Last year I started working with a post-production studio here in Seattle called Gigantic Squid and it has been one of the best business, creative and personal decisions I have ever made. One of the best things about my job, actually scratch that, THE best thing about my job is that I get to collaborate with other creative minds. It is exhilarating and inspiring to work with fellow creative professionals. We get to create something that neither one of us could have created on our own and reach that special place when together we are greater than the sum of our parts.
Working with a post-production studio has had a dramatic effect on my own creative process and I want to highlight some of these effects.
My vision as an artist has been embolden. I can now imagine more complex productions and fulfill more ambitious concepts. Ideas are always running through my mind. Knowing that Ihave both creative input and problem solving support from a post-production studio allows radical ideas to take shape and become a reality.
CREATIVITY & COLLABORATION
Creativity is a pinch of repetition, a problem solved and a generous serving of pure inspiration. Working with a post-production studio brings an entirely new toolbox to all of my ideas and concepts. Collaborating is hands down the best part of any creative exercise. It just feels even more awesome to achieve something shared or co-created than it does on our own. Finding the right creative partner is the key but once you do its Rock ‘n’ Roll!
I liken my relationship with Gigantic Squid to that of a chef and a farmer. My role as a photographer is much like that of the farmer. I work hard to create only the finest raw ingredients. I find just the right locations and shoot in the best light to create assets that are of the highest quality. Gigantic Squid takes the role of chef, crafting the raw ingredients into a complete and delicious meal. Blending different flavours and ingredients to create a seamless sensory experience.
I love this shared responsibility. One of my favourite things about being a photographer is visiting epic landscapes and seeing them in gorgeous light. Expanding on this, composite photography allows me to be even more deliberate and selective. If I like a certain rock formation, sky, or mountain view I can shoot them separately and then work them together in the final image. Over the past year I have created an extensive library of skies, clouds, mountains, landscapes, and other elements. Now I just have to come up with interesting ways to use them.