My sister once told me that I have one of the best jobs in the world because, on a daily basis, I get to converse with creative people. They're the artists, designers, and photographers that can stretch our imagination, not only showing us our world in incredible ways, but providing us a portal into worlds we never knew existed. In this post, I'd like to highlight ten of these people who have graciously allowed us a deeper look into their creative process. While one can easily just be inspired by their art, design, or photography, by reading about them and connecting with their stories, we experience their work on much deeper levels.
Read those interviews by clicking onto the images or on [Link].
Twin Lens, Photojournalists/Wedding Photographers
Twin Lens is a very talented husband and wife team whose artful documentary style wedding photography is absolutely breathtaking. As photojournalists, they've worked for well-respected publications like the New York Times, USA Today and Time magazine. [Link]
Alessandro Gottardo, Illustrator
Italian illustrator Alessandro Gottardo's beautiful, open and inviting illustrations have been featured in major newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TIME, The Economist and Newsweek among others. He's won numerous awards including the gold medal from The Society of Illustrators New York in 2009. [Link]
Yum Yum London, Designers
Yum Yum are made up of two designers and animators based in London with a common passion for creating new and exciting things. [Link]
Jason Lee, Photographer
If there was a prize that could be given out to the most creative father, I'd hope that it was awarded to Jason Lee. A wedding photographer by trade, he's used to capturing some of the most important moments in a couples' lives. As a longtime fan of Jason's photos on Flickr however, I think the real magic happens when he turns the camera onto his daughters. [Link]
Stanley Chow, Illustrator
36-year-old Manchester, England-based Stanley Chow has been working as an illustrator since he left art school...fifteen years ago. The first thing you'll notice about Chow's illustrations is that there's a retro feel to them. It comes from his love for old things, including music. [Link]
Estudio Minga , Designers
Estudio Minga is a laboratory of ideas. A design and creativity company based in Argentina, bringing together a multi-diciplinary team under the premise of offering inventive efficient and immediate solutions. [Link]
Matthew Priestley, Photographer
A photographer based in Mesa, Arizona, Matt Priestley has a portfolio filled with stunning portraits. Manipulating shadows and light, each of his photos look like they could be a part of a magazine spread. [Link]
Mike Schreiber, Photographer
New York-based photographer Mike Schreiber just released a new book called True Hip Hop. It's a collection of photos that he's taken over an 11 year period that includes some of the biggest names in the hip hop scene. He shoots mostly in black and white, capturing a raw and real side to them that we don't often get to see. [Link]
Andrew Smith, Designer and Photographer
Andrew is a photographer and creative director in New Zealand, his day job usually consists of doing graphic design and directing commercial photography. [Link]
Niels "Shoe" Meulman, Artist
Niels "Shoe" Meulman is an artist, designer and art director who was born in Amsterdam and who's worked at international ad agencies like BBDO and television networks like MTV (where he was their creative director for a short period of time). [Link]
The same story we heard over and over again is that creativity is as much hard work as it is talent. Inspiration is nothing without dedication, perseverance and passion. And while ideas come and go, it's those that can execute, and execute well, that ultimately have the ability to reach an enthusiastic audience.
“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.” — Jack London