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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 15, 2018

Photographer, humanitarian, entrepreneur, and all around inspiring guy Jeremy Cowart joins the show this week to talk about a successful career as a celebrity and commercial photographer, what inspired him to step into the world of humanitarian work, and his newest endeavor of starting a chain of boutique hotels with a message of purpose.  Growing up in Nashville, Jeremy became an unfortunately common statistic of a child that was not operating well within the confines of the traditional educational system.  His grades suffered and he really didn't see a future in what others seemed to think was the right career trajectory.  He knew he loved art though, and with his parent's advice to maybe study graphic design, he pursued an education in design that would slowly lead him to finally picking up a camera.  After walking away from a design firm he had built to pursue photography full-time, Jeremy had a fairly quick rise to what many would call rock star status.  He has worked with some of biggest named celebrities in the world, was named by Huffington Post as The Most Influential Photographer on the Internet, recognized by Ad Week as 10 Visual Artist who are changing the way we see the world, and even nominated for an Emmy for best commercial campaign.  During our conversation we talk about stepping into your fears and chasing your dreams and goals, the practices he uses to avoid burn out, and the advice he gives to those coming in the current era of photography.  

To Learn More About Jeremy Cowart Visit:

https://www.jeremycowart.com

To Learn More About The Purpose Hotel Visit:

https://www.thepurposehotel.com

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http://www.visualrevolutionary.com

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Mar 8, 2018

Adventure photographer Alex Strohl returns to the show to talk about his new photography workshop course, how to set yourself apart and find your own point of view as a photographer, using other photographer's presets, pre-production planning in the world of adventure travel photography, and what it means to be a brand as a photographer today.  Make sure to check out Alex's original full length biographical episode (#50 of the podcast) to hear his complete backstory.  But for now enjoy this shorter conversation exploring some topics that many of you need to hear.  

To Buy Alex's new Adventure Photography Workshop Visit:

https://workshop.alexstrohl.com

** Use the discount code VISUALREV at checkout for $100 off 

Learn More About Visual Revolutionary At:

http://www.visualrevolutionary.com

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Mar 2, 2018

Legendary magnum photographer, teacher, and friend of the show David Alan Harvey returns to talk about not overlooking the surroundings of your own local environment while you wait to photograph dream destinations, dealing with gear acquisition syndrome aka G.A.S., and how he's managed to keep a child like wonderment of photography after all these years.  Make sure to check out David's original biographical conversation (episode #38 of the podcast) to hear the complete backstory of his career, which has remained one of the most popular episodes to date.  During this shorter conversation David continues to push the message of having something to say with your photography, sometimes simplifying your gear and getting out of your own way, and some of the common mistakes he sees younger photographers making.  Check out David's work at https://www.davidalanharvey.com

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Feb 28, 2018

Skateboard photographer and filmmaker Fred Mortagne, better known to many as French Fred, joins the show to talk about what it was like growing up in Lyon France, the early European skate scene, and developing a still photography aesthetic that would set him apart in an ever growing industry.  Like many people that have been on this podcast, Fred fell in love with skateboarding at an early age and was creatively inspired by the scene around him.  He realized that no one was really capturing the French skateboard community and he set out to make skateboard films of what was going on around him in Lyon.  He was quickly recognized by companies like 411 and Etnies, and soon found himself traveling to the states and around the world to shoot the thing he loved the most.  Although many might know Fred's skateboard films like Menikmati,  it's his ability to capture skateboarding so uniquely in a still photograph that made me want to talk to him the most.  Through his years of filming, Fred carried a still camera with him as well and would use small windows of time to shoot a very personal side of skateboarding that he felt wasn't represented and probably wasn't very commercial.  After many years of dedication himself to that vision, Fred has compiled a body of work that is timeless, unique, and visually stunning.  During our conversation, we discuss what it's like to spend years developing a personal project, remaining true to your vision as an artist, and his beautiful book Attraper Au Vol.  

