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What Makes You Click with Kelvin Bulluck

Kelvin Bulluck

Portrait photographer, Kelvin Bulluck has always been interested in what makes people tick. In 2010, shortly after discovering his passion for photography, he began to wonder about high performing photographers and what it takes to reach the highest levels of success within the realms of fashion photography, editorial photography and commercial photography. Ten years later, this podcast was born to answer that very question for new and more experienced photographers alike. What Makes You Click podcast is a series of conversations between Kelvin and some of the most successful photographers in the business. Listen in while they share insights and stories about the highs and lows that lead them to where they are today.
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On this episode of What Makes You Click, Kelvin welcomes Nick Rasmussen, a photographer and filmmaker based in NY and LA. Nick shares insight into his journey with self-awareness and introspection and how that impacts his creative process, along with why he only shoots film, not digital.

From dreaming of being a cartoonist to making movies instead of writing school papers, Nick has always walked to the beat of his own drum. He talks about his journey into film-making, photography, and even improv comedy, shedding light on how his love for comedy turned into shooting artists and people of interest in Los Angeles and New York. Nick then shares what he has learned from becoming a professional photographer, detailing clever ways to communicate with your subjects and capture candid, more natural-looking portraits.

You’ll learn how Nick uses other photographers and filmmakers as inspiration for learning new skills and discovering his unique aesthetic. Plus, Kelvin and Nick speak on how they’re staying creative during the pandemic and why it’s so important to take breaks for rest.

About the Guest:

Nick Rasmussen is a photographer and filmmaker in LA/NY, originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He started photographing people in the Los Angeles improv comedy scene, while training with the Upright Citizens Brigade for some years. He used photography to get close to comedians he admired, eventually turning his camera on many of LA/NY's artists & people of interest.

Nick relies on his instinctive perception of his subjects to create narrative and emotion within his portrait, editorial and fashion work.

Connect with Nick Rasmussen:

Visit his website: www.bynickrasmussen.com

Follow him on Instagram: www.instagram.com/bynickrasmussen

Connect with What Makes You Click:

Visit our website: www.whatmakesyouclick.com

Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/whatmakesyouclickpodcast

Connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/whatmakesyouclick

People + Resources Mentioned:

Armchair Expert Podcast: www.armchairexpertpod.com

Upright Citizens Brigade: www.losangeles.ucbtrainingcenter.com

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron: https://bit.ly/2Vu5OZd

Tim Walker: www.timwalkerphotography.com

Annie Leibovitz: www.artnet.com/artists/annie-leibovitz

Sarah Moon: www.artnet.com/artists/sarah-moon

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On this episode of What Makes You Click, Kelvin welcomes Maciek Jasik, an award-winning photographer based in NYC and LA that critiques Western society’s relationship with nature and identity. Maciek and Kelvin have a very grounded discussion speaking on the personal experiences and psychology that is often behind photography and other forms of artistic expression, noting Maciek’s opinion on the most important aspect of creating art.

You’ll gain insight into Maciek’s Polish upbringing, the forming of his identity while integrating with American society, and the mindset of an immigrant that inspires a powerful work ethic.

He sheds light on how his love for political science and art converged early in his life, how his time spent living in Japan inspired his photography, and the overwhelm and FOMO that exists in being a professional photographer. Maciek even shares the most important lessons he’s learned from shooting portraits, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg and other notable figures.


About the Guest:

Maciek Jasik is a photographer based in NYC/LA, critiquing Western society's relationship with Nature and exploring ideas of identity, representation and the self while employing color and distortion to re-imagine accepted norms.

Connect with Maciek Jasik:

Visit his website: www.maciekjasik.com

Follow him on Instagram: www.instagram.com/maciekjasik

Connect with What Makes You Click:

Visit our website: www.whatmakesyouclick.com

Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/whatmakesyouclickpodcast

Connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/whatmakesyouclick

People + Resources Mentioned:

Gary Winogrand: www.fraenkelgallery.com/artists/garry-winogrand

Alex Webb: www.webbnorriswebb.co

Daniel Arnold: www.daniel-arnold.org

Nobuyoshi Araki: https://ocula.com/artists/nobuyoshi-araki/

Gregory Crewdson: www.gagosian.com/artists/gregory-crewdson

Philip-Lorca diCorcia: www.artnet.com/artists/philip-lorca-dicorcia

Watch Nomadland on Hulu: www.hulu.com/nomadland-movie

Francis Bacon: www.francis-bacon.com

Deeply-Ordered Chaos: www.maciekjasik.com/Deeply-Ordered-Chaos

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On this episode of What Makes You Click, Kelvin welcomes Dana Kinlaw, an award-winning Art Director with over 13+ years of experience in the entertainment industry, specializing in motion graphics VFX and photography. Dana breaks down what an art director does and how they work with photographers to create stunning images and videos. He also speaks on why he’s taking the leap and pursuing his ultimate entrepreneurial vision for his photography and art directing career.

