The Meaning of Life in 10 Questions… Jason Lindsey

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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I’ve known this character Jason Lindsey for almost 4 years now, and as the years go on we’ve become better and better friends. Jason is a talented and genuine individual that always seems to be the guy trying to help out someone else. I hope you enjoy learning a little more about this wonderful guy – enough from me, I’ll let Jason tell the rest…

1. Name one actor you’d like to portray you in a movie about your life?

Russel Crowe would be good but not for another 40 years. I find people in their later years to be so fascinating and hopefully by that point in my life I would have at least one interesting story for a movie in my life.

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2. What is your preferred vehicle or mode of transportation?

Walking, hiking or Canoe. I love the pace and having time to explore as you move through space. I also like the perspective of the low angle from a kayak. All these modes of transport get me off the beaten path which is cool.

3. What is your favorite beverage for creative inspiration?

Decaf Gevalia Coffee. I know I seem to be the only person drinking decaf at 5am on set but trust me it’s best I drink decaf. For evenings I love a good hoppy IPA like Racer 5 or Stone IPA.

4. Name your all time favorite band, singer, or album?

For the last 2 years I have really really been into Pandora. I love thinking of a song and making a station to find other like it. It is a good way to discover bands and make connections I would not of thought about. I also love discovering music on NPR all things considered. My favorite album of late has been the sound track to the film 180 Degrees South. Such an inspiring film and the music takes me to that place every time.

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5. Name one place in the world that you’ve been and can’t wait to return to and why?

OK. I can not narrow this down to 1 place. I am addicted to travel. Thankfully I get to fulfill that addiction with my work. I recently did an assignment in the remote rainforest in South America and would love to go back and explore more with my family. I also did an amazing trip to the Lofoten Islands in northern Norway recently. They are stunning and I want to go back and photograph the fishing community. I also shot a short film in Iceland and really want to return in winter.

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6. What is favorite shoot of all time?

I know it sounds cliche but I absolutely love my work so I love almost every assignment I do. I’m kind of a geek that way.

If I had to pick one from the last year I did a travel shoot in Suriname recently for 2 weeks and it was amazing flying into remote landing strips in the jungle, taking dugout canoes made from trees for 5 hrs more into the jungle and then hiking 8 hrs to the mountain to get the photo. I love challenge and adventure. We had a very tight crew that gave it their all and made every shot work with minimal equipment thinking of it as a fun challenge instead of a limitation. We ate whatever food was available including jungle rat.

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7. What is your philosophy on creating and inspiring?

First and foremost it is extremely important for me to do personal work. It keeps the passion alive and that is the most important thing for my creating. I can push myself, experiment, play, learn about the world and feed my creative fuel tank. I never think of myself as inspiring others but I get emails and notes from people thanking me for inspiring them and I am humbled by those notes when I think of the notes I have sent to others that have inspired me. I hope by being true to myself I can ultimately inspire others.

I also love the collaborative process and love working with other creatives in an environment where we inspire each other, get excited about the project and each continually elevate the others ideas making the photo and the process of creating the project great.

8. Describe a defining moment in your career that has led you to where you are today? 

I developed my style by shooting what I love in life. I started with nature and wildlife photography and learned to see light in its natural form. I also started with a passion for photo journalism and spent 3 years looking at the world as a journalist. When I started shooting commercially I thought clients wanted images that looked commercial, staged and with obvious lighting. After a few years of working commercially I realized I did not like that style and started shooting and lighting the way I liked it, which was more natural feeling, less staged, & with a real and authentic look. When I started working that way I was more passionate and it really showed in my work. My clients also noticed and my career started to grow. One of the things I realized later is that the honesty and authenticity of my images is a core value for me personally in life.

Many years ago when my career hit a bump I knew I needed to relight that fire within and I started working with a creative coach. My direction to him was I wanted to find that passion. We went through a process to identify my passions in life and what was important to me now. Notice I did not say what my photographic passions are but my life passions. In the process I realized my life passions had changed dramatically from when I started my career. When I started I was young and single and now I was married with a son. Those two things are now my biggest passions. I started new photography projects related to my life passions including portraits of my friends and family. That process was trans-formative and I plan to continually reevaluate what is important to me in life and let that be the guide to my evolving vision and style.

Everything about who you are as a person makes up your uniqueness and informs how you see the world. It is not the camera, lens or film. Sure those things are part of it but only tools to achieve your vision. Every aspect of who you are makes up your personal vision.

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9. Name one person you wish you could have a drink with and why?

It would have to be President Obama or whomever the current president is at the time.

10. If the world is ending in 2013, how will you change your life plan?

I know it sounds cliche but I would spend it with my wife, son and family. It really is that simple.


If you’re not already browsing his portfolio, make sure to check out Jason Lindsey’s website. Also you can keep up with him on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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