To Check out Fred's Work Visit:  http://frenchfred.com

Or check him out on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/frenchfred/

To Learn More About Visual Revolutionary Visit: http://www.visualrevolutionary.com

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Feb 23, 2018

Legendary skate photographer Grant Brittain returns to the show for the first installment of Visual Revolutionary Shorts to discuss managing and monetizing a photography archive, and if there is such thing as retirement from photography and the skateboard industry. Make sure to check out Grant's original episode to hear his whole story, but during this conversation we talk about the general disorder his slide and print archive is in, still dressing like a young skater in your 60s, and not waiting too late to start organizing your archive.  Check out Grant's work at http://www.jgrantbrittain.com 

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Feb 21, 2018

Photographer and Creative Live Host Kenna Klosterman joins the podcast to share her inspirational story of walking away from an unfulfilled life full of depression and anxiety in the corporate world, to living her dream as a working photographer, Cuba travel guide,  and host of a company helping to unlock the creative in us all.  Kenna grew up in LA, found photography at an early age, and knew instantly that she wanted to pursue the art form.  Yet after graduating from Berkley and deciding to work as an assistant for two photographers who were constantly struggling to pay the bills, Kenna decided to try and pursue a more financially rewarding life with an MBA from the prestigious Wharton School.  After graduating, she began to chase a career from one corporation to the next, wondering why she could not seem to find happiness and sinking more and more into a state of depression.  After deciding to take time to travel the world with her friends, Kenna found a new company called creative live that was offering free photography classes that would alter the course of her life and finally help her begin to make the changes she had been dreaming about all along.  During our conversation we talk about being willing to chase your dreams, dealing with depression and the meditation practice that helped her through some of the hardest times, and always cultivating personal projects throughout your career.  

To Learn More About Kenna Visit: https://www.kennakphoto.com

Check her out on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/kennaklosterman/

Learn More About Visual Revolutionary At: http://www.visualrevolutionary.com

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Feb 14, 2018

Hasselblad ambassador and award winning commercial and advertising photographer Blair Bunting joins us on this episode of the podcast to talk about everything from the importance of our legacy as photographers, to mental health, to what it's like working with some of the biggest brands in the world.  Although his father introduced him to photography at an early age, it would take the loss of a close friend in high school, and the depression that set in afterwards, that would finally send Blair back to the camera as a tool to re-connect with the social world and with himself.  He became fascinated with the ability to show others the world through his eyes, and knew the future would revolve around the art of photography.  Choosing to study business and sociology in college instead of an arts degree, Blair bet on the idea that he would need a background in understanding business practices and the people around him and chose to teach himself photography.  Before long however, he received an opportunity of a lifetime to become mentored by a master and was able to get a crash course in the world of lighting and photography.  Before he was even done with college, Blair would already have representation and a client base that many established pros would be jealous of.  Blair has gone on to to shoot advertising campaigns all over the world and has become known for a signature look and an ability well beyond his years.  During our conversation we get the chance to talk about what it's like to be an ambassador for such a well respected legacy brand like Hasselblad, the challenges of dealing with anxiety and panic on commercial shoots, and the advice he gives to others on leaving a legacy and respecting the ones that came first.  

To Learn More About Blair Bunting Visit: https://www.blairbunting.com

To Learn More About Visual Revolutionary Visit: http://www.visualrevolutionary.com

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Feb 5, 2018

On this episode of the podcast we are joined by renowned commercial photographer and director Michael Grecco. Although best known for his iconic celebrity portraits, Michael has a body of work that spans everything from fine art to filmmaking, and has had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest named clients in the world. He's given back to the photography community as well, with multiple books and talks on lighting technique, copyright protection, business strategies, and more. During our conversation Michael tells us about growing up outside of New York City in the 70s and his early creative inspiration from childhood trips to the Museum of Modern Art and the International Center of Photography. After learning how to develop film at a summer camp program, Michael was hooked. He knew that one day he wanted to be a professional photographer. Although he chased the world of photojournalism in Boston at first, Michael soon realized that his early artistic heroes had helped him create an eye that was better suited for creating photos than just capturing them. He soon found himself in LA, working with People magazine and, before long, creating a look and lighting style that would kick-start a legendary career. Through it all, Michael has continued to evolve as an artist and share with others what years in the business has taught him. We get to discuss some of those ideas during this show, like how to protect your copyrights, what it's like to work in the world of celebrity photography, the way in which the photography business seems to be changing, and the advice he gives to those crazy enough to want to try and make it their career.