You’ll gain insight into Dana’s childhood and what shaped him into a hardworking creative, as well as how he started expressing himself through art as a kid. He sheds light on how photography has been a huge part of his family’s history, what it was like to discover graphic design on an old-school computer, and why he took photography classes in community college. Dana then talks about what it was like to work and develop his skills as a staff designer for Comedy Central and his transition from staff designer to art director, landing a leading role rebranding BET Networks.

Plus, he talks about what it means to “shoot for the gallery” and his candid thoughts when someone says people of color are “hard to shoot”.

About the Guest:

Dana got his start as a freelance motion designer, then became a staff designer with Comedy Central. After five incredible years, Dana moved on to BET Networks to play a leading role in its on-air creative rebrand. In 2012, he was promoted to Art Director and has since overseen the various promo campaigns, pitches, and tent poles including the network Upfront, BET Awards, Hip Hop Awards and record-breaking original programming.

He's still hands-on, continually sharpening his eye for design, animation, and composition while capturing the world through his photography.

Connect with Dana Kinlaw:

Visit his website: www.danakinlaw.com

Follow him on Instagram: www.instagram.com/Dana_Kinlaw

Connect with What Makes You Click:

Visit our website: www.whatmakesyouclick.com

Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/whatmakesyouclickpodcast

Connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/whatmakesyouclick

People + Resources Mentioned:
American Photography Competition: https://www.ai-ap.com/about/Chris Sorensen Episode: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1533748/8071873
Melanie Dunea Episode: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1533748/8032640Maurice Marable: www.instagram.com/mothedirector

Boomerang on BET: www.instagram.com/p/Bs1C7MwAXoP & www.instagram.com/p/B9HsycXJayo

Erik Umphery: www.erikumphery.com

Episode with Kareem Black: www.buzzsprout.com/1533748/7530406

Episode with Derek Reed: www.buzzsprout.com/1533748/8645321-derek-reed

Joshua Kissi: www.instagram.com/joshuakissi

Albert Watson: www.albertwatson.net

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On this episode of What Makes You Click, Kelvin welcomes Macey J. Foronda, an editorial and commercial photographer based in New York and Los Angeles. Listen in as she talks about what it was like to be raised in the Midwest by an artistic family of traveling musical theater actors, as well as her experience moving to Brooklyn to pursue photography as a young adult. Macey sheds light on the power of knowing what you want to pursue in life, taking risks, being playful, and asking for what you really want, like a job title change.

You’ll gain insight into the photography portfolio Macey submitted to Pratt Institute, how body image has inspired her artwork, and the photographers and styles that have impacted her photography over the years. She also talks about how she decided curation wasn’t her ideal career, what she learned from interning at Rolling Stone Magazine and working at Buzzfeed, and the project she’s currently working on through Art of Freelance.

Plus, she shares her candid thoughts on what the deal with the citrus is (if you know, you know)!

About the Guest:

Macey is an editorial and commercial photographer working in LA + NY. She was raised in the Midwest by a family of traveling musical theater actors.

Connect with Macey J. Foronda:

Visit his website: www.maceyjforonda.com

Follow her on Instagram: www.instagram.com/maceyjforonda

Connect with What Makes You Click:

Visit our website: www.whatmakesyouclick.com

Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/whatmakesyouclickpodcast

Connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/whatmakesyouclick

People + Resources Mentioned:

Derek Reed: www.derekreed.com

John Ellis: www.instagram.com/john___ellis/

Trevor Godinho: www.trevorgodinho.com

Diane Arbus: www.artnet.com/artists/diane-arbus

Cindy Sherman: www.moma.org/artists/5392

Francesca Woodman: www.artnet.com/artists/francesca-woodman

Art of Freelance: www.artoffreelance.com

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On this episode of What Makes You Click, Kelvin welcomes Derek Reed, a commercial photographer, video director, and photo editor based in New York City. Listen in as Derek tells the story of how he got his first solo show and sold his first prints as a senior in college in Louisiana, what it’s really like to be a photo editor, and how he was able to pursue photography and develop a successful career as a photographer in New York City.

