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Meet Caleb J Adams

Today we’d like to introduce you to Caleb J Adams.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Caleb J. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I began taking photos after borrowing the class camera as a freshman in high school. I checked it out for the day and didn’t put it down. Growing up in Northern California, I was quickly drawn to photographing my natural surroundings as a way to escape and explore. As a child, I was not much of a talker and more of an observer. The camera became the perfect tool to develop a visual language to articulate a sensitivity to my surroundings.

After graduating from UCLA’s Fine Art department in 2015, I have developed a practice with a similar playful and straightforward approach. I am often captivated by the nuance interactions of everyday objects and like to approach photographing people as a conversation.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I found some of the most challenging aspects of this industry are finding the commercial applications for my work and building relationships with people I align with creatively. Staying positive and saying yes to as many opportunities as possible is crucial, but knowing when to say no was the biggest learning curve. Staying true and developing your own artistic vision while working as a technical hand in creating someone else’s vision was not the easiest to balance. Gaining the trust of brands and publications as not only a technically skilled individual but an idea person too.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Even though much of photography has become completely digital, making with my hands is fundamental to my process. Whether it’s movement with the subjects, using materials to construct still lifes, or working in the darkroom, it’s important that elements of it remain physical. My work has an emphasis of color, texture, and expression of light. I want to bring the viewer into the moment to experience something serene, intimate, and connected.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
There is always a certain degree of luck in this industry and you never know when it’s going to strike.

I was fortunate enough to meet Zoe Ghertner in 2016 on set for a mutual friend. I happen to have the skills she was looking for in an assistant and our visual taste was surprisingly similar. Until September of 2019, I worked with her full time as an assistant on set and in the studio, she has since become a mentor and immense resource.

After some time working in the industry as an assistant and working in communal spaces such as Contact at The Brewery in downtown LA, I was able to find people with similar photographic interests at various stages in their career. Working in a space with people experimenting, sharing technical knowledge, and making relationships to expand my professional resources has been invaluable.

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