feature image: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada For me to successfully shoot and capture what I want, I must continue moving, listening and watching. Shanghai, China My Photography I enjoy shooting simple, beautiful moments fueled by motion and emotion. I am based in Los Angeles and live with my wife Natalie who is amazingly supportive of my work. We lived in Brooklyn for a moment, but came back to the land of roaring waves, sunshine, and ultra-insane people who talk to their shadows and/or are actors trying to make it. I love places like Colorado, New Orleans, the Dominican Republic, and my hometown in Pennsylvania, and I love to travel. Outside Vail, Colorado Petra, Jordan My favorite compliment is that my work looks old and new at the same time. To have lived in the 1950’s or 1960’s would have been a world I imagine I would have liked, so through my photography I aim to capture this old feel, but in our modern world. Baja, Mexico Right now I am all about shooting everything I see and having one camera on me at all times, sometimes two. I have trouble with phone photos. Not sure why, but the “phoney photos” I take just come out missing a pulse. If I had to guess I’d say it has to do with the phone, mine is called the “my touch.” Soweto, South Africa Equipment I shoot on 35mm and medium format film and also with a Canon 5D. Squamish, British Colombia Photography and Place A photographer’s “place,” where you end up when traveling through or living and working in a spot, dictates how a photograph is shaped. For me to successfully shoot and capture what I want, I must continue moving, listening and watching. I have never been able to understand how studio photographers can work, and yet I am always impressed by them – but for me that would be instant death. Recently I’ve been lucky to travel on assignment to China, Seattle, New York and South Africa. In all of these places a huge impact on my photography comes from the people I meet along the way. I like to get a serious groove when shooting, almost like a trance where I am 100% confident that I am covering everything at the highest quality possible. Yet, the ability to stay hungry for more always drives me to the next shot. Shanghai, China Los Angeles, California Lessons from the road In order to get the shot you have in your head you must be prepared. But prepared is a very broad word. As a photographer intending to get the best shot possible I need to make sure I have more than one camera on me in case the other fails. I need to have extra batteries, film, cards, a flash, more, more, more! I need all of these things, but I hate to carry a jumble of gear, so I try to keep it pared down as much as possible. Southern Israel Soweto, South Africa I’ve also learned over the years that a big smile can bring in amazing results. A favorite one-liner of mine customarily delivered with a wide grin comes to mind: “It’s a beautiful evening, isn’t it?” I’ve witnessed my cousin Keith using this trick to pass many an obstacle. Typically in this situation the person denying access of my much-needed shot (possibly a security guard or just a plain old dick) answers your question, sometimes with a bewildered smile of his own and often looking up to the stars as if to say “yes it sure is a nice evening.” At this juncture either the ice is broken and mutual friendliness is achieved, (high fives all around!). Or you take the photo when they look up to the sky and then you RUN FOR IT. South Korea Shanghai, China 4 Responses Rob Kalmbach April 11, 2013 NEW WORK HERE, check out Outdoor Minded Mag. Awesome job Lauren! Stella Springsteen April 11, 2013 Rob. This is amazing! So proud of you!! Liz Leaming Gallagher April 11, 2013 Rob-these are truly beauiful! Awsome work! Hope all else is well-hugs to Nat! Deb Kalmbach April 17, 2013 Rob, you are incredibly gifted. Thanks for sending your awesome work!