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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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Mar 24, 2020

On this episode of Visual Revolutionary Shorts I take a small break from the normal talk of photography, filmmaking, and creativity to address the current situation we all find ourselves in these days and what I feel like a meditation/mindfulness practice can do to help in times of fear, anxiety, and uncertainty.  I'll be back very soon with a new episode, but until then I hope this talk comes in handy to someone out there struggling.  

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Mar 12, 2020

Commercial, editorial, and outdoor adventure photographer and filmmaker Sofia Jaramillo joins the podcast to talk about how she went from a kid growing up on the slopes of Sun Valley, Idaho to working as a photojournalist in Mexico City, to living in Jackson Hole Wyoming focusing her camera on the outdoor adventure lifestyle she is surrounded by for brands like the North Face and publications ranging from National Geographic to the New York Times.  Sofia found photography at a young age and instantly fell in love with the idea of having the ability to visually communicate to others the way she saw her surroundings.  Throughout her high school and college years, she focused on her craft and moved towards a future in journalism while studying and working for the Yakima Herald in Washington State. But after a stint as a photojournalist in Mexico City, she decided to move to the mountains of Jackson Hole and focus on the lifestyle and adventures that existed there.  Before long she began to get recognition from her peers, as well as from national publications and outdoor brands and has since begun to make a name for herself in the photography industry.  During our conversation we talk about what is was like to recently have the opportunity to represent National Geographic at the winter X Games in Aspen, CO, how she has transitioned into motion with a new film she is currently working on, what it was like to connect with her Latin routes after growing up in the predominantly white culture of a ski town, and the advice that she gives to others chasing their creative dreams in the mountains.  

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http://www.sofiajaramillophoto.com

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https://www.instagram.com/sofia_jaramillo5/

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Mar 10, 2020

Photographer, author, educator, and host of the Candid Frame Podcast Ibarionex Perello joins me on the mics to talk about what he's learned about humanity and about himself from over 25 years of shooting on the streets of downtown Los Angeles, as well as all over the world.  During our conversation I get the chance to ask him what made him want to start his own podcast, what he's learned from over 500 conversations with photographers and filmmakers, what his feelings are about the current state of trying to make a living as a creative, and the advice he gives to those that are.  

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https://www.instagram.com/ibarionex/

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Feb 26, 2020

On this episode of the podcast I'm joined by photographer, architect, designer, and all around content creator Demas Rusli to find out how he went from a kid growing up in Sydney Australia with a fascination for architecture, to picking up a camera, building a loyal instagram following, and shooting for some of the biggest brands in the world like Adidas, Samsung, and more, all the while maintaining a job as a working architect and designer.  It was a conversation I was looking forward to having about what the path of a young talented creative can look like in today's photography world.  Demas tells me what it was like to move from the place of his birth in Jakarta Indonesia to Sydney Australia at a very early age and how that affected his youth, his interests, and the path he would end up taking in life.  While chasing his dreams of becoming an architect, he was introduced to photography and fell in love with the medium and the idea of capturing the world the way he saw it. Although he didn't want to give up his new career in architecture and design, he was quickly building an audience on Instagram and before long companies began approaching him to shoot for them.  During our conversation he tells me what it's like juggling two creative careers, both of which he loves, and how they can sometimes play off each other.  We talk about digital manipulation and post production techniques that has brought photography into a new realm and whether or not it has crossed a line of still being photography or not, how he keeps from getting burned out, the way he stays organized, and the advice he gives to others hoping to fulfill their own creative goals.  

To Find out More About Demas Rusli Visit:

https://www.demasrusli.com

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https://www.instagram.com/demas/

Also check out his Podcast 529 at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC66vdXZvc_j0Ee-Z2FzDo_A

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Feb 20, 2020

On this episode of the Best of The Visual Revolutionary Podcast I sit down with renowned portrait photographer, illustrator, writer, and category defying creative, Dan Winters.  Although you might know Dan from his critically acclaimed portraits of iconic celebrities, musicians, and cultural influencers, he has built a reputation for his ability to capture a broad range of subjects, and has produced a dizzying amount of work across an array of genres.  Whether shooting the last shuttle launches for NASA or a portrait of the President, Dan has an ability to interpret the subject at hand with a very unique eye that has been influenced by years of curiosity. During our conversation we talk about how to properly show diversity in your portfolio, which images he remembers being milestones to his successful career, why he left LA for Austin, TX, and how he manages to juggle so many creative projects.

