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Jim Golden

Photographer & Director

Portland, OR and the world



Q: What song do you play on repeat?

A: John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme."

Q: What's the best way to start the day?

A: NYT crossword and coffee.

Q: What mystery do you wish you knew the answer to?


Q: What are some things you had to unlearn?

A: I can't do it all and eventually you have to cede some control in order to grow.

Q: What fictional place would you most like to go?

A: Tatooine...But I've been to the Oregon dunes and that's pretty close.

Q: What book impacted you the most?

A: Photo: In the American West by Richard Avedon, Non-photo: The Dreamt Land - by Mark Arax.

Q: What risks are worth taking?

A: Creative, certainly, you might fail, but you'll probably stumble upon something else.

Q: What do you spend the most time thinking about?

A: How to be outside more, what haven't I photographed on black? - ha : )

Q: Best and worst advice you've ever received.

A: Best - Keep overhead low and invest in real estate. Worst - getting too niched.

Q: How has your work evolved over the past few years?

A: More creative input from earlier in the process...certainly a double-edged sword though. Making more time for artwork and personal work, and this was before the pandemic.

Q: One thing you can't show up to a shoot without - Besides a camera ;)

A: My koozie for all that ice cold sparkling water.


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