To Learn More About Michael Grecco Visit:

http://www.michaelgrecco.com

To Learn More About Visual Revolutionary Visit:

http://www.visualrevolutionary.com

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Jan 19, 2018

KC Armstrong joins the podcast for this episode to talk about growing up in Alberta in the shadows of the Canadian Rockies, establishing himself as a sought after photographer in Toronto, and slowly breaking into the LA scene as a celebrity shooter.  KC's life was that of the normal 70s/80s suburban kid.  Getting lost on skateboards and BMX bikes, and venturing into the mountains to snowboard whenever he got the chance.  But the world of punk rock, and the creative sub culture it bought with it, would soon change his outlook on life  and send him in a trajectory of playing in bands and finally finding a true passion for photography.  After several years of working at a grocery store after high school, and wondering what would be next in his life, KC decided to enroll at the Alberta College of Art and Design and began carving out a path that would lead him to a move to Toronto and the beginnings of a commercial photography client base.  Over the years KC has worked with everyone from top professional athletes, to celebrities, to personal projects like his current "Skate Legends" series that showcases beautiful portraits of very familiar faces from the world of skateboarding.  During our conversation we get the chance to explore where he thinks the current state of the photography business is headed, the trials of breaking into the small world of LA celebrity shooters, spreading the word to others to not give away your copyrights, and always raising the bar on your future ambitions.  

To Learn More About KC Armstrong Visit:

https://www.kcarmstrong.net

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or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/visualrevolutionary/

Jan 11, 2018

Action Sports, lifestyle, and advertising photographer Dave Lehl joins us on this episode of the podcast to talk about his current life on the road in his new fifth wheel home, and the evolution of his work and client base.  Although best known for his cutting edge snowboard photography for editorial clients like Transworld and Future magazine, and as the team photographer for Rome Snowboards, Dave has continued to evolve his look and reach as a photographer and incorporate the worlds of all sports. Dave talks about growing up in Pueblo, Colorado and his constant missions into the mountains with his family to explore on dirt bikes, snowboards, and skateboards.  It was that early lifestyle that would keep Dave in the mountains even though his original dream was shooting fashion in New York.  It was the mountains that Dave understood and it was his ability to translate that into an image that began to finally get him traction as a photographer.  Dave has since gone on to work with some of the biggest editorial and advertising clients in the world, and created a style that has set him apart from others.  During our conversation we talk about constantly growing as an artist, the benefits of assisting seasoned professionals in your early career, what it feels like to question your decision to be a photographer, and how he continues to attract a new commercial client base.  So enjoy this conversation with Dave Lehl.  

To Learn More About Dave Lehl Visit:

https://www.davelehl.com

 

Jan 1, 2018

On this episode of the podcast we sit down with renowned photographer Jill Greenberg to talk about what most would consider to be a very successful career in photography, all while remaining true to herself and her ideals as an artist.  Although best known for creating a very recognizable look with her "End Times" series in 2005, Jill has a career that stretches over decades and involves shoots with some of the biggest name celebrities, musicians, politicians, and other social influencers. Jill has been credited with helping to usher in multiple new looks that have been replicated by many. She was born in Montreal, but moved to Detroit at an early age where she would begin to develop her artistic path while attending Cranbrook Elementary School, studying everything from photography to animation.  Jill continued to pursue her artistic passion as she grew up, but was encouraged by one of her professors to focus on photography.  After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design, Jill began to carve out her own niche in the competitive world of photography.  During our conversation I get the chance to ask Jill how she built her career and how she's remained relevant in a world becoming more and more saturated with imagery.  We discuss what it's like being "pigeon holed" by one look, how her career was effected by some of the controversy she found herself involved in, and the advice she gives to others coming up in the world of photography.  