You’ll gain insight into how Derek was introduced to photography as a child, noting some of the incredible family photos his grandfather shot in the 50s, as well as how he branched out and found inspiration for his photography while growing up in a military base. Derek talks about one of the most successful sets he’s ever done, which happens to be his first celebrity shoot, then shares powerful pieces of advice for aspiring photographers and photo editors. Plus, he shares the awe-some stories of photographing Alan Rickman and DMX before they passed.

About the Guest:

Derek is a commercial photographer, video director, and photo editor based in New York City. Working with some of the best known actors and models in both the fashion and entertainment industries.

Connect with Derek Reed:

Visit his website: www.derekreed.com

Follow him on Instagram: www.instagram.com/dereklreed

Connect with What Makes You Click:

Visit our website: www.whatmakesyouclick.com

Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/whatmakesyouclickpodcast

Connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/whatmakesyouclick

People + Resources Mentioned:

The Luupe’s website: www.theluupe.com

John Ellis: www.instagram.com/john___ellis/

Tracey Woods: www.traceywoods.com/about-1

Jim Henson: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Henson

Gordon Parks: www.gordonparksfoundation.org

The Black Archives: www.instagram.com/blackarchives.co

Separate, But Equal by Henry Clay Anderson: www.amazon.com/Separate-But-Equal-Mississippi-Photographs/dp/1586480928/ref=sr_1_4?crid=3HUDTZX6EM6RP&dchild=1&keywords=separate+but+equal&qid=1622827596&s=books&sprefix=Separate+but+equal%2Caps%2C154&sr=1-4

Peter Lindbergh: http://peterlindbergh.obys.agency

Robert Mapplethorpe: www.mapplethorpe.org

Herb Ritts: www.herbritts.com

Photoplus: www.photoplusexpo.com

Richard Avedon: www.avedonfoundation.org

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On this episode of What Makes You Click, Kelvin welcomes Trevor Godinho, an artist and photographer born in the Middle East and raised in Toronto, Canada. Listen in as he sheds light on how he pursued his artistic dreams, traveled the world, and networked his way to success and recognition. He offers wise words of advice on strategically following your passion and transitioning to being a full-time creator, as well as managing your finances and your business as a growing photographer.

You’ll gain insight into how Trevor’s childhood neighborhood and the environment he grew up in inspired his artwork, why he’s drawn to incorporate dark elements into his art, and what it was like to be raised and supported by immigrant parents. He highlights why creative expression is a powerful way to embrace mental health, as well as his candid thoughts on fear, being a minimalist photographer, and dealing with loneliness and depression as a creative.

About the Guest:

With a career spanning more than a decade, Trevor Godinho is an internationally recognized artist and published photographer, his work gracing the pages of Vogue Italia, Elle Canada, Men’s Health Australia, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, Playboy France & USA, FHM France & India, and much more; putting him and his camera in front of notable personalities and Hollywood’s leading men and women.

Connect with Trevor Godinho:

Visit his website: www.trevorgodinho.com

Connect with What Makes You Click:

Visit our website: www.whatmakesyouclick.com

Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/whatmakesyouclickpodcast

Connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/whatmakesyouclick

People + Resources Mentioned:

Caravaggio: www.caravaggio.org

Patrick Demarchelier: www.artnet.com/artists/patrick-demarchelier

Marco Glaviano: http://www.marcoglaviano.com/

Mario Testino: www.mariotestino.com

Peter Lindbergh: http://peterlindbergh.obys.agency

Maxim Magazine: www.maxim.com

Richard Avedon: www.avedonfoundation.org

Elinchrom: https://www.elinchrom.com/

Sweat the Technique by Rakim: www.goodreads.com/book/show/42800500-sweat-the-technique

Raw by Lamont U-God Hawkins: www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/36341538-raw

Platon: www.platonphoto.com

The Third Door by Alex Banayan: www.thirddoorbook.com

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders: www.georgesaundersbooks.com/books/a-swim-in-a-pond-in-the-rain-hc

Model Mayhem: www.modelmayhem.com

Herb Ritts: www.herbritts.com

Albert Watson: www.albertwatson.net

Robert Mapplethorpe: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Mapplethorpe

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Trigger warning: This episode does include discussion on sexual abuse and drug addiction.

On this episode of What Makes You Click, Kelvin welcomes Michael Tighe, a portrait photographer and actor based in Los Angeles. Listen in as he tells the story of his quick rise to success, his coming back to photography after recovering from drug addiction, and his transition into acting.

