My name is Darrin VanGorder and I live LA. I am a self taught photographer who supported my way through college shooting photography (selling fine art and shooting fashion for upscale modeling agencies). My degree is in biochemistry and quantum mechanics. I was a scientist for 7 years of my life. I loved the investigation of our world. How math could explain concept, how concept could explain math and how both have the capacity to explain life. And more importantly teach you to see the beauty that surrounds life. Life is dynamic, always in motion, and through that motion I decided to change my life. I love to shoot photographs, to create an image, so I became a photographer. I have built a successful photography business over the years. I shoot for many different fields, from movie posters, actors, editorial work, commercial and fashion. For commercial work I shoot in many different styles depending on the needs of the client. For my landscape and flower photography I call my style the painting effect. Having grown up with paintings I fell in love with how the depth of field would fall away, how light was interpreted and used. When I shoot my mind naturally falls into that feel. I almost never stop my lens down all the way. I am extremely conscience of my use the depth of field and its affect on light and flow (path into and out of a photograph). For fine art I still shoot film, I use a 35mm, a 7x17 panoramic and a 4x5. I shoot with several different films depending on the subject and light. I believe every photograph is its own entity, requiring its own expression.
I find inspiration in how surreal life can be, whether beautiful or ugly, sometimes I feel like I am in a dream. Sometimes I want my audience to feel like they are dreaming when they view my work.Nature is my church, shooting landscapes and flowers in my religion, my inspiration. I hope this gives you an idea about me. And I hope to get a chance to be able to be a part of your gallery in your home. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Darrin Van Gorder