To Learn More About Jill Greenberg Visit: https://www.jillgreenberg.com

Dec 21, 2017

National Geographic Photographer, Filmmaker, and founding partner of 3 Strings Productions Andy Mann tells us about growing up on a farm in rural Virginia, learning to shit in the woods, getting his first guitar, and his early attempts at taking pictures.  His vagabond lifestyle of playing music and climbing provide the foundation of an inspiring story that culminates into his current status of shooting for one of the most respected photo agencies in the world.  

To Learn More About Andy Mann Visit:

http://www.andymann.com

To Learn More About 3 Strings Productions Visit:

http://www.3stringspro.com

 

Dec 7, 2017

Photographer and Documentarian Michael Christopher Brown joins us on the show today for a heartfelt conversation about what it means to truly be present to humanity, and if we are able to do that at the same time as looking through a viewfinder.  Many of you might know Michael from his most recent book "Libyan Sugar" and his amazing ability to capture the wide range of human emotions in conflict zones from Benghazi to the Congo.  He's a regular contributing photographer to some of the most prestigious outlets in the world like Time, National Geographic, and The New York Times, and has covered some of the most historical events of the last 20 years.  During the time many would refer to as the Arab Spring, Michael went to Libya to experience the uprising and to document what would happen when people decided to take back the power.  It was there that Michael would be faced with many near death experiences, including a well documented mortar attack that killed one of his good friends and colleagues.  It was those moments, in the long run, that would make Michael question what it was he was doing there and what it meant to be a photographer and fellow human being.  During this conversation, I get the chance to explore those topics with Michael and talk about facing your own traumatic experiences after returning home from a conflict zone, finding true meaning and happiness within the chaos, and the advice he gives to others who want to travel the world and document the human existence.  So join us as we explore some of what it means to be a person and a photographer.  

To Learn More About Micheal Visit:

http://michaelchristopherbrown.com

To Buy his book "Libyan Sugar" Visit:

https://twinpalms.com/books-artists/libyan-sugar/

 

Nov 29, 2017

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This week we sit down with the Alchemistress herself Lindsey Ross to talk about wet plate photography and the hustle of making a living in a sped up digital era with a slowed down vintage process. Lindsey talks about growing up in Ohio and the influence that an early education in art and photography had on the outcome of her life.  Although she walked away from it to study religion in college, it soon caught up to her again as she traveled west and found a new life and calling in the mountains working as a photojournalist.  Lindsey tells  stories of living on an idyllic ranch with her boyfriend and his parents and the eventual move to Wyoming that would kickstart her photographic career.  She would later relocate to California to attend Brooks institute and earn her MFA.  It was there that she would meet her mentor and become fascinated with the wet plate collodion process.  During this conversation I get to ask how Lindsey has carved out a living for herself in this digital dominated industry with such an old technique, what's it like preparing a body of work for a gallery show, shooting portraits with a slow and cumbersome camera, the music that keeps her going in the studio, and the inspiration she finds in nature.  So enjoy this conversation with Lindsey Ross.  

To Learn More About Lindsey Ross Visit: http://www.lindseyrossphoto.com

 

Nov 22, 2017

This week on the podcast we are joined by photographer Chris Buck to talk about working with everyone from the President of the United States to A-List celebrities, and his newest book "Uneasy" which features a 30 year retrospective of his images.  Although Canadian born and raised, Chris has called New York City home for most of his life and many of his images reflect the edge and grit that the city is known for.  Growing up with a father who worked for Kodak and a mother that loved artwork, Chris always gravitated towards a creative life, but it was a high school class in mass media that would give him a glimpse into what he would pursue and what it was called.  Through high school and college Chris spent time in the music scene, managing a band and working with a local publication.  But his lifelong fascination with pop culture would find it's way back in after moving to New York where he quickly found himself shooting celebrities as well as musicians.  He has gone on to work with some of the biggest names in the business, and has created a look and work ethic that sets him apart from others.  He has garnered respect from his peers as well as a huge roster of clients and was awarded the first Arnold Newman Portrait Prize in 2007.  During our conversation, we talk about Chris's thoughts on the current state of digital media and photography, how we see ourselves in the people we shoot, why it's important to write down goals, and pursuing photography for the sake of art and not money.  So enjoy this conversation with someone who has definitely paid their dues.  

