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You know how the color white is all colors combined and illuminated by each other that it gives you this pale slate.
My theory is that it is the same with emotions.
Emotionless, I don’t think is the absence of emotion, rather the opposite. Emotionless is the color white, it’s all the emotions aggregated and staggered together that you no longer know what you are feeling.
Those who are emotionless are the most emotional, I think. because they feel everything at once without having the luxury to decide one feeling over the other.ducklingblack (via wordsnquotes)
Joel “Bear” Ross & Maggie Ross
Temecula, CA | Denver, CO
Canon 5D Mark III, Mark II & Nikon AW1
It seems that you two collaborate in perfect harmony. Tell us about your relationship with each other and how it helps you both to stay creative.
Joel Bear Studios is made up of myself (Joel “Bear” Ross) and my wife Maggie Ross who are both professional photographers. We have been married for going on two years and have been best friends from years before that.
How we stay creative together is by first our Faith and living the adventure of life together. Whether it’s surfing, climbing, exploring, backpacking or just having an afternoon at a coffee shop, we are always in the pursuit to inspire and to be inspired by those elements and people around us. To be inspired by life itself. Inspiring people through a narrative has always created adventure in our hearts thus we find such enjoyment in telling stories through our photography. To allow the viewer to take part and feel inspired to be a part of that image, to sit back and dream. This is a big part of our relationship as well, because we are always inspiring one another, pushing each other to the next level of life.
You say that you aspire to tell people’s stories through your work, but we want to know about yours today!
At ten years old my parents sold everything and bought a Jeep and a trailer and we lived across the country. I think this spurred my love for adventure and traveling while also giving me an appreciation for life and people who live and work in America.
After high school I took two years at Calvary Chapel Bible College and met my wife Maggie, whose love for life and the outdoor truly inspired me. Having grown up in Colorado, being in the outdoors is a lifestyle to her. She fell in love with photography when we were married and has been tag-teaming with me ever since. After we met, we completed and graduated early from New York Institute of Photography, and a week later we were married.
We wanted to create a business where we could work and inspire people. Also creating a desire to live life and feel a part and yearn for something bigger is one of our goals. We created Joel Bear Studios in the fall of 2012 and it took about a year to find who we were as photographers. It came about on a trip from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, in our trusty Honda Element. The trip consisted of working and collaborating with other photographers and sharing our adventure with others. From this excursion down the coast, we found that we love to adventure, to work with and alongside brands and companies, and sharing stories.
Leica M6 | Hasselblad 500CM
You seem to explore the depths of foreign lands without hesitation. How do you get past that alien feeling in a foreign country, to actually go deeper than an average tourists would?
When travelling, there’s only one thing you should really be doing and it’s to undertake a deep cultural exploration to satisfy your curiosity, pioneering your way if need be. It’s the reason why you’re there. Sometimes, I even feel more hesitant when I’m at home. When exploring, I become so sensitive to everything in my surroundings, this alien feeling fuels my curiosity and my inspiration instead of scaring me. I feel this urgent need of documenting everything I see by telling a story. If it draws me off the beaten path, it’s even better. Being a photographer gives you the perfect reason to explore deeper and deeper.
Tell us about your love for 35mm film, and why it is special to you.
Even though I learned with digital, I will always seem to choose film. My approach to photography itself changes completely. With a roll of 36 or even 12 frames, there is no way you want to miss one shot. There is no room for shooting frenzies and trial and error. Therefore, I will think and compose my images differently, with better precision. The mechanical feeling of analog is unique. It acts like an extension of my body and mind and I feel much closer to my subjects. Ultimately, I get to spend less time sorting and processing images, and more time shooting. And that’s what it’s all about.