From the desk of: Douglas Lyle Thompson
Apr 05, 2016
We started working with photographer Douglas Lyle Thompson a few years ago when he came in to make portfolio books. His colorful travel and lifestyle had us transfixed. Since then we've been keeping an eye on the myriad of commercial projects he's busy creating. We sat down with Douglas to learn more about what makes a successful practice as a photographer and what inspires his work.
What’s on your desk?
Two laptops, (usually) so many hard drives, a sharpee, an iPhone, a coffee
Fill in the blank: "I don't show up at a meeting without _________."
Notepad and a pen
What's on your reading list?
Growth of the Soil - Knut Hamsun
What’s in your bag/always on your person?
Point & shoot film camera, clear eyes eye drops
I'd always... / I'd never...
Speak calmly/Raise my voice
I'd write to... / I would love to get a letter from...
Terrence Malick/Walt Whitman
Would try once... / No, thanks....
Sky diving/Bungee jumping
I'd pay good money for... / Wouldn't take even if free...
Lakers tickets/Clippers tickets
My proudest accomplishment is... / The next goal on the horizon is...
Photographing African elephants for the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust/Having a gallery show with those pictures I recently took in Africa of said elephants
Favorite books... / Can't wait to read...
Any book made by Martin Parr/My (unread) stack of New Yorkers
Subject I won’t shut up about lately... / Subject I avoid...
______ is worth the wait / I have no patience for _____
Good food/Bad service
Skills mastered... / I can't quite get the hang of...
I'm getting better at... / I'm getting worse at...
Contributing time & money/Saving money for my future!!
Describe your personal aesthetic in three words:
Simple, clean, easy
Describe the creative space at your company:
My large kitchen table currently acts as my space. My downstairs office is too cold in the winter. Seasonal creative spaces...
What are your design inspirations?
How does one tap into their creative side?
Let it come to you, don't go to it
What’s the motto/life philosophy/advice you live by?
What is your favorite aspect of the job you do?
Allowing me to work with new people every single job
The paper product I can’t live without is ____ and I use it to _____.
Note pads/run my daily to-do lists
What career moves and/or aspirations brought you to your current role?
I had to be selfish and focus on me and my career
Share an insight on your life or life in general that you’ve discovered:
We as humans need to work harder than ever to save what we've had and bring it to the future generations
When do you feel like you’re at your best?
All smiles and pure confidence (not arrogance)
What is a quote that inspires you:
“When you’re creating your own shit, man, even the sky ain’t the limit.” Miles Davis
How does your brand convey its unique personality?
Just by being honest, passionate, and dedicated
Branding is __________.
Everything. It's me, my work, my logo, my personality, my identity
Describe a typical day at