Artist
Darrin VanGorder Valley Village, California

Darrin Van Gorder is a self-taught photographer who paid his way through college shooting fine art and fashion photography. He received his degree in biochemistry and quantum mechanics, and worked as a scientist for seven years. After a whirlwind of life events, Darrin realized he wasn’t in love with his job and quit to pursue his passion. Darrin finds inspiration in how surreal life can be, whether beautiful or ugly, sometimes feeling like he is in a dream. He wants his audience to feel like they are dreaming when they view his work. Darrin has found commercial success as well, shooting several movie posters and fashion campaigns.

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    About The Artist

    Darrin Van Gorder is a self-taught photographer who paid his way through college shooting fine art and fashion photography. He received his degree in biochemistry and quantum mechanics, and worked as a scientist for seven years. After a whirlwind of life events, Darrin realized he wasn’t in love with his job and quit to pursue his passion. Darrin finds inspiration in how surreal life can be, whether beautiful or ugly, sometimes feeling like he is in a dream. He wants his audience to feel like they are dreaming when they view his work. Darrin has found commercial success as well, shooting several movie posters and fashion campaigns.

    Artist Statement

    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

    Acrylic Glass Print

    Archival photographic print face-mounted on the back of .25" thick acrylic glass. The high gloss acrylic enhances the depth and vibrancy of the image, and has polished edges. Comes mounted on wood so the piece stands off of the wall half an inch for a contemporary look. Includes a certificate of authenticity on request, and arrives wired to hang.

    Aluminum Print

    Archival, high gloss print on 0.05" thick aluminum. Aluminum prints are lightweight and durable. Comes mounted on wood so the piece stands off of the wall half an inch for a contemporary look. Includes a certificate of authenticity on request, and arrives wired to hang.

    Canvas Print

    Gallery-quality giclee print on stretched canvas with 1.5" thick edges, and edges are finished white. Includes a certificate of authenticity on request, and arrives wired to hang.

    Framed Fine Art Print

    Archival photographic print on heavyweight, acid-free, soft gloss paper in a wood, white, or black frame. Features a 1.25" white border around the image. No matte. Acrylic glass front gives a crystal clear view. Includes a certificate of authenticity on request, and arrives wired to hang.

    Hear What Collectors Say About Darrin 's Work

    Darrin VanGorder 11/3/2013 | 5:41 PM

    I just wanted to say thank you very much!!!! I love what I do and pursue my work with a passion. To receive such a compliment feels great, your words are inspiring and greatly appreciated.

    commentsOrchid Reflection
    P Fowler purchased this artwork. 10/30/2013 | 1:36 PM

    Even at the disadvantage of internet I could tell this photograph was exceptional. I was not disappointed. The phalenopsis in "Orchid Reflection" is exquisite! Framed it is "fine" art at its best. Thank you for taking such a beautiful photograph, the three days it took to get the reflection "right" was totally worth it. I would buy it again in a heartbeat!

    Darrin VanGorder 12/15/2011 | 4:49 PM

    I just wanted to say thank you to all those you have posted comments on my photographs. I truly appreciate you all taking the time to do so! The photos are starting to sell one by one so please tell friends and take a look at some of the new work I posted for sale. Darrin

    V Gundara 11/3/2011 | 5:53 PM

    Darrin, your photography is magical, colorful and truly inspiring! Somehow each one manages to capture such brilliant color and a sense of beauty! You are so talented, and I look forward to seeing your future pieces! Vine Street is breathtaking!

    J Soria 10/30/2011 | 9:20 PM

    Darrin u never cease to amaze me! u have a great eye my friend!

    E Cooke 10/30/2011 | 6:44 PM

    I am truly amazed by how incredible all of these photos are. You have such an amazing gift. You must have the patience of a saint, as it must take some time to capture such amazing beauty. Your work is exceptional and so moving.

    commentsVine Street
    B Wheeler 10/30/2011 | 3:55 AM

    Can't say enough good things about your exceptional talent. Of course these small previews can't begin to do justice to the quality of the full sized originals. Having seen a number of your originals in person, I know that they are nothing short of breath taking.

    D BIANCHI 10/28/2011 | 1:41 PM

    Darrin is one of the most brilliant photographic minds I know his work is true, honest and accelerated. It would be an honor for anyone to own his original work, I own several of my own and them are fantastic.

    commentsGoleta Pier
    K Philipps 10/28/2011 | 12:32 PM

    What a fantastic shot. The simplicity of the wood pier and the colors of the sunset are the perfect compliment to each other! And the reflection on the water...just spectacular.

    commentsGoleta Pier
    K Philipps 10/28/2011 | 12:30 PM

    What a fantastic shot. The simplicity of the wood pier and the colors of the sunset are the perfect compliment to each other! And the reflection on the water...just spectacular.

    C Jo'Leigh 10/27/2011 | 11:29 PM

    Beautiful!

    commentsPride
    C B 10/27/2011 | 11:17 PM

    Beautiful and full of emotion. I love the splashes of color from the speeding cars and the lights along the bridge. Such a stunning capture and beautiful tribute on such a devastating day.

    commentsGoleta Pier
    C B 10/27/2011 | 11:13 PM

    the juxtaposition between the rough texture of the wood and the smoothness of the ocean water and sky is breathtaking. Not to mention the composition and colors are phenomenal! well done.

    commentsLeo Carrillo Nightscape
    C B 10/27/2011 | 11:11 PM

    The moon! I mean, holy crap...How perfect is this shot? The water feels so subdued and the location is romantic and your eyes pan up from this feeling of tranquility to the brightness and intensity of the moon perfectly surrounded by the magnificense of the way the rocks are formed. Just superb! :)

    commentsRiverside Drive
    C B 10/27/2011 | 11:05 PM

    there is something both eerie and mystical about this shot. I feel as though I could stare at this image for hours and come up with a ton of stories in my head surrounding this one picture. My mind is currently running rampant with ideas involving supernatural entities encompassing this photo. Perhaps I watch too many horror/supernatural movies, but this image could definitely be the opening shot!

    commentsBaby Elephant
    C B 10/27/2011 | 10:59 PM

    This is such a gorgeous image. I love the many colors in the sky contrasting against the colors and textures of the ocean and rock. All of the colors and textures blend together perfectly to create a truly outstanding image and moment in time.

    Darrin VanGorder 10/19/2011 | 11:54 PM

    Hi. I hope you enjoy my photographs. If you have any questions please feel free to make a comment and I will respond. Take care. Darrin Van Gorder

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