We had the good fortune of connecting with Chris Peacor and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Chris, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
There are two principles I live by. First: elevate those around you. Every truly successful person I have ever met, got there with the help of other successful people. Whether actively or passively. Second: empathy. It’s more of a trait than a value. But if you are mindful of how other people feel, and treat them with respect and kindness, the rewards are immeasurable for everyone involved.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I was very lucky to attend a middle school where I had classes like black and white photography, and color photography. I learned to develop film, and all about the exposure triangle. So I knew the basics early on, but much like a typist understands a computer, I had no comprehension of how to make “art”. I received my first camera as a high school graduation gift, from my parents. That was many more years ago than I care to mention. I used it recreationally for a while. But with no specific intent or knowledge of composition. By pure coincidence I registered for a “film as literature” class in college. It sounded like a fun way to get an English lit credit. We watched classic films, from Hitchcock, to Howard Hawks and everything in between. We broke down scenes frame by frame and wrote about camera angles, focal lengths, lighting and composition. It was the first time I’d understood why a scene made me feel the way it did. After college I continued to take a few photos here and there, but thought about it in a completely different way. After an unrelated career in education, and then moving back east to work in Information Technology, I returned to the west. At that time, as I had dreamed of for so long, began to take my photography seriously. Because of my exposure (pun unintended) to cinema in college, film had become a lifelong obsession. My work is absolutely inspired by classic films, and the story that is told without dialogue. Building this business has been incredibly challenging, but I have met the most amazing and generous people along the way. Of course, when covid hit, it was a crushing blow. There far fewer of us than there were even six months ago.

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
My loves are photography, motorcycles and the outdoors. I would definitely go for a motorcycle trip to any of our incredible national parks. Endless amounts of hiking, campfires, locally owned eateries with vegan options, and sunsets galore.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have been incredibly fortunate to have amazing friends, family, teachers, and collaborators over the years That have supported and inspired me. But I quite literally would not be here today if it weren’t for the doctors and nurses at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, who saved my life in 2016.

Website: https://www.chrispeacor.com/
Instagram: @chrispeacor @recreationers

Image Credits
Photographer: Chris Peacor Models Instagram: @_hailey_halo, @sammetli, @kiarayuridia_, @bita_erika, @kylavolino, @courtneyknill, @nikkimarie_21

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