Interview: Photographer Adam Gil
Doing it for fun leads photographer Adam Gil into the world of photography and he never looks back, we asked him to retrace his steps to where he began and leaving us with relentless surges of inspiration!
How did your passion and pursuit of photography start?
This all started as simple fun. In high school, a couple friends and I really enjoyed music photography(band promos, concerts, nightlife, etc) and thought it was so cool that you could make a living shooting at these events or your favorite bands. We had a couple of point & shoot cameras and would ride our bikes around the city on weekends taking photos of each other and anything that stood in “sick lighting”. ISO’s, aperture, white balance or anything even slightly more advanced, we knew nothing of. But that passion and love for shooting photographs grew more and more, and just never went away!
How would you describe your vision and style?
My vision has always been to capture and present images that, posed or candid-portrait or landscape, have depth, emotionally and technically. While appealing to anyone regardless of photography knowledge. My style is what I would describe as Modern Outdoors Portraitscape, which is a mouthful. I shoot a lot of products, but I have always disliked cheesy advertisement photography so I try to approach it in a more natural, functional, and subtle way.
I remember being in middle school and on picture day, we were sat in front of an outdoorsy backdrop, had our picture taken and went back to class. I always wondered how much cooler it would be if instead we go to go on a field trip and actually be in an awesome place to take our picture. Now, that is what I love to do even if the background is out of focus behind the model or products. Nothing compares to capturing images with a real experience, natural lighting, and epic surroundings. I love the outdoors, and I love shooting lifestyle, so I try do both at once.
What do you aim for when you shoot?
If I’m shooting portraits, I want to capture the full expression my model is displaying, they don’t have to be smiling, whatever emotion is driving them at the moment is important. I want the very moments their emotions on the inside align with their bodies on the outside. Those are usually the most stunning photographs.
When I shoot products I aim to simply display the item being promoted in it’s natural and functional environment. I like to avoid the pushy ad poster vibe, while staying parallel to the brand or company’s aesthetic and creative direction.
How do you get inspiration for your work?
Planet Earth, this beautiful place is always inspiring me to get out there and capture photographs, I have so much left to see and experience.
Another big one is actually movies! I’m always inspired by movie stills and moody scenes. I am a total outdoor explorer and will camp, hike, surf, etc. every day if given the chance, but I am also a huge film freak and will binge watch at home or go to the movies regularly!
What’re you looking forward to doing or achieving?
Traveling as much of the world as possible, creating lasting and impacting work for major companies and personalities, and be published on Life magazine someday(set ’em high, right?)!
What encourages you to keep shooting?
The urge to meet more and more awesome people, experience epic places, and seeing my work displayed — these really drive my ethic and creativity.
What is one of the greatest things photography has brought you?
An open mind, always.
How do you bounce back from adversity?
You could write my memoir and title it Adversity haha(nervous laugh).
I am by no means, the toughest man alive or the most unfortunate, this world holds many many others who come before me on those lists, but I have experienced quite an amount of crippling misfortunes which, for better or worse, have taught me a lot. This is not a complaint.
What I have learned is that no one is going to come and teach you how to walk on water, you absolutely have to have the faith you could do it, yourself. When adversity hits, and it will, viciously believing in yourself to move forward through what feels impossible and terrifying is the only way to bounce back and grow to your highest level. That growth is an amazing opportunity to look forward to with each challenge.