Garin Wood is a curator of sorts. He takes things that inspire him and use them to create content that can in turn inspire others. Just take a look at his photo feed and you'll see exactly what we mean. Whether he's scaling mountains, hiking through trails, shooting photos during concerts, or just plainly living in whatever moment he's in, Garin has his camera ready for the next opportunity to create images.
Hello, Garin. Welcome to the Lomography Online Magazine! How did you get started on your photographic journey?
Hi there! Thanks for reaching out and for putting a spotlight on some great artists that I am honored to be in the presence of. I've been around cameras (both photo and video) for a very long time. My father was one of those parents who was always filming, whether it be sports games, school performances etc, so I was introduced to the medium at a very early age. I would say the journey started when I purchased my own camera to shoot and film skateboarding when I was about 14, though, and then it took off when I lived in Grand Teton National park and was exploring/shooting every single day.
How would you define photography?
The art of capturing light.
What's your favorite thing about it?
Hands down, the fact that it has given me a new perspective on what most would call ordinary or mundane, and changed the way I look at the world as a whole.
It's amazing to see the world through your lens. How many countries have you visited in your travels? What was the most unforgettable place you've been to?
Countries? 4 including my own, with tickets booked for another at the end of the year. I've traveled quite a bit more domestically, though. Shout out to my parents for taking us on road trips and instilling in me a love for travel at a young age. The most unforgettable place I've been to so far is definitely Japan, though I may be biased since it was so recent haha.
Has travel influenced your creative work/artistic process? How?
Most definitely. Especially recently, with having just returned from Japan and being able to experience a country so rich with culture that is rooted very heavily in the arts. There's just something about being surrounded entirely by things that are so foreign that really brings back that sense of adventure, excitement, and wonderment you had when you were a child. I've been trying to keep hold of that since I got back.
We love the symmetry, mood, and action in your photos. They offer the viewer so much to look at. What visual elements are you always looking for when taking a shot?
Thank you, that means a lot. Honestly, there's nothing in particular that I really look for when shooting. I try to always carry a camera on me for when something catches my eye, and smartphones have made that easier than ever. I am inspired by all types of photography, so I tend to take photos of everything. I am quite fond of the rule of thirds, though, in terms of composing.
We noticed that a lot of your images are shot under natural lighting conditions. Is this a particular style you were going for?
Not necessarily. Again, I tend to shoot everything, and recently I've been covering a lot of concerts, which is the antithesis of most of my landscape and street photography images. I don't believe in putting yourself in a box, especially with creative works.
Aside from photography, what other areas of creative work do you dabble in?
What a segue haha. I do logo design and branding, clothing design, video stuff, music production etc. I also have an office job in which I assist with the web development design process. I wear many hats both figuratively and literally.
What inspires you to create?
Other creatives, especially those around me who I see putting in work and making moves in real time.
What would you say was the greatest advice you've been given in your lifetime?
In terms of workflow: “If something will take you 15 minutes or less, do it right now.” In terms of general life advice: “Less morose, more present.”
Lastly, what's next for Garin Wood?
I have a couple of projects related to my recent trip to Japan that should be done relatively soon. Apart from that, I'm working a lot behind the scenes on ULTMO, which I can't really release any details about, but is essentially the culmination of all my skills and interests in collaboration with some other insanely talented artists. I'm very excited. I'm very tired.