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Feb 12, 2020

On this episode of The Best of The Visual Revolutionary Podcast I sit down with renowned photographer Glen E. Friedman.  To take a look through some of Friedman's archive is like stepping back into time and getting the chance to live through the subcultures he was there to bare witness to.  He created images that would help define a generation.  From the Dogtown Days of skateboarding with Tony Alva and Jay Adams, to the raw energy of punk with Black Flag and Minor Threat, to the early days of hip hop with the Beastie Boys and Run DMC, Friedman was there with a camera in hand.  The list of recognizable names and artists that he helped visually introduce to the world goes on and on and stands as a testament to his own taste in what he thought was important to photograph. During my conversation I get the chance to ask Friedman what he thinks the next youth movement will be, what it's like to work with some of the biggest names in music, and the advice he gives to others about following their passion.  So enjoy this conversation with Glen E. Friedman.  

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Feb 6, 2020

Director, cinematographer, and co-founder of the Video Production company OPNSZN, Caleb Seales joins the podcast right off the heels of the newest music video he had the chance to work on with Atlanta's own EarthGang featuring the song "Swivel".  As a young up and coming director, already with a who's who list of top musical artist he's worked with, Caleb tells me what it was like growing up in a small town in Georgia where no one seemed to look at creativity as a way out.  Although he had never given any thought to photography and filmmaking growing up, he decided to buy his first camera during college and it quickly became an obsession.  When he was given the opportunity to shoot Atlanta's A3C Festival, he jumped at the chance, and things started happening quickly for what would become Caleb's future career. During our conversation Caleb tells me how a camera first made it's way into his life, what having positive mentors has meant to his quick rise in an ever expanding career, what goes into creating music videos for artist like J Cole, EarthGang, Cantrell, and many more, and the advice he gives to other young up and coming artists like himself.  

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Jan 30, 2020

Director, cinematographer, photographer, and friend of the show Zach Wolfe returns to talk about what's going on in the creative world of Atlanta, the changes he's experienced with the commercial filmmaking scene and the budgets they bring, his thoughts on smaller camera systems vs the Red and Arri cinema setups, how we both feel about marketing ourselves and where agents stand in that dynamic, and how to continue to set yourself apart in an ever-growing world of creatives.  Make sure to check out Zach's original episode (#85) to hear his amazing backstory of covering the rise of much of the Atlanta hip hop scene and how that grew into the career he has today.  

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Jan 23, 2020

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Volcom staff snowboard photographer and professional vagabond Vernon Deck joins the podcast to talk how he went from a kid growing up in a small town in New Zealand within the confines of a strict religious community, to traveling the globe, discovering photography, and creating a unique mark of his own on the world of snowboarding.  Although Vernon had an idyllic childhood for the most part, he tragically lost his father at the age of 16 and it changed the direction of his life forever.  He soon found himself backpacking through Australia and Europe trying to figure out what was next when he stumbled across photography.  At first it was just a means to document his life and travels, but when he decided to go check out a snowboarding event in Switzerland, he realized he had found his calling.  Before long Vernon was making a name for himself as a snowboard photographer and was offered a staff position with Volcom.  Since then he has spent the last 14 years traveling the globe, chasing winter, and capturing the sport and culture of snowboarding not only for Volcom, but for other top publications and brands in the industry.  During our conversation Vernon tells me what it's like to be a team photographer in today's constant need of new content, how he found sailing and decided to start taking months off of shooting every year to travel the world by himself on a sailboat, and the advice he gives to others trying to chase their own adventures in life

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Jan 16, 2020

Ray Barbee is not only one of the most influential street skateboarders in history, he's an amazing photographer, musician, and creative thinker, as well as one of the most frequently requested guests I get from fans of the show.  As a young kid growing up in the 80's in San Jose, CA, Ray was introduced to skateboarding during the heyday of backyard ramps and the vert skating kings that had ruled the era.  But before long, street skating started to take hold and Ray found a more accessible form of skateboarding that he and his friends felt they could mold with their own style.  Ray was quickly noticed by one of the biggest names in the business and joined the legendary Powell Peralta team and started working closely with Stacy Peralta and some of his skateboard heroes.  The rest is history, and he would go on to to have an amazing career as a professional skater that continues to this day.  During those years of traveling the globe, Ray realized he was missing an opportunity to capture the life he was living and embraced the craft of photography, spurred on by so many of his photographer friends he knew through the skate world.  During our conversation we talk about what it was like to tour the world as a professional skateboarder, his early influences in photography, what made him embrace the Leica M6 and black and white film, what it's been like having a relationship with such a legendary camera brand, and the advice he gives to others who yearn for a more creative existence.  

