My name is Griffin Lamb and I am a freelance photographer based out of Seattle, WA. I am 19 years of age, and have lived in the Pacific Northwest all of my life. From a young age, I have loved nature and the outdoors. Aside from photography, I am a student at Seattle Pacific University, studying Political Science and Theology with the hopes of one day working for a non-profit like World Vision.
Why do you create?
I create to tell a story and bring people into that story. Most people don’t have the luxury of living in a place as accessible to the outdoors as Seattle, so for me, my mission is to capture photographs that make people feel like they are on the journey with me.
What do you think of your work?
I am probably my own worst critic when it comes to my work, but I think that is the case with most creatives. Right now though, I am so encouraged by what I have been able to accomplish. I only started taking photographs about a year and a half ago, so I am still very new to the game. But I have developed a unique style in how I edit and am finally capturing moments that mean something to me. That is truly all that I can expect from myself at this point.
At what point did you realize that you wanted to start creating?
As I said earlier, I have only been taking photographs for about a year and half now, but I think the moment that I realized that creating was something that I was called to do was when I went on a road trip to Yosemite this past summer. On the first night that I was there, my friend and I caught the sunset at Taft Point. It was the most beautiful sunset that I have ever seen (and probably the most beautiful that I will ever see). It was in that moment that I realized photography is something that I will be passionate about until the day I die.
What is your favorite piece or series that you have done?
That is a tough one. If I had to pick one favorite, it would be a photograph that I took while at Moraine Lake in Alberta, Canada. I woke up for sunrise and stumbled upon an empty dock with a silver canoe floating in the water. The water was as calm as glass, and the reflection of the mountains in the distance was crystal-clear. I knelt down real low, framing the silver canoe in the center of my shot. I will never forget that day. And I am so glad that I have a picture to always look back on it.
Who/what are you inspired by?
There are a lot of photographers that inspire me on a daily basis. A few that come to mind are Alex Strohl, Finn Beales, Joe Greer, Cory Crawford and Samuel Elkins. From landscapes to portraits, all of these photographers push me to get better on a daily basis.
What (if anything) do you want your work to accomplish?
If my work accomplishes anything, my hope is that it inspires others to explore their surroundings and get outside more. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
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