The Meaning of Life in 10 Questions… Ryan Donnell

There are some 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.

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One of the best guys I’ve known in Philadelphia has packed up his family and moved to Des Moines, Iowa. I’ve known Ryan Donnell since our time working together at Wonderful Machine. He’s a clever gentleman and a talented photographer. Keep reading to take a listen to him and take a minute to get familiar with his work. You’ll like it. I promise.

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The Meaning of Life in 10 Questions… Dalia Nassimi, Wired UK

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.

When a photo editor assigns you to photograph a pair of fungus-growing Eco-pioneers, you might be skeptical about what the next assignment for them will be. Thankfully, that next project for Wired UK‘s Dalia Nassimi led us to meet on a rooftop in lower manhattan to shoot the founder of one of the biggest log sites on the internet. We’re still crossing our fingers for a trip to London, but I’m sure it’ll happen soon. She’s a super-creative Brit with a keen eye for photography and deep thoughts for our ten questions – I’ll let Dalia tell the rest…

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The Meaning of Life in 10 Questions… Drew Hendrix, Red River Paper

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 started making his prints on Red River paper in 2005. Seven years later, Aurora Art Natural remains our paper of choice in the studio. We’ve used it for everything from the pages in our portfolios to custom promos to our gigantic landscape prints. In the beginning of 2011 we came on as a Red River Pro and got to know Drew Hendrix, the vice president of Red River. He’s a great guy who works with some great paper. I’ll let him tell the rest…

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The Meaning of Life in 10 Questions… Dave Hill

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.

In June of 2011, while Chris and I were shooting in LA, we grabbed dinner and a few beers with Dave Hill. Aside from letting us in on a secret and surreal spot to shoot landscapes out in the desert, we spent the evening talking about making pictures, the business of making pictures, and the industry we’re a part of. After we left the west coast, we knew Dave had to explain the meaning of life. I’ll let him tell the rest…

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The Meaning of Life in 10 Questions… Faded & Blurred

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.

Nicole Rae and Jeffery Saddoris, co-founders of Faded+Blurred both hold a deep appreciation for the art, craft, and business of photography. Starting in 2009, F+B has evolved into a well curated online magazine featuring photographers, photo news, podcasts, and tutorials. We were interviewed for a Photographer Spotlight back in July of last year and have been waiting to return the favor for a while now – what better way than to ask them the meaning of life?

Although our paths have yet to cross in person, I’ve learned a lot about the duo behind Faded+Blurred from these ten questions. I’ll let them tell the rest.

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The Meaning of Life in 10 Questions… Adam Voorhes

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.

When I meet someone for the first time and they’re friendlier than me, I’ll admit it, I think there’s something wrong with them. Back in early 2010, I was attending an At-Edge event in Chicago and ran into this guy sitting by himself waiting for a meeting with a drink in his hand. When we struck up a conversation I immediately realized what a interesting guy Adam is. When it comes to photos, I believe his work is reflective of the person that he is – focused, dynamic, creative, and authentic.

Adam Voorhes is the kinda guy you want to have a beer with – I’ll let him tell the rest…

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The Meaning of Life in 10 Questions… Dan Saelinger

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.

One thing that strikes me about Dan is that he translates ideas into a graphic universal language. I first noticed his work in 2007 when we were both contributing to Field & Stream. Since then a lot has changed for both of us, but his images are still top notch. I’m a fan. I’ll let him tell the rest…

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