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And make sure to check out his Solo Music Albums or many of the projects plays in at:

http://www.galaxiarecords.com/artist/ray-barbee

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Jan 9, 2020

Brady and Alex take a break from sailing adventures on the SV Delos to join the podcast and talk about what life looks like living on a ship and what all goes into creating a YouTube show and producing original content while in the middle of the ocean. Although Brady and his older brother Brian are 10 years apart in age and didn't spend that much time together growing up, when Brian made the decision to quit his job, buy a boat and sail the world, it would end up bringing them closer than they could ever imagine and grow into a YouTube sensation with a fan base all over the world.  Part of the tradition on the boat has been bringing on fans who want to sail and work, and one of those adventurous souls was Alex Blue, who was no stranger to living on ships, and brought a wealth of knowledge of photography and filmmaking.  Before long, Brady and Alex became inseparable and these days they make up the four person main crew along with Brian and his wife Karin.  During our conversation we talk about how the Delos and the YouTube show came into existence, what it's like being out at sea disconnected from so much of the rest of the world for long periods of time, what it looks like to create each episode, and the advice they give to others looking for a life of adventure and creativity.  

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Jan 1, 2020

Award winning photography team Ben and Erin Chrisman join the podcast to talk about how they met at a friend's wedding, making the move to San Fransisco, the creation of Chrisman studios that has consistently been named as one of the top 10 wedding photography studios in the world, and their most recent move to Charleston, South Carolina to focus on their newest endeavor King and Fields studio and their 3 year old daughter.  Ben and Erin both come from the world of photojournalism and were heavily influenced by some of the greats.  After establishing themselves individually as wedding photographers they ended up coming together and forming a powerful creative team around the idea of not only applying a photojournalistic style of shooting, but of not being afraid to embrace weirder and more artistic compositions.  They quickly rose to become a very prominent studio, shooting huge destination weddings all over the world, but soon realized that they would love to be able to settle down more and shoot from a home base.  During our conversation we talk about the early days in Northern California and their house in Oakland that served as a creative hang out for so many other photographers, what it was like shooting weddings in some of the most unique locations in the world, and what inspired them to want to move back to the south and create a portrait photography studio.  

To Learn More About Chrisman Studios Visit:

https://www.chrismanstudios.com

To Learn More About King and Fields Visit:

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Dec 19, 2019

Photographer Amy Arbus sits down with me to talk about what it was like growing up surrounded by so much creativity.  As the daughter of one of the most famous and recognizable names in photography, Diane Arbus and her well known photographer/actor father Allan Arbus, Amy had no shortage of inspiration and expectation when she decided to pursue her own creative callings.  She realized she felt a natural pull towards photography and wanted to find her personal voice as an artist. She would go on to create a deep body of work across the fine art, editorial, and commercial worlds, and establish her own legacy as a respected photographer, artist, and teacher.  During our conversation Amy tells me about the tragic loss of her mother and how that effected her at a young age, what it was like studying under Richard Avedon, the 10 years she spent shooting street portraits in the east village of New York for the Village Voice during what many would consider one of the most creative eras ever, and how she's given back to the community by years of teaching at the International Center of Photography.  

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Dec 12, 2019

Photographer, creative director, and entrepreneur Leif Steiner joins the show to talk about how he went from studying biochemistry and running track and cross country at Penn State, to switching his major to graphic design, moving to Colorado, and creating his own very successful ad agency, as well as his most recent decision to walk away from it all and pursue a creative calling to travel the world and photograph some of the last indigenous cultures that have still only had minimal contact by the outside world.  I was recently introduced to Leif's work by a feature and interview with Phase One camera and was instantly fascinated by a lot of his stories and attitude on work, creativity, and travel.  After our long conversation, it is clear to me that Leif has a work ethic and drive that would bring him success in whatever goals he sets for himself.  Leif talks about having children very early in life and how that helped spur him forward to founding and becoming the creative director of Moxie Sozo in Boulder Colorado which would grow to 35 employees and clients worldwide by the time he decided to sell the company.  During our conversation Leif tells me what made him decide to walk away from a lucrative creative career, what it was like hitchhiking across the Pakistan/Afghanistan border, the commonalities and kindness he has experienced in cultures across the world, how he plans to keep photographing different indigenous people, and the advice he gives to those seeking to fulfill their own creative goals.  

