Artist in Residence, Cory Vanderploeg, has seemingly been everywhere. From North America to South America, the photographer has shot everything from short films to campaigns. We sat down with the globetrotter to find out about what makes touring the world important and intriguing as a photographer. See our conversation below.
Cory, where exactly have you been?
In the last year, I’ve been in London, New York, Chicago, Montreal, Nicaragua, Miami, and LA.
What were you up to?
London: I shot a short film with Liam Fay Fright to do the festival circuit
New York: I shot a campaign for Dee and Ricky and Freshtrain, and I met up with PLATON
Montreal: I shot a video for Volkswagen/the 24 Hour Ski at Mont-Tremblant
Nicaragua: I visited Central America and shot a creative as well as a lifestyle video for Maderas Village
Miami/LA: I did a creative shoot.
What inspired you to globe trot? Is there something you enjoy more about those projects than projects based at home?
I love new places, and the new experiences that come with being on the road. I like shooting outside of Toronto to make my book/portfolio more rounded, rather than just Canadian-based content. I want my book or portfolio to show I’ve travelled the world and can shoot anywhere.
I also like to test with agencies anywhere I travel, it gives me something to do–meet new people, show new work, get my name out there.
Do you learn different things in such situations? What’s the creative payoff of a different location?
Being able to adapt to my surroundings is always a good skill to have. I like being able to be thrown into a location I’ve never been in, and shoot like I have been there a thousand times.
What influences your creativity most when you’re in an unfamiliar place?
The different surroundings. I just like being able to shoot wherever I am. I like the idea of a ‘non-location’ location. It looks different but you don’t know exactly where it is. A good example is in Nicaragua, you can see a difference through the bright colours and textures, but you can’t pinpoint from a photo that it was taken in Nicaragua.
What’s next on your travel itinerary?
Europe. I loved Paris when I was there last. I want to go there for a longer period of time, at least a month, and test and just work on personal work there. It’s always time for Paris.
As a photographer, how would you define yourself now, and how do you hope to define yourself in 5 years?
Now: inexperienced. In 5 years: a little bit more experienced. Honestly, in 5 years I hope that my work right now is not even viewable. I plan to progress at lightening speed.
See more from Cory Vanderploeg, here.
All photos by Cory Vanderploeg.