To Learn More About Chris Buck Visit: http://www.chrisbuck.com

To Purchase Chris's Book Uneasy Visit: https://www.chrisbuckuneasy.com/buy-now/

Nov 15, 2017

On this episode of the Visual Revolutionary Podcast we sit down with well known advertising and editorial photographer Chris McPherson to talk about what's it like brainstorming shoot ideas with Lebron James,  trying to convince celebrities that it's in their best interest to get a good shot, and all the things they don't tell you in school about getting your work in front of the right people.  Although Chris had many influences and mentors in his life, it was his third grade teacher that first put a camera in his hand for a school newspaper assignment and helped change the way he would see the world for good.  Growing up in Phoenix, Chris was inspired by the moto, bmx, and skateboard worlds around him.  And with an older stepbrother like Todd Swank (professional skateboarder and skateboard photographer) to help show him that you could carve your own path, it wasn't long before he was committing himself to photography.  Working first for a high end Phoenix studio, and then moving to LA to assist some of the biggest names in photography, Chris moved through the ranks and built his own book, eventually building a huge roster of clients.  During our conversation we talk about the importance of mentorship, the trappings of assistant work, the need for face to face meetings in a digital world, and what it means to build a brand in today's photography world.  So enjoy this conversation with Chris McPherson.

To Learn More About Chris McPherson Visit: 

http://www.chrismcpherson.com

 

Nov 8, 2017

After a long unplanned hiatus, Visual Revolutionary is back, featuring a new conversation with renowned celebrity, portrait, and advertising photographer Art Streiber.  Named by American Photo Magazine as one of the 100 most important people in photography, Art's body of work is as vast as the list of celebrities, musicians, athletes, and movers and shakers he has worked with.  On this episode, we get the chance to hear about Art's upbringing in Pacific Palisades and the Canon AE1 his grandfather sold him for eight dollars that would inevitably change his life.  As a child growing up around the family business of magazine and newspaper distribution, Art was surrounded by editorial inspiration, but it wasn't until he saw the magic of photography unfold in the darkroom that he fell in love with the whole process of capturing an image, and knew what he would do for the rest of his life.  During our conversation Art tells us about how that young passion for photography turned into a very successful career in the business and how he felt he was able to separate himself as not only a photographer, but a problem solver for the industry.  So sit back and get ready for some inspiration as Art breaks down the way he works, how he stays inspired, keeping an organized studio, dealing with celebrities on set, and the advice he gives to those coming up in the business.  

To Learn More About Art Streiber Visit:

http://www.artstreiber.com

 

May 23, 2017

This week on the podcast we sit down with commercial lifestyle photographer Magdalena Wosinska.  Although many might know Magda from her popular Instagram account "The Magdalena Experience Volume 1" featuring her beautifully crafted nude self portraits, she has a very long history with photography that stretches back to her early teens and a client list that includes some of the top brands in the world.  Magda, a polish immigrant, moved to this country when she was 8 years old with her parents who were both respected psychology professors.  Although the land of opportunity seemed amazing at first, she quickly started dealing with the pressures of being a young girl in a new country who couldn't speak the language.  She began to feel alienated, but in her early teen years she finally found her voice in the world of skateboarding.  It would be skateboarding that would truly introduce her to the freedom of this country and the characters that come along with it.  And it would be skateboarding that would lead her to a very early career in photography.  Shooting her first overseas assignment at the age of 16, Magda began to slowly carve out a name for herself as one of the few female photographers shooting skateboarding. It would later be a chance to work with legendary photographer Art Streiber where she truly began to tune her craft and the see the potential of photography work outside the world of skateboarding.  On this episode we ask Magda how she manages to convey the freedom and angst of youth culture in photographs, what made her get in front of the lens with her nude self portrait project, what it was like being in a metal band with professional skateboarder Ethan Fowler, and what keeps her driven to always be moving forward.  So enjoy this fun conversation with Magdalena Wosinska.  

