The Meaning of Life in 10 Questions… Sarah Oliphant

There are some of truly creative people in this industry. Let’s face it, you’ve got to be constantly concepting, developing, and executing or you get left in the dust. I’m fortunate to work with some really dynamic and inspiring people, ranging from art directors, to producers, to creative directors, photo editors, art buyers, and print producers. Instead of questions about email blasts, printed promos, and portfolio reviews, I think that it’s time that I put some of them on the spot to show us their meaning of Life. “The meaning of Life” may be a little far flung to answer in only ten questions, but hopefully these interviews will serve to distill some of the inspired and intellectual energy of the creatives that we work with.

Photos by Robert Luessen

Sarah Oliphant is an incredibly talented artist who’s been collaborating with photographers, designers, and stylists for over thirty years. Since 1978, Oliphant Studio has created countless custom backgrounds ranging from simple yet elegant canvases and muslins to elaborate and large scale scenery pieces. We first met Sarah this summer after searching New York City for some painted backgrounds. After our initial rental, we decided to invest in an Oliphant backdrop and have since added to our collection. During one of my visits to Oliphant, Sarah was kind enough to let me take a few photos and answer a few questions. I’ve included a few of my favorites in this post, along with the meaning of life.  I’ll let Sarah tell the rest.

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The Meaning of Life in 10 Questions… Travis Ruse

There are some of truly creative people in this industry. Let’s face it, you’ve got to be constantly concepting, developing, and executing or you get left in the dust. I’m fortunate to work with some really dynamic and inspiring people, ranging from art directors, to producers, to creative directors, photo editors, art buyers, and print producers. Instead of questions about email blasts, printed promos, and portfolio reviews, I think that it’s time that I put some of them on the spot to show us their meaning of Life. “The meaning of Life” may be a little far flung to answer in only ten questions, but hopefully these interviews will serve to distill some of the inspired and intellectual energy of the creatives that we work with.

chris crisman 10 questions meaning of life interview travis rusePhoto by: Kelly Kollar

Say hello to Travis Ruse – the Director of Photography at Inc. Magazine. I’ve been working with him since 2008. I’m a fan of the work we’ve done together and also Express Train, his NYC subway photo project. We’ve had some great photo projects, but I have a feeling our big one is still yet to come – make sure to take a look at a few shots from projects we’ve done at the end of Travis’s interview. We are similar guys in many respects, but beer, photography, and facial hair top that list.  I’ll let him tell the rest.

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The Meaning of Life in 10 Questions… Amy Berkley

There are some of truly creative people in this industry. Let’s face it, you’ve got to be constantly concepting, developing, and executing or you get left in the dust. I’m fortunate to work with some really dynamic and inspiring people, ranging from art directors, to producers, to creative directors, photo editors, art buyers, and print producers. Instead of questions about email blasts, printed promos, and portfolio reviews, I think that it’s time that I put some of them on the spot to show us their meaning of Life. “The meaning of Life” may be a little far flung to answer in only ten questions, but hopefully these interviews will serve to distill some of the inspired and intellectual energy of the creatives that we work with.

Amy Berkley the meaning of life 10 questions chris crisman dan saliengerPhoto by Dan Saelinger

I first met Amy in 2006, when I cold-called her while she was the photo director at Field & Stream. It was certainly one of the more positive cold-calling experiences of my life, and nine months after she called me back with my first assignment for the magazine. Over the last four years, there were fifteen or so more awesome shoots that followed. To the loss of hunters and fishermen everywhere, Amy left the magazine recently and is now the directory of photography at Bloomberg Markets Magazine. Amy is a badass photo editor, I’ll let her tell the rest.

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The Meaning of Life in 10 Questions… David Hobby

There are some of truly creative people in this industry. Let’s face it, you’ve got to be constantly concepting, developing, and executing or you get left in the dust. I’m fortunate to work with some really dynamic and inspiring people, ranging from art directors, to producers, to creative directors, photo editors, art buyers, and print producers. Instead of questions about email blasts, printed promos, and portfolio reviews, I think that it’s time that I put some of them on the spot to show us their meaning of Life. “The meaning of Life” may be a little far flung to answer in only ten questions, but hopefully these interviews will serve to distill some of the inspired and intellectual energy of the creatives that we work with.

Chris crisman david hobby interview matt rotthPhoto by Matt Roth

This post we’re featuring none other than the Strobist himself – David Hobby. Between keeping up his world renowned blog, riding around on The Flash Bus with Joe McNally, and freelance shooting, David is certainly a busy guy. He’s been kind enough to feature me on his blog a few times in the past and I thought it was time to return the favor. He’s an very talented guy with a very interesting career story. I’ll let him tell the rest.

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The Meaning of Life in 10 Questions… Mark Masterson

There are some of truly creative people in this industry. Let’s face it, you’ve got to be constantly concepting, developing, and executing or you get left in the dust. I’m fortunate to work with some really dynamic and inspiring people, ranging from art directors, to producers, to creative directors, photo editors, art buyers, and print producers. Instead of questions about email blasts, printed promos, and portfolio reviews, I think that it’s time that I put some of them on the spot to show us their meaning of Life. “The meaning of Life” may be a little far flung to answer in only ten questions, but hopefully these interviews will serve to distill some of the inspired and intellectual energy of the creatives that we work with.

This post, we’re featuring Mark Masterson, Senior Vice President Creative Director at Doner. After a tenure at Momentum Worldwide as group creative director for Coca-Cola, he moved on to start white_space, a boutique agency where his list of projects grew to include Anheuser-Busch, AOL, General Motors, and Gateway. You may recognize Mark from our behind the scenes in Hawaii – we worked with him recently on projects for Travaasa Austin and Hana. Mark’s got a penchant for beer and bicycles, and he’s a killer creative. I’ll let him tell the rest.

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