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Dec 5, 2019

Brooklyn based photographer, writer, and educator Amy Touchette joins the podcast to talk about her work as a street and documentary photographer and portraitist, and how tragedy and the reminder of her own mortality is what caused her to reevaluate her life and career in the publishing world and set out to pursue a life dedicated to visual storytelling, as well as living her own truth. Amy was always an artistic kid with a passion for reading, writing, and creating art in general.  She continued to pursue that passion studying literature in college with dreams of teaching and writing.  After earning her masters degree in San Francisco, she ended up in New York City working in the publishing industry and slowly making her way to a position as a managing editor. Before long however, she was yearning for a more creative outlet and realized that she was building a career she didn't love.  She was painting a lot, but felt like she wanted something that would  pull her out of her own solitary world and found photography, inspired by the characters of the NYC streets.  But it was the tragedy of 9/11 that would give her another reminder that life can sometimes be cut too short, and to not waste anymore time doing things she wasn't passionate about, and she began chasing her creative aspirations with a more focused dedication. During our conversation Amy tells me what inspired her to take on a 4 year long personal project of photographing and living with the burlesque dancer The World Famous Bob and the book "Shoot the Arrow" that would help establish her in the photography world, the inspiration she finds everyday from wandering the streets of New York and the characters that inhabit it, what she's learned about the human condition from years of street interactions, what inspires her to keep moving forward, and the advice she gives to others who want to pursue a more creative lifestyle.  

To Learn More About Amy Touchette Visit:

https://www.amytouchette.com

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Nov 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  I have so much gratitude for this show and the opportunity to have long talks with such legendary creatives like my conversation from way back on episode #38 with Magnum Photographer and all around inspiring artist David Alan Harvey.  Enjoy the holiday......and find a moment to be grateful. 

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Nov 20, 2019

Painter, Graphic Artist, and Element Skateboard Brand Collaborator Chad Eaton, better known to many by one of his more popular art personas "Timber", joins the podcast to talk about how he went from a kid growing up in LA with a rough start on his early family years, to creating a successful art brand of his own as well as working for major clients all over the world.  Growing up in southern California in the early 90s, Chad was introduced to skateboarding at an early age and quickly fell in love with the freedom and since of belonging it provided for someone who usually felt on the outside.  Although Chad had always been a creative kid, and his mother was an artist herself, it was years later that he found his way back to the therapeutic practice of sketching, painting, and creating in general.  After a while he got the opportunity to create some branding for a skate shop that would end up leading him to some of his now famous characters and to the world of Timber the artist.  With the arrival of Etsy, he soon found himself in high demand for all of the apparel he was making and it would end up leading him to forming a long lasting relationship with the skateboard company Element.  During our conversation we talk about how Chad first created the world and all the characters that live in it he has become known for under the Timber moniker, what it's been like having such a long lasting and successful relationship with a skate brand like Element, the trips he's had all over the world creating murals and doing art tours, and the advice he gives to others who have big creative dreams.   

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Nov 15, 2019

Renowned skateboard and commercial photographer Mike Blabac returns to the podcast to talk about his new book "Family Portraits...Mike Blabac Photography 1994-2019", as well as the new film by the same name directed by Jacob Rosenberg that follows Mike's storied career, the process of shooting the book, and what skateboarding has meant to his life.  Make sure to check out Mike's full biographical episode way back at #14.  During this conversation we talk about what inspired him to want to create this book, what goes into the selection process of picking each portrait, the beautifully shot film collaboration with Jacob Rosenberg, working with St Archer Brewing company as a creative partner, how skateboarding and the culture around it preserves his youth, and what he's learned from so many amazing creative people he's been fortunate enough to be surrounded by.  Make sure to pick up a copy of his new book at the link below as well as watch the new film.

To Pick up Your Copy of "Family Portraits" Visit:

https://www.etsy.com/market/mike_blabac

To Watch the New Film "Mike Blabac...Family Portraits Visit:

https://vimeo.com/370946743

To Learn More About Mike Blabac Visit:

