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 worked as a scientist for 7 years. I enjoyed it and I was successful at it, but I did not love it. Then I was hit by string of tragedies where I lost 5 loved ones within a year. Having gone through that I knew deep inside that I needed to change my life and pursue my passion. So as life is dynamic, always in motion and through that motion I decided to change careers and be a photographer. Within the last two years I have built a successful photography business, but it is only the beginning for me. I was hired to shoot a book on Zydeco music to go along with a movie that was shot (the movie and book will be finished by the beginning of this year). I have been shooting movie posters, actors and fashion. And as far as fashion, the work I will be doing in the coming months will blow away anything I have done yet (money behind these shoots). 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. As for my future I see myself growing quite a bit over the next year. I have met with several agents and reps recently and with their help I have planned out a coarse to obtain and shoot major ad campaigns. From there I want to start to produce my own. As for fine art I see more growth within that too. Nature is my church, shooting landscapes and flowers in my religion, my inspiration. As I become more successful I gain the ability to travel and shoot more fine art. 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