Some of you have noticed that I have not been adding content here for quite a while now. Well, I have been offline for a bit, traveling, working, and in general living like a caveman with the basics of fire and shelter-stay tuned for more on that in some up coming posts. Some of you also know that a main staple of my income is generated from commercially driven architecture photography. Many people ask me, “How does a nature photographer cope with the seemingly opposite professions, capturing images of nature that make a statement for its rescue, while also shooting structure imagery that shows nature being turned into something that is man-made?”
Let’s begin with the fact that I was an architect and a builder for close to two decades before actually realizing my dream of becoming a photographer. I have been responsible for the design of close to 50 projects, over half of which I personally built. The design and construction industry do not have to be professions that are against nature, they can peacefully coincide with and actually create nature as Bjarke Ingles demonstrates in the above TED video. When I was building, I always made a point to recycle as much material on a job site as possible and create a home that utilized as few natural resources as possible.
Now as a photographer, I recycle everything in my home and office, as well as live and work from a home that is set up to use less water, gas, electricity and is insulated extensively to eliminate heat loss and gain. I am also looking to work with clients that have those same ideals in mind. I have a client right now who is producing wood products for houses that are completely recycled from the downed beetle kill forests surrounding Vail, Colorado. We need to proceed with our lives and careers with a thought process that allows us to save, recycle, and generate nature. If we do and think in that manner for multiple aspects our planet will grow more profitable then ever imagined.
I love to see people like Bjarke pushing the boundaries when it comes to work. In the video he discusses how every idea leads to another idea and that nothing is ever thrown away. This is a great way to succeed as any creative individual, I don’t care what profession you working in, architecture, graphic design, photography, painting, etc. The more you expose your mind too, the more successful your creative journey will become and the more you will build on your past.