https://www.blabacphoto.com

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Nov 13, 2019

Best selling author, photographer, video producer, and educator Marc Silber joins the show to talk about his latest book "Create: Tools from Seriously Talented People to Unleash Your Creative Life", and how he went from an artistic young kid with a camera hanging out around Heigh Ashbury in the late 60s, to the art institute of San Francisco, to teaching mountaineering, to spending years as a business consultant, to finally re-kindling his love of photography, filmmaking, and a creative way of living.  Marc grew up in the hills of Menlo Park, CA and was introduced to photography and the darkroom at a very early age.  During his high school years he had the opportunity to spend some time in Mexico with his Rolleiflex and created a body of work that still inspires him today and sent him on a path that would lead him to the art institute of San Francisco.  Although Marc was always drawn towards visual storytelling, he was also very drawn to the outdoors, and started teaching mountaineering at the National Outdoor Leadership School.  It would be those years of early leadership training that would soon lead him back to education in the creative fields he always loved.  During our conversation Marc tells me what inspired him to start his YouTube series "Advancing Your Photography" where he interviews some of the top photographers in the world, the daily tools and habits he uses to help him stay motivated, creative, and productive, what he's learned from long conversations with so many successful creatives, and the advice he gives to others struggling to fulfill their creative goals.  

To Learn More About Marc and To Buy His Book Visit:

https://www.silberstudios.com

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https://www.youtube.com/user/marcsilber

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Nov 6, 2019

Award winning ski and action sports photographer Reuben Krabbe joins the podcast to talk about his most recent celestial ski photo and the newly released short film "Nebula" (links below) that traces his journey to capture a skier in front of the Orion Nebula, as well as take you inside some of the creative process on what it looks like to chase after such an elusive photograph. Growing up in Calgary, Rueben was always attracted to the mountains that were so close by and the lifestyle that went with them.  But when one of his friends got a hold of his Dad's SLR camera and they started taking pictures of each other on their ski and mountain bike adventures, Reuben began to dream about a future as an action sports photographer, and all the adventures that might entail.  Before long, after a short stint in photography school, he was living in a van in Whistler chasing that goal with a drive and work ethic that would soon enough pair him with the right athletes and companies to start making the images he had imagined.  After a while his imagination for a ski shot became a little more advantageous which would lead him to creating an image of a skier in front of the northern lights first, and then an even bigger project working with Salomon to try and capture an image of skiers in front of the solar eclipse which would lead to several awards, recognition from the industry, and another short film about the process.  With the film Nebula, Reuben sets out to capture what he says is the third and final image of a series of celestial events.  During our conversation Reuben tells me what's it like to try and work around getting pigeon holed as the guy who shoots ski images in front of celestial events, how he manages to stay relevant in such a saturated niche of the industry, the way he goes about visualizing and organizing personal projects, and the advice he gives to others coming up in the world of action sports photography.  

To Watch the new film Nebula Visit:

https://www.nebula-film.com

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https://reubenkrabbe.com

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Oct 31, 2019

Award winning photojournalist, documentary photographer, and filmmaker Sebastian Meyer joins the show to talk about how he went from a kid growing up in New York, to spending ten years living in Kurdistan, co-founding the first Iraqi photography agency, and his beautiful new book that documents the journey and the people called "Under Every Yard of Sky".  Although Sebastian had a similar experience as so many others that have been on this show before of getting the chance to learn photography in a high school class, it wouldn't be until years later during college while he was studying abroad in France that he would truly fall in love with it.  After seeing some of the photos he was taking during his travels, a friend turned him on to the field of photojournalism and gave him a book on Magnum photographers that would change his life.  Soon enough Sebastian was chasing his own dreams as a photojournalist, and even ended up as an intern at the Magnum photography agency.  After moving to London to try and establish himself as a photographer there, Sebastian was given the opportunity through a friend to travel to Kurdistan on an assignment.  While on assignment, he met who would become his best friend and future business partner Kamaran Najm and the two of them would go on to create something idealistic and amazing in Kurdistan.  During our conversation Sebastian tells me what attracted him to life in the middle east and how he ended up calling Kurdistan home for so long, what it was like trying to build a photo agency, the tragic story of his best friend Kamaran, how he feels about the current state of photojournalism, and the advice he gives to others coming up in the field.  

To Learn More About Sebastian Meyer Visit:

https://www.sebmeyer.com

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https://www.sebmeyer.com/bookstore

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Oct 10, 2019

My good friend, and bad ass photographer, Emily Polar returns to the show to have an honest conversation about what it looks like to truly value and honor your time, the issues she has with the conventional model of the the role of an advertising photographer, what it was like to live and study in Nepal for the last three years, the influence Buddhism and daily meditation has on her life, how she manages her money and lives with almost no overhead in order to stay on the move, and the plans she has going forward with her career and her personal life.  Make sure to check out Episode #4 from the way back machine to hear Emily's first appearance on the show where she discusses her backstory and how she got to where she is today.  

