Today I am excited to share that the Artists to Know series is back! After taking a little break over the summer, I have a truly talented artist's story to share with you to really kick off this season on a happy note! His name is Adam, and I found his work in a very different way from how I normally find my artists to interview. I was contacted by a friend of his, who wrote to me requesting that I consider this photographer who "captures beautiful landscape shots all over the country". She wrote about his passion for helping people, how he gives a portion of each sale to families in need and that "There is truly no one with a kinder heart than Adam".
Obviously, I had to check this guy out. I am so glad I did, because you all are going to love him! His work speaks for itself and you'll get to see some of his beautiful work below - but the love he has for his craft and his family is inspiring. So without further ado, allow me to introduce to you the man behind "Land of Adam", photographer, business owner, and family man, Adam Mead:
How would you describe yourself/your photography style?
One thing I have realized about myself is that I love imperfection and honesty. There's nothing like an image that has been edited well but not overly polished and crisp. I think my style tends to be raw yet refined with a modern touch.
What is the driving force behind your photography/what keeps you motivated?
I come from a family of fine artists, musicians and photography enthusiasts so I think it just comes very natural to want to shoot all the time. I carry my camera nearly everywhere I go so it's just simply a part of me. But travel - especially when I can do it with my family - is what really stokes my fire. I crave new scenes and cultures because I love to learn and I get bored of the same ol' pretty quickly.
I'm driven to share stories with clients and customers, but I also really enjoy hearing what LOA pieces mean to them. I believe that we have the opportunity to connect with each other through art and enrich one another’s lives through this type of intellectual exchange.
If you could tell the world one thing with your art, what would it be?
Don't try too hard. Life is meant to be fun, not perfect.
Where is the place that you feel most inspired? Why?
I feel most inspired when I feel small and insignificant in the face of God's great creation. For me that tends to be the western parts of our country from about Denver on. In particular, however, I love the Hawaiian Islands. The culture of respect and stewardship over the land, air and sea seem to resonate with me and it just feels good to be there. It's hard not to feel inspired when you live Aloha.
How much time do you spend viewing other artists’/photographers’ work? What photographers are your favorite?
I probably spend more time checking out others' work than I realize. I love learning from other artistic disciplines but I certainly spend a good portion of time looking at and following other photographers. Instagram makes that so easy to see a variety of artists at any moment of the day. It’s become a personalized magazine of sorts that changes constantly. When I see something I enjoy, I'll follow it and study it. Not to replicate it but to understand their eye and how it's different from mine.
If I had to name a couple photographers that I have a total work crush on it would be Chris Burkard because of his work and advocacy for the earth, and Gray Malin for his brilliant business sense. I have mad respect for both these guys and hope to meet them one day and say “thanks for the inspiration.”
What is your favorite gallery or museum and why?
With 8 kids, my wife and I unfortunately don't get to check out many galleries or museums. I know they have visited the VMFA several times during the day when I’m at work which has been awesome experience for the kids. We home school so it’s a great opportunity for them to be exposed to great work.
One gallery that I would really like to check out next time we are in Hawaii is the Greenroom Gallery on Oahu. It has a lot of modern surf and Japanese inspired art.
What is your favorite camera to use?
I shoot with my Canon 5D Mark III but am starting to explore the Mark IV or even possibly making the switch to the mirrorless Sony A7r II. Down the road if I achieve certain metrics with my work, I’d love to explore medium format cameras.
I also recently purchased a DJI Phantom 4 drone. That thing is really fun and gets beautiful images. It created some of my favorite images from my last trip to Hawaii.
Do you prefer to work with film or digital? Do you have a dark room?
I think if I had more time I would love to become better at film, but my work keeps me on the go. My darkroom is in my backpack and is always with me. It’s also a lot less messy.
Artistically I’m able to get the film touch I want out of digital because I’ve been exposed to it for so long now (sorry for the bad pun). However, I do want to explore new ways of processing such as wet plate which gives this awesome gritty look from the 1800’s.
If you had a million dollars, what would be your dream equipment?
That’s hard to say because I’m such a low profile photographer and not very fancy to begin with. I don’t use or buy more equipment than I can carry with me. I think that pushes me to be smarter with what I do have and invest in destinations rather than equipment.
I think the few things I would be interested in getting though is a medium format camera – maybe a Leica. I just love the feel of the images it captures. Then I would need a new kit of lenses so I would try to sell what I have. Then maybe I would get some first class tickets on all my flights so I don’t feel so wrecked when I get where I’m going. I would probably spring for a new pack. I like the F-Stop Mountain packs.
I would also consider purchasing a building that I could turn into my own studio/gallery – but that’s not equipment. And in that same vein, maybe a Jeep Wrangler :)
Besides your camera, what are the materials you can’t live without on a day you’re shooting? (favorite camera bag, chapstick, sensible shoes J etc?)
I love my Incase DSLR Pro camera bag because it is a complete mobile studio. I can carry all the lenses I need, my laptop, an iPad and plenty of other things everywhere I go. Because time can be limiting, I find myself downloading images and starting the retouching process at the airport and on the flights back home. Without that bag, I wouldn’t be able to do that.
A small but important tool for me is a battery charger for my mobile devices. Without my phone I’m truly lost. The batteries drain quickly as I explore so it has been a lifesaver on a number of occasions.
Land of Adam
When did you go into business as a photographer?
I invested in my first camera shortly after I started my design business almost 10 years ago. I shot here and there for clients, but not at the pace I do today. About 2.5 years ago I officially created Land of Adam as a separate LLC to open more opportunities for commercial and fine art work.
Talk a little about your “Rule of Thirds” Profit Plan.
I’m in a very fortunate position where I don’t have to use my photography revenue to be the primary source of income for my family’s day-to-day expenses. I still own and operate two branding agencies – yogg (www.Landofyogg.com) and KARV (www.KARVbranding.com) which provides me with enough income to pursue more philanthropic goals with Land of Adam. I also view Land of Adam as a passion project so that I keep the desire high and not get stifled by the need for money.
I have been given so many opportunities to pursue what makes me happy that I want to help others do that as well. So the first third of net revenues is donated to organizations who help people in challenging positions grow, learn and achieve their dreams. I also donate directly to families in need or families who have children who have a bright future if they can simply make it through the fiscal challenges of today.
The second third is part of a college savings plan for my kids. I’m staring down the barrel of 8 college tuitions so I’m really praying for some scholarships!
The final third is reinvested into the business to make the craft better, explore more and ultimately spend more time growing with my family.
I am happy to share that Adam's story will continue next month for Part 2! "Artists to Know" interviews are posted on the last Friday of each month, so be sure to head back this way on October 28th to gain some great business advice, and learn a little more about how he manages being an artist, a business owner, a husband, and a father of 8!
In the meantime, you can find Adam Mead at:
Land of Adam Fine Art Photography
804.564.1928 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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