth between the US and the Netherlands in between a busy schedule of commercial shoots, where he draws the most creative inspiration, his thoughts on AI and the future of commercial photography, and the advice he gives to others chasing their own creative dreams.  

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https://www.jeroennieuwhuis.nl/

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Apr 7, 2023

Photographer Rob Hammer joins the podcast to talk about his newest book "Roadside Meditations" and how he went from a kid growing up in upstate New York with absolutely no idea of what he wanted to do with his life, to working odd jobs wherever he could get them, to moving out west and slowly falling in love with photography, to building a portfolio that would have him shooting some of the biggest named athletes in the world for companies like Nike, to finally realizing that his true passion was being on the road working on his many personal projects.  During our conversation Rob talks about how his idea of success shifted from the goal of big paychecks and the validation of others, to spending time chasing the images and stories that truly inspire him and what it looks like to balance his time with the work that pays and the work that inspires, and how those two can sometimes come together as one.  We also talk about how he first fell in love with the American roadtrip and the inspiration and lessons he constantly finds from not only the people and places he experiences, but from the introspection that inevitably comes from long hours of traveling alone.  Lastly, we discuss the process of putting together a book, how he has begun pitching documentary stories to commercial clients, and the advice he gives to others chasing their own creative journey.  

To Learn More About Rob Hammer Visit:

https://www.robhammerphotography.com/

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https://www.instagram.com/robhammerphoto/

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Mar 24, 2023

Commercial photographer/director and co-founder of "A Collective Us" Kate Rolston joins the podcast from her Denver studio to talk about her journey from the advertising agency world of New York where she worked on campaigns for companies like Canon, to getting hired by Tyler Stableford and making the move to Colorado where she had the opportunity to be a creative partner on a lot of big commercial projects, to finally going out on her own and finding success in both the worlds of still and motion commercial and editorial work.  During our conversation Kate talks about growing up in New Jersey with an early love of creative expression, not only in the form of drawing and painting, but as a ballet dancer with the expression of movement and the discipline it offered.  After attending college in Boulder, CO she would pursue a career in the advertising world of New York City, but soon fell in love with her own creative pursuits which would eventually lead her all the way back to Colorado and create the career she is known for today.  Kate and I discuss her belief in herself as an artist and how that gave her the confidence to trust enough in her own vision to leave a secure creative job, what it's like as a new mom to try and balance a work life with a family life, how she pulls the most inspiration from taking long drives with the music on, having gratitude for clients that trust in you to help achieve their vision, and the advice she gives to others chasing their own creative goals.  

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Mar 17, 2023

Celebrity portrait photographer Jesse Dittmar joins the podcast from his New York studio to talk about his beautiful new coffee table book "Overexposed" (link in the show notes below), and how he went from a kid obsessing over photo books in Barnes and Noble, to assisting some of the most famous photographers in the world, to creating his own sought after aesthetic, and having the opportunity to focus his camera on some very recognizable faces.  During our conversation Jesse talks about what it was like growing up in the shadows of New York City as the son of a music agent that gave him a peak behind the curtain of celebrity, his early passion for music that would propel him towards a dream of one day becoming a musician himself, when he fell in love with photography, how he ended up assisting photographers like Annie Leibovitz and Martin Schoeller, and the gamble he took on himself to venture out on his own and find his voice in one of the most competitive niches that exists in photography today.  We also talk about what goes into creating a book like "Overexposed", how he's remained so in love with the process of photography, what he thinks the trick to longevity is, and the advice he gives to others chasing their own creative dreams.  

To Learn More About Jesse Dittmar Visit:

https://jessedittmar.com/

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To Buy His New Book "Overexposed" Visit:

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Feb 22, 2023

Photographer, musician, writer, and all around lover and teacher of the creative process, Reuben Radding joins the podcast to talk about his amazing journey from touring musician, to struggling novelist, to street and documentary photographer, and how his love of the practice has been his saving grace in a medium that can sometimes be overtaken by the pursuit of money and recognition.  During our conversation Reuben talks about his younger years growing up in the suburbs of DC as the son of two musicians, and the turmoil inside the home that would send him on a path away from the facade of everyday existence and into the music and art scene of the DC area.  After dropping out of high school at the age of 16 and starting to the tour the south with his band, Reuben ended up making the move to his now home of New York City in the 80s where he continued to pursue his passion for making music.  After a while, he decided he wanted to focus on his new love of writing, and ended up moving west to Montana and then on to Seattle, finally ending up back in New York and picking up a new creative outlet of photography which would soon overtake the others as the expression that most know him for today.  When he's not exhibiting his work across the country, or teaching workshops, you can find Reuben wandering the streets of his beloved NYC, continuing to focus on the practice, and as passionate about photography today as when he first picked up the camera.  

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Feb 10, 2023

Fine artist and commercial photographer/director Tim Tadder returns to the show to continue the conversation about AI generated artwork and what it could mean for the future of the creative community.  During our conversation Tim talks about what initially attracted him towards the technology and how he began implementing it into his own workflow, why it seems to lend itself better to certain artists' aesthetic, that there is nothing new about a disruptive style of artwork that changes the creative landscape, why he understands the fear and anxiety of photographers and artists and even their combative attitudes towards his own work, his willingness to put himself out there and hopefully educate some people on the creative potential of this tool, his upcoming gallery show in Miami that will feature AI generated work, and the fact that this technology has already found it's way into the commercial and fine art landscape and is most likely here to stay.  

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Feb 9, 2023

Photographer / Director Jacob Pritchard returns to the podcast as the first guest in a two part series discussing the controversial rise of AI generated artwork and what it could mean for the future of visual artists. During our conversation Jacob talks about some of his own experimentations with different software and the benefits of at least understanding the technology, his frustration with so many creatives who refuse to accept the reality that this is most likely here to stay, how it might be able to become another tool in the toolkit of artists, the conversations he is having with art directors and ad agencies on how this technology might work for them, and some of the photographers and artists who seem to have been able to incorporate it seamlessly into their own workflow and aesthetic.  We also talk about his deep dive into the world of instagram reels and how speaking to others on topics has inspired his own work and has helped him stay relevant in an ever changing industry.  

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Jan 19, 2023

Photographer, skateboarder, and most recently North Shore documentarian Arto Saari returns to the podcast to talk about how finally deciding to shoot everyday life around him in his adopted home of the North Shore of O'ahu would re-inspire his passion for photography and turn into a beautiful ongoing body of work that was recently featured by The Surfer's Journal in a feature and short video piece titled "Nordic Blood. Tropic Heart." During our conversation Arto talks about finally feeling like he's becoming part of the tight knit community that is the north shore, how and why he first started taking photos off of the bike path in town, when he realized that there was something visually there that was constantly pulling him back, the unique challenges of shooting street style documentarian work in a small town that you reside in, and what the future might hold for the images he's been accumulating.

To Learn More About Arto Saari Visit:

http://www.artosaari.com

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To Watch "Nordic Blood. Tropic Heart." Visit:

https://www.surfersjournal.com/editorial/arto-saari-nordic-blood-tropic-heart/

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