To Learn More About Emily Polar Visit:

https://www.emilypolar.com

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Oct 8, 2019

Documentary photographer, respected photojournalist, and educator Glenna Gordon joins the show to talk about how she went from a kid growing up in suburban Orange County, to living in West Africa covering everything from Boko Haram to Muslim women who write romance novels.  Although Glenna was raised in a loving home and in a sheltered community, she was no stranger to stories of tragedy and hardship and was brought up with the intimate knowledge of what true suffering and sacrifice can look like.  She knew from a young age that Irvine was not the place for her and she had dreams of living in New York and seeing what else the world had to offer.  After studying art history at UC Berkley and then getting a job that would move her to NYC, she realized that she wasn't creatively satisfied and wanted more than sitting at a desk full of paperwork.  She attended journalism school at Columbia and then decided to go visit her older brother who was living and working in Rwanda.  On a whim, and full of youthful courage, she somehow managed to talk her way into a Rwandan prison and put together a story about women who were being held there.  That story would end up being the catalyst to her chasing her passion of story telling, becoming more dedicated to photography, and falling in love with the people of Africa.  During our conversation we talk about what made her decide to move to Uganda at the age of 25 and the transition from being a writer to focusing more on telling stories with her camera, what it was like to create such a viral media piece like her story on the 300 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, her eventual move back to New York and realizing some of the stories that needed to be told here in the states, and the advice she gives to those dreaming of one day telling their own visual stories.  

To Learn More About Glenna Gordon Visit:

http://www.glennagordon.com

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Sep 27, 2019

Editorial and Commercial fashion/lifestyle photographer and educator Clay Cook joins the podcast from his studio in Louisville, KY to talk about how he went from years on the road as a guitar player in a popular hard rock band, to shooting fashion editorials and commercial campaigns across the country.  Although Clay was very influenced by movies at an early age and loved trying to create his own short films, at 16 years old he joined a band that would alter the trajectory of his life and send him out chasing the dream of stardom and touring the country for the next 10 years.  Music became everything to him during that time and his band put out an album that attracted the attention of some in the music business and became the foundation of so many of the stories he has from the earlier part of his life. During all those years of touring, Clay started doing graphic design work to supplement his income, which led him to finally picking up a camera in an attempt to create his own stock imagery for design purposes.  Before long he became more and more fascinated by figuring out photography and his band began to realize that it might be time to move on with their lives.  Clay began to put more of his focus on becoming a better shooter and finding clients and the rest is history.  During our conversion Clay talks about the personal project and book that helped launch his career, why he's chosen to keep his studio in a smaller market like Louisville, KY when he is shooting national work, what motivates him to keep creating, some of the positive and negative aspects of getting involved in the online education world of photography, and the advice he gives to others coming up.  

To Learn More About Clay Cook Visit:

https://www.claycookphoto.com

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Sep 11, 2019

Action Sports and Commercial Filmmaker, and one of the co-founders of Anthill Films, Darren McCullough joins the podcast to talk about the crew's latest film "Return to Earth" and how he went from being a kid growing up in the small town of Lions Bay BC to becoming part of a filmmaking team making some of the most cutting edge mountain bike films available. As a kid growing up in a small town with access to both the mountain lifestyle and the ocean, Darren had an early love for skiing and outdoor adventures.  So it was only natural that after his older brother started getting him involved in photography and filmmaking in High School, that he had created his first ski film before he even thought about the prospect of college or the future.  Because of those early tastes of creative success, and with his older brother's mentorship and encouragement, Darren began to pursue what else could come from what seemed to be a fairly natural eye for shooting.  After years of working for others in the commercial realm and continuing his education through a short stint in film school and multiple professional mentorships, Darren realized that he missed being a part of the mountain lifestyle that his first ski film had afforded him.  During that time he met a crew of like minded creatives working on a mountain bike film that would soon become the foundation of The Collective, and would go on to produce three full length feature films and after that would form the basis of what makes up Anthill Films and a very impressive list of film titles that are helping to revolutionize what a mountain bike video looks like in today's standards.  During our conversation we discuss the amount of time and schedule that goes into making a full length film like "Return to Earth", how they go about juggling commercial work with their passion of making mountain bike movies, how he deals with burnout when it sets in, the democracy of working with a big crew, and the advice he gives to those who dream of one day making their own sports action movies.  

To Learn More About Anthill Films or buy the movie Visit:

https://anthillfilms.com

To Rent or Buy the movie "Return To Earth" Visit 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/return-to-earth/id1470555308

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