In this episode of The Darkroom Podcast we had the pleasure of speaking to Joel Flory, CEO & Co-founder of VSCO. We get a chance to hear Joel’s story from the beginning, growing up near Oakland and eventually becoming a wedding photographer with his wife for nearly a decade. After realizing that he wanted to start something new, Joel and his Co-founder Greg set out to build something that would help them as artists. Through many iterations, VSCO was born and would help millions of people express their creativity in an entirely new way. Joel walks through his choice of not building in public likes and comments as a feature and how that created a culture where work was judged on its meaning and value to the viewer rather than an arbitrary number. In building anything new at VSCO, the team stresses that the creator and community always have to win, and that ultimately our creative differences must be celebrated. Joel and his 100+ person team at VSCO are now focused on creating what’s next for who’s next and are in an endless pursuit to find new forms of expression.
In this episode of The Darkroom Podcast we spoke with lifestyle and commercial photographer Quin Schrock. Quin’s life is far from the ordinary, after leaving life as an accountant, he set out to Peru not knowing what was in store for him. Without a camera in hand other than his phone, Quin traveled across the world when he eventually met a new friend who set out with him on a road trip across the country. Over the last couple years Quin has lived, worked and traveled in his van. While only breaking into the commercial scene recently, Quin has shot for brands like Apple, GoPro, Sony, Adobe and many more. We get into what success is for Quin and how his triumphs and failures can be a model for any artist trying to break into the space.
In this episode of The Darkroom Podcast we had the pleasure to speak with the Staff Photographer for Bon Appétit Magazine Alex Lau. Having traveled the world for his shoots, Alex’s work has been featured on the cover and in the pages of Bon Appétit’s most impressive editions showcasing some of the most sought after cuisines. We get to hear about how Alex hustled his way into his current and former jobs: taking multiple buses, trains and yes… even hiding his belongings under toilets to catch an interview. Alex tells us what it is like to be around (and to eat) some of the most popular foods and how he was able to break into the space. As an artist, Alex could be working with any top clients in the industry but he explains why working at Bon Appétit is such a unique opportunity.
In this episode of The Darkroom Podcast we had the pleasure of speaking to the incredibly talented duo Daniel Rueda and Anna Devís. The two met and studied architecture together at Polytechnic University of Valencia and are now full-time freelancing photographers. As a team, they have found an incredibly unique style that blurs the worlds of architecture, surrealism and photography into one. Using the environment and buildings around them as their canvases, Daniel and Anna have been able to travel the world working for an array of clientele. We walk through their creative process from getting a client in the door to delivering a single yet stunning work of art. They lend their advice for anyone out there that is looking to define their own style. Enjoy!
In this episode of The Darkroom Podcast, we had the pleasure of speaking with Romeo Okwara, a Leica photographer and the starting Defensive End for the Detroit Lions. Growing up in North Carolina and with family in Nigeria, Romeo’s love for travel developed at a young age. His interests in the creative space started with a passion for architecture and design, only growing stronger when he picked up a camera in college. We talk through his development as an artist and how his eye for the beautiful moments in everyday life has led him into his portraiture and lifestyle work, specifically documenting the lives of a group of firemen at FDNY Rescue 2 in Brooklyn over the last 2 years. We get a unique chance to hear how Romeo balances his life as an athlete in the NFL and his aspirations as an artist. Enjoy!
In this episode of The Darkroom Podcast we had the pleasure of speaking with Adam Senatori, a commercial photographer, videographer and pilot. Growing up in a creative home, Adam had an early passion for the art of flight and began traveling the world as a pilot. With years of flying under his belt, Adam went full time as a content creator, hitting the road for over 250 days of the year. From being one of the first featured photographers on Instagram to battling a saturated and competitive creative field, Adam has experienced the peaks and valleys that come with being a full time freelancer. We talk through the early days of building a portfolio to battling the ever-changing algorithms on social media. Enjoy!
In this episode of The Darkroom Podcast we had the pleasure of speaking with New York based entrepreneur and creative Andy McCune. You may know Andy as the Co-founder of Unfold, one of the hottest growing design and storytelling apps, or as the founder of Earth, a millennial-focused travel media company. Andy’s work and passions have landed him and his Co-founder Alfonso Cobo on the coveted Forbes 30 Under 30 list and an array of publications. We walk through what it was like to drop out of college just a year into his studies and how he transformed his mindset into becoming an infinite learner. We also hear about Andy’s experience in scaling an eCommerce business and how that has helped him scale his current ventures. Being comfortable with the uncomfortable is a common topic of this show and Andy embodies everything that comes with that disposition. Enjoy!
In this episode of The Darkroom Podcast we had the pleasure of speaking to Shaaz Jung, a naturalist, big cat tracker, wildlife photographer, and National Geographic cinematographer. For the last decade, Shaaz has built and managed multiple wildlife conservation and ecotourism camps in South India and East Africa, leveraging his art to preserve the animals and the forests he grew up in. Shaaz began his pursuit in conservationism by tracking and studying leopards, allowing him to develop a breathtaking body of work that now captivates an array of wildlife. Shaaz’s photography can only be described by his own unique genre called environmental surrealism, using shadows, light and the elements around him to highlight the animals he captures. In partnership with National Geographic, Shaaz’s story and those of the animals he grew up with will be shared around the world.
In this episode of The Darkroom Podcast we spoke to photographer and venture capitalist Bijan Sabet. Bijan is Co-founder and General Partner at Spark Capital where he has become an early stage investor in some of the most impactful technology companies including Tumblr, Oculus, and Twitter. As a film photographer, Bijan’s street and landscape work covers a breadth of subjects as he travels the world with a camera in hand. We get a chance to hear Bijan’s unique perspective on the creative industry and how he believes content creators are some of the best entrepreneurs who make their vision come to life everyday. We walk through what Bijan looks for in early stage investments including the stark divide between missionary and mercenary entrepreneurs and where he sees the role of the creator in a platform dependent world.
In this episode of The Darkroom Podcast we had the pleasure of speaking with the founder and sole designer of the brand Positively Present amassing an avid following of over 350,000 people. Dani walks us through how she took her negative disposition and turned her pursuit of positivity into an impactful brand. Building Positively Present over the last ten years, Dani has launched multiple books, a blog and countless pieces of art that have been featured in Forbes, Glamour, Teen Vogue and many other publications. Dani talks us through her internal dilemma of leaving her job to go full-time as a freelancer and gives her advice for any designer or artist thinking of doing the same. Dani’s art is now hanging in countless homes and offices around the world, spreading awareness for mental health and mindfulness.