FEATURING: Matt Gunther
What do the words "Creative Community" bring to mind for you? How do you feel is the best way to utilize members in a Creative Community?
Talented people in need of support. An environment that lets you express yourself... Like art school. All artists need feedback from their peers. No matter how much experience you have you can always learn from others.
How did you discover your creativity?
I've been in the arts since 7th grade. My mother and uncle were talented in the arts; guess the genes trickled down. Also, being a native New Yorker helped.
Name the biggest challenge you have had in growing your business. How did you solve it?
Wow. There's a been many challenges throughout my 15+yr career. In 2000, I went belly up. Made a bunch of money, spent it on everything but photography. An experience I had to go through to figure out what I wanted. Spent what money I had left on cameras. Turned to my personal work, which is and always will be cathartic. Made good work. Fell back in love with my trade.
What was your first “Big Break” in your profession?
Hmmm, I would say shooting Angelina Jolie. Opened up a lot of doors for my work to be seen.
As for directing, A Reebok spot paved the way.
What's in your backpack/handbag/tote right now?:
You mean my 2 ton wheelie. Ha. I still shoot large-format. 4x5 linhof and an 8x10 deerdorfwhenI can. Love it so. :-) I have a SONY a7r2 with 4 Leica lenses adapted to them.
Top 3 Tips you would give someone starting out in your creative profession:
1. Think of photography as a marriage. You need to be in love to make it work
2. Have thick skin.
3. Be adaptable to all situations.
Who are you following right now on Instagram for inspiration and why?:
None too intently.
What is your MOTTO in life?
Simplistic, but stands true: "Enjoy life to the fullest; as far as I know we only live one life."
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