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Joel “Bear” Ross & Maggie Ross
Temecula, CA | Denver, CO
Canon 5D Mark III, Mark II & Nikon AW1

It seems that you two collaborate in perfect harmony. Tell us about your relationship with each other and how it helps you both to stay creative. 

Joel Bear Studios is made up of myself (Joel “Bear” Ross) and my wife Maggie Ross who are both professional photographers. We have been married for going on two years and have been best friends from years before that.

How we stay creative together is by first our Faith and living the adventure of life together. Whether it’s surfing, climbing, exploring, backpacking or just having an afternoon at a coffee shop, we are always in the pursuit to inspire and to be inspired by those elements and people around us. To be inspired by life itself. Inspiring people through a narrative has always created adventure in our hearts thus we find such enjoyment in telling stories through our photography. To allow the viewer to take part and feel inspired to be a part of that image, to sit back and dream. This is a big part of our relationship as well, because we are always inspiring one another, pushing each other to the next level of life.

You say that you aspire to tell people’s stories through your work, but we want to know about yours today!

At ten years old my parents sold everything and bought a Jeep and a trailer and we lived across the country. I think this spurred my love for adventure and traveling while also giving me an appreciation for life and people who live and work in America.

After high school I took two years at Calvary Chapel Bible College and met my wife Maggie, whose love for life and the outdoor truly inspired me. Having grown up in Colorado, being in the outdoors is a lifestyle to her. She fell in love with photography when we were married and has been tag-teaming with me ever since. After we met, we completed and graduated early from New York Institute of Photography, and a week later we were married.

We wanted to create a business where we could work and inspire people. Also creating a desire to live life and feel a part and yearn for something bigger is one of our goals. We created Joel Bear Studios in the fall of 2012 and it took about a year to find who we were as photographers. It came about on a trip from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, in our trusty Honda Element. The trip consisted of working and collaborating with other photographers and sharing our adventure with others. From this excursion down the coast, we found that we love to adventure, to work with and alongside brands and companies, and sharing stories.

Tumblr: @joelbearstudios
Website: @joelbearstudios
Instagram: @joelbear

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An Interview with the Former Weekly World News Editor Who Created Bat Boy 

Every supermarket checkout stand in America is boring and prosaic these days. Sure, there’s plenty of news about Lindsay Lohan and Brangelina, but in the 80s and 90s there was an outlet for ridiculous, made-up stories called Weekly World News. Early on, its headlines were just fake enough to not be considered fraud, but just true enough to grab your attention.

They often relied on existing myths and conspiracies, like the lumberjack who kept Bigfoot as a love slave. Sometimes they would co-opt religious imagery, as when a giant Jesus went all Godzilla on the UN. But nothing had the staying power of Bat Boy.

Bat Boy was easily the paper’s greatest contribution to pop culture. According to a Washington Post article titled ”All the News That Seemed Unfit to Print,” the writer Bob Lind was inspired to write the headline “Bat Child Found in Cave” when he saw an image that artist Dick Kulpa had created almost by accident. But the Post didn’t talk to Kulpa about what was in his head when he accidentally birthed part of America’s cultural imagination. So I did.

I wanted to know why he inserted this ghoul into the nightmares of every American who shopped for groceries in the late 20th century. Instead of a feisty old retired yellow journalist, he turned out to be a friendly cartoonist who still occasionally puts Bat Boy into his work. He did have some choice words for The Onion, though.

VICE: Hi, Dick. How did you get a job at Weekly World News?
Dick Kulpa: I started out as a freelance illustrator working long distance from Akron, Illinois, and I produced drawings for these guys. Nine artists were in contention for this, and they all fell by the wayside. I did something like 85 drawings over the course of a year, many of them with under 24 hours notice. When they discovered I could write headlines, I was invited to try out for the staff, and I did, and within two days I was hired full-time. 

What were your contributions, other than Bat Boy?
My natural capabilities are in story editing and editorial. I used that throughout my life as my tool to express myself. But there’s a difference between artists and editorial artists. I used to rewrite scripts sent to me by comics magazines years ago, and it was something because I had to pop up the punch lines, etc, and make it so a reader, when they read it, gets a payoff. That was my calling, basically. I could come up with all sorts of story ideas of this nature, and did. That was my value. Those people on that staff were top-notch people.

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From the pages of the latest @ShortList magazine: David Gandy - ambassador for Savile Row. His intense sapphire blue eyes stare out from behind a white screen, drawing you in, compelling you to turn the page and view the next photo. Appearing in the September 2014 Autumn/Winter issue of ShortList Mode magazine, David is photographed by Richard Stow, hair styled by Larry King. Shown in a striking set of images, both black & white and color, David wears attire by several different designers, including a black Henley t-shirt from his own ‘David Gandy for Autograph’ range. Read the full article here: http://www.shortlist.com/style/david-gandy-model-of-a-man. Purchase items from the ‘David Gandy for Autograph’ line here: http://goo.gl/KgmTMA

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/ DAS GESPINST NR. IV /

finally my printed edition of 'Das Gespinst' arrived. this awesome magazine contains a cut-up narrative with all artists featured, except the stunning prologue by Martin tom Dieck and the epilogue by Stefano Ricci.

wow, appearing between those two giants is amazing!
you find the artist names in the caption.

i contributed the series ‘tränenwege’
you find the whole series and the conceptual approach — here

thanks Jonathan Kröll for inviting me — check his tumblr

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