To Learn More About Magdalena Wosinska Visit:

http://magdalenawosinska.com

 

About Visual Revolutionary:

http://www.visualrevolutionary.com

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.  

 

May 12, 2017

On this episode of the podcast we are joined by adventure sports and travel photographer and filmmaker Krystle Wright.  Recently featured on the other side of the camera on Netflix's original series "Tales by Light", Krystle tells us what it's really like to chase a shot, and the misery involved when it sometimes fails.  She's become a gypsy in her own right, sometimes living out of her car and on other people's couches as she constantly stays on the move and travels from one country to another in search of the next adventure.  During our conversation, she opens up about the pitfalls of that existence and how hard it is to be a solo female always showing up in new locations and trying to carve out a living in a male dominated field.  Although an Australian by birth, Krystle spends a ton of time in the US and has made a name for herself with her beautifully crafted images of rock climbing, free diving, base jumping, skiing, and every other action sport she can get the chance to put her camera in front of.  Throughout our talk, we had the opportunity to chat about how she grew up, when the camera made it's way into her life, her early mentors in photography, and some of the first jobs that would provide the stepping stones of building a photography career that would include some amazing editorial assignments and sponsors from some of the biggest brands in the business.  Although she's still fairly recent to the motion world, she has been a part of multiple filmmaking opportunities and recently debuted her newest film "Where the Wild Things Play" at the Five Points Film Festival.  So sit back and enjoy what Krystle has to say about the trials and tribulations of becoming an adventure photographer, some of the tired stereotypes of female athletes that she is trying to help change with her latest project, and the advice she gives to others setting out on the road with a dream to travel and shoot.  

To Learn More About Krystle Wright Visit:

http://krystlewright.com

 

 

About Visual Revolutionary:

http://www.visualrevolutionary.com

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.  

 

 

May 5, 2017

This week on the show we had the honor of sitting down with renowned fine art photographer, documentarian, and true student of time and light, Stephen Wilkes.  Many of you might know Stephen from his beautifully produced series "Day to Night" which he is still traveling the world working on now and has broken the boundaries of how much time you can capture in a single photograph.  That being said, Stephen has had a very storied career that dates back to his early teens and spans an impressive body of work and a list of clients that include some of the most respected curators of photography there are.  As you look through some of his earlier street photography, documentary work, and fine art photographs, you can really understand how it all culminates into the current experiment and study of time, light, place, and human existence that "Day to Night" is.  At age 12 Stephen first started taking pictures, and it wasn't long before he was diving head first into the art form and the business of photography.  But it was a trip to the Met that would really change his life, and the paintings there would become some of his greatest influences.  He would go on to study photography in college and work with some amazing mentors like Jay Maisel, and slowly find his own voice in his work.  During our conversation we get the chance to talk about what he has learned from his constant observation of time, and our relationship to it as we get older.  We talk about what keeps him inspired to keep creating and the passion you need for the work you do, and he gives parting words of wisdom to our listeners.  But mostly, we talk about humanity, and what he has learned from years of watching. So enjoy this inspiring conversation with Stephen Wilkes.  

To Learn More About Stephen Wilkes Visit:

http://www.stephenwilkes.com

 

About Visual Revolutionary:

http://www.visualrevolutionary.com

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.  

