You do an amazing job at capturing blissful scenarios. What goes through your mind when you’re shooting?
I get to do what I love for a living. I hope that permeates throughout my work.
It seems that you really like to photograph people. Why is that?
I believe every photo needs to have some semblance of a beating heart.
Is there something you don’t like to shoot?
Jobs that don’t pay well!
Do you travel for work or work for travel?
My aim is to strive for both simultaneously. To quote James Michener:
“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he’s always doing both.”
How does Instagram affect your work or does it at all?
At its worst Instagram turns me into a clicky, fad-driven, voyurustic self important robot, but at its best it connects me to a world. It invites me into a community, gives me a myriad of inspiration and influences me from the other side of the globe. It connects me in ways I never imagined an APP could. It makes the world smaller and seem more interesting and beautiful because I get to see it though so many unique eyes.
What do you want your viewers to take away from your images
Something. Anything really, but unfortunately I don’t get to tell them what that is. I do hope that someone will be inspired to quit their job like I did and pursue their true passions.
What is the most incredible place you’ve been to and why?
The United States. In 2013 I went on a year-long 50 state road trip and saw how massive and diverse this land is. It also introduced me to countless selfless gifters and the notion that we’re all neighbors no matter where we reside. It renewed my appreciation for my own backyard.
Isn’t life really kind of amazing? Garret Cornelison gently reminds us of that everyday through his magically uplifting Instagram handle @reallykindofamazing.
By capturing universal moments of happiness, places near and far, and most importantly people being people, he transports viewers into a world where details speak volumes and stories live forever. Born and raised in a small town in the middle of the USA, he learned to appreciate the in betweens in life from an early age, which is why perfect kindness and joy come through so clearly in his work.