Michael shares how he learned the basics of developing photographs at a young age, sparking a curiosity that has lasted his whole life. He details why he decided to leave the School of Visual Arts, what drove him to make a living as a photographer, and his experience studying with Philippe Halsman, Richard Avedon, and Arnold Newman. Michael describes how he developed his own unique style as a photographer and how he got connected with celebrities, like Andy Warhol, to photograph them, sharing jaw-dropping stories of being a young, talented artist in a sea of ego-driven fame.

Tune in to gain insight into Michael’s experience overcoming drug addiction and homelessness, relapsing, and what caused him to stop doing photography for a living. Plus, he talks about his recent experimentation with acting, why he has become an actor later in life, and the status of his one-man show.

Connect with Michael Tighe:

Visit his website: www.michaeltighe.website

Connect with What Makes You Click:

Visit our website: www.whatmakesyouclick.com

Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/whatmakesyouclickpodcast

Connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/whatmakesyouclick

People + Resources Mentioned:

Richard Avedon: www.avedonfoundation.org

Henri Cartier-Bresson: www.henricartierbresson.org

Robert Frank: www.icp.org/browse/archive/constituents/robert-frank

School of Visual Arts: www.sva.edu

Philippe Halsman: www.philippehalsman.com

Magnum Photos: www.magnumphotos.com

Arnold Newman: www.arnoldnewman.com

Yousuf Karsh: www.karsh.org

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon: www.austinkleon.com/steal

Celebrity Service: www.celebrityservice.com

George Hurrell: https://georgehurrell.com/

George Platt Lynes: www.howardgreenberg.com/artists/george-platt-lynes/featured-works

Andy Warhol: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Warhol

Bianca Jagger: https://www.crfashionbook.com/celebrity/g27042168/bianca-jaggers-secret-moments/

Raging Bull film: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081398/

Francesco Scavullo: www.artnet.com/artists/francesco-scavullo

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron: www.juliacameronlive.com/the-artists-way

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On this episode of What Makes You Click, Kelvin welcomes Andrew Eccles, an award-winning photographer that has been shooting celebrities, models, athletes, politicians, musicians, and dancers for over three decades. Listen in as Andrew sheds light on some of the most powerful, career-defining projects of his life, along with his candid thoughts on the profound connection between the photographer and their subject and the loss of the “very magical process” of being a photographer.

Having somehow landed the position as Annie Leibovitz’s assistant in the 80s, Andrew takes us back in time to his odd international upbringing and his journey in discovering the intricacy of photography. Andrew and Kelvin reflect on what it means for photography to be “clean”, how to overcome complacency and burn out in your career, and the impactful differences between film and digital.

Plus, Andrew shares what he would do differently and what he would do the same if he started his artistic career over again!

About the Guest:

Andrew Eccles was born in England and grew up in Toronto, Canada. His family moved to Hawaii when he was twelve where he attended high school for two years before returning to Vancouver and graduating there. He spent three years at The Ontario College of Art followed by two years in Texas before eventually settling in New York City. It was there that he began to pursue photography seriously.

Within four months Andrew landed an apprenticeship with Annie Leibovitz lasting three years. That was followed by brief stints working alongside Robert Mapplethorpe and Steven Meisel.

In 1987, Andrew became a professional photographer himself and has been shooting celebrities, models, athletes, politicians, musicians, and dancers ever since.

Over the past 33 years his work has appeared on the covers of countless magazines worldwide. He has also created an abundance of Advertising images for the Film, Television, Broadway, and Music Industries for use domestically and abroad.

Connect with Andrew Eccles:

Visit his website: www.andreweccles.com/overview

Follow him on Instagram: www.instagram.com/eccles

Connect with What Makes You Click:

Visit our website: www.whatmakesyouclick.com

Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/whatmakesyouclickpodcast

Connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/whatmakesyouclick

People + Resources Mentioned:

Annie Leibovitz: www.artnet.com/artists/annie-leibovitz

Eiko Ishioka: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eiko_Ishioka

Steven Meisel: www.artnet.com/artists/steven-meisel

Albert Watson: www.albertwatson.net

Scott Kelby: www.scottkelby.com

Robert Mapplethorpe: www.mapplethorpe.org

Frank Ockenfels: www.fwo3.com

Herb Ritts: www.herbritts.com

Stephen Wilkes: www.stephenwilkes.com

Richard Avedon: www.avedonfoundation.org

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