 

 

Apr 26, 2017

On this episode of the podcast we sit down with photographer, filmmaker, and adventure traveler, Alex Strohl.  We often get emails from fans of the show requesting to have younger shooters on who have found success in the world of photography and filmmaking at an earlier age.  Alex Strohl definitely fits that bill.  With almost 2 million very active instagram followers, a beautiful "globe-spanning" portfolio, his own content production agency, a well received book, and a list of clients that would make most older veterans jealous, Alex has established himself as a force in this industry no matter what his age is.  Alex grew up in Spain and France with parents who were passionate about life, and a nature loving father who told him stories of travel and adventure in far away places.  It was this upbringing that instilled in him a desire to see the world and to experience what else was out there.  While still in high school, Alex found one of his dad's old Olympus cameras and began to experiment with the medium that would end up being his ticket to the travel he dreamed of.  At age 19, Alex left France and moved to Montreal to study graphic design.  It was there that he met Andrea, his future wife, and together they began to create the type of adventures that Alex would build his portfolio from.  After years on the road shooting and traveling, Alex and Andrea have begun to put down roots in Montana, all the while Alex continues to pursue his own passions and nurtures relationships with clients that many dream of working with.  During this conversation we get the chance to ask Alex how it all started, what it's like creating social media campaigns for others, why he chose Montana to put down roots, what keeps him inspired to create, and what advice he gives to other young shooters coming up in this industry.  So enjoy this conversation with Alex Strohl.  

To learn more about Alex Strohl Visit:

http://www.alexstrohl.com

To learn more about Stay and Wander Visit:

http://www.stayandwander.com

 

About Visual Revolutionary:

http://www.visualrevolutionary.com

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.  

 

Mar 31, 2017

On this episode of the podcast we sit down with Nikon Ambassador and adventure travel photographer and filmmaker Lucas Gilman to hear his story of growing up in the mountains of western Colorado and turning his life long passion for the outdoors into an amazing body of work and a successful career as a photographer and filmmaker.  Fresh off a whirlwind trip through Hawaii, Tahiti, and Iceland, Lucas tells us about a new 8K film project he is working on and what it's like to test out  products for a company like Nikon. Although Lucas was always inspired by the mountains, it was his father, a fly fishing guide, that gave him his first lessons on making a living by doing what you love.  During his college years at University of Colorado at Boulder, Lucas studied journalism and was soon shooting as a stringer for a large newspaper.  But it wasn't long before the mountains were calling him back to his first love and he started shooting the sports that he had grown up around.  He began building a portfolio of skiing, climbing, and kayaking and forming relationships with some of the top athletes in the world who would eventually help propel him into the spotlight as a respected adventure sports shooter.  Lucas has gone on to work with a huge roster of commercial and editorial clients,  shooting everything from surfing to luxury cars.  During our conversation we get the chance to talk about what Lucas feels is the key to forming long lasting client relationships, what's it like to be a Nikon Ambassador, balancing family life with the hectic schedule of a travel photographer, staying current with the newest trends in photography, and how he stays motivated to keep pushing forward.  So enjoy this conversation and insight into the industry with a photographer who will inspire you to keep growing as an artist.  

To Learn More About Lucas Gilman Visit: 

http://www.lucasgilman.com

 

About Visual Revolutionary:

http://www.visualrevolutionary.com

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.  

 

 

Mar 1, 2017

On this episode of the podcast we have the opportunity to sit down for an inspiring conversation with photographer, filmmaker, adventure lover, and cancer survivor Ben Moon.  Many of you know Ben from his heartfelt short film "Denali", that chronicled the last days of his dog that had been with him through so much of his life, and became a viral sensation and an award winning piece on the film festival circuit.  Although that film definitely helped push Ben onto the national stage, he had already built a career and a lifestyle that many would admire, working with companies like Patagonia and shooting music videos and photos for several well known musicians.  Growing up in a small Michigan town with a father who preferred to do things his own way, Ben learned the value of self sustainability at an early age and was taught how to live off the land, hunt, and farm for food, and build the things he needed.  Although Ben spent plenty of time in the woods as a kid, it wasn't until his college years that he would began to realize his athletic abilities and a love for rock climbing.  It was through climbing that Ben would decide to make the move out west, freshly married and ready to start a new life.  He settled in Portland and began trying to figure out what the next chapter of his life would look like, but sometimes it's tragedy that sends us in the direction we need.  It would be a fairly heartbreaking divorce that would end up being the driving force for Ben's next chapter and the catalyst to picking up a camera and start a new life.  Ben's early photos were of the things he loved most, and he was fortunate enough to have some good mentors along the way.  Before long he was getting published and formed a relationship with Patagonia that has lived on to this day.  During our talk we get the chance to ask Ben what it was like creating a film that dealt with so many personal issues, how he created his newest piece "Off Season" for Yeti, featuring his road trip with MLB pitcher and fellow photography lover Daniel Norris, and hear about his battle with cancer and how he stayed positive and motivated to beat the odds and return to the life of adventure he loved.  So sit back, listen, and be ready to be inspired from our conversation with Ben Moon.  

To Learn More About Ben Moon Visit:

https://www.benmoon.com

To Watch "Denali" Visit:

https://vimeo.com/122375452

To Watch "The Off Season" Visit:

https://vimeo.com/165478850

 

About Visual Revolutionary:

http://www.visualrevolutionary.com

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.  

 

Feb 21, 2017

On this episode of the podcast we 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.  Growing up in a small agricultural town in Southern California, Dan's life could have easily gone in a number of directions.  He was fascinated by entomology as a young kid and learned to raise bees as a member of the local 4-H club.  It was also there that he would first study photography and the darkroom process.  Although photography would stay a part of his life, he seemed to be on a fast track to working in the motion picture industry when he secured a full time job working in miniature construction and design while still in high school for John Dykstra's newly created Apogee Inc.  After a while though, Dan's love of photography won over his attention and he went to college to pursue photojournalism.  Dan started his career shooting for the local news chronicle in Ventura County, but before long he had the opportunity to move to New York and the rest is history.  Dan would go on to be a regular contributor for magazines like Esquire, GQ, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Wired, and many more, and rack up over 100 national and international awards.  During our conversation with Dan we get the chance to ask him 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.  So sit back and enjoy our conversation with a true legend in the industry.

To Learn More About Dan Winters Visit:

http://www.danwintersphoto.com

 

About Visual Revolutionary:

http://www.visualrevolutionary.com

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.  

Feb 10, 2017

On this episode of the podcast we get the chance to talk to photographer, alchemist, wet plate collodion pioneer, and all around inspirational figure Ian Ruhter.  Although many know Ian from the short film "Silver and Light" that instantly burst him onto the public stage, he was a very accomplished shooter years before that.  Ian had created a solid reputation as a talented snowboard photographer with a career trajectory that seemed to be moving quicker than he could have ever anticipated.  He was pushing the limits, and became one of the shooters helping to elevate snowboard photography to a world of complicated lighting schematics and big sets.  The work was fun, the money kept coming, and it seemed inevitable that he would most likely head towards the world of fashion and lifestyle photography.  In the midst of what most would consider "success" however, Ian had an unsettling feeling of dissatisfaction.  He began to lose interest in what he was shooting and started to question the rampant consumerism that he was helping promote.  He then did what most could never imagine doing.  He walked away from all of it and set out on a mission that some told him was impossible.  He built the largest wet plate collodion camera the world had ever seen, that was housed inside a truck, and began touring the country with a reinvigorated passion for photography.  During our conversation we get the chance to ask him what it was like walking away from a career many would kill to have, how he continued to believe in his vision in the midst of so much doubt, what it's like to shoot portraits that sometimes take hours for each plate, how inspiring it was to work closely with actor Gary Oldman teaching him the process of wet plate photography, and what the next chapter holds for Ian and the crew.  So join us for a great story with an amazing "underdog" message of following your dreams.  

To Learn More About Ian Ruhter Visit:

http://www.ianruhter.com

Check out their Latest Film "The Carnival of Dreams" 

https://vimeo.com/198070852

 

About Visual Revolutionary:

http://www.visualrevolutionary.com

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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