Interview : Ian MorrisonPosted by Melanie deJesus on
Sam Cohan for Langly sits down with Brand Ambassador Ian Morrison to discuss his recent shoot in Alaska, his dislike of Colonialism and his love for Langly Camera bags.
SC: You’re on the road now, where are you?
IM: I’m finally getting some R and R in my life. I’m in Nantucket at my lady’s parents living that slow life. Still getting in my computer time but taking a break from everything for a moment.
SC: But you were in Valdez for a week shooting before?
IM: We were shooting with a brand called Allied Feather & Down – A supplier of humane feather and down for major brands. For their brand Peak Performance we were up there to do a short film about climate change and the melting glaciers and I shot the stills.
SC: Easy shoot?
IM: Not at all! We only had four hours of dark. 20 hour days working. 3-4 hours drive to get to the glacier, film all day and then back. I’ve been a lot of places though and it’s been one of my favorites for sure.
SC: How’d you spend the time on that drive.
IM: Catch up on sleep! I like to drink a bit so that was happening too.
SC: And early before that you were at the march at Standing Rock?
IM: Yeah that was with Allied Feather & Down as well. We were finding a way for this massive arctic brand to find a new life and a new audience. Standing Rock was part of that and they gave us a lot of clothing and jackets for the tribes and elders there.
SC: What was your take away from that experience? What was inspiring? What was cause for concern?
IM: Colonization, definitely. As soon as it was brought to my attention that that was part of the march I really cued in. And it’s really mixed there. Like, a lot of people are using plastic forks and utensils and not realizing that those are also a product of oil. They’re things they don’t need. Things that colonization brought into our lives. And one of the things I realize whenever I get back from travelling third world countries – how bombarded we are with advertising for things we don’t need. I like to imagine living away from all of it because we don’t need these things. But it’s also weird for me because as a photographer I make my living shooting ads and brand campaigns so it’s a bit conflicted for me at times.
SC: And how do you balance that?
IM: Getting out of the States as much as possible really helps me.
SC: How’d you get involved with Langly?
IM: I met Evan a while ago and started learning about his brand and he asked me to come stop by, gave me some product to use. They’re probably the best products I use. I hate Tamrac stuff. Langly bags are durable and have personality to them. Evan also brought me into a nice community of photographers I really respect.
SC: Do you have a project you’re moving onto?
IM: I’m moving forward with a year long project and I’m just trying to focus on people and my personal journalism projects. Something that balances all the campaigns and advertising I shoot and gets me back into my roots as a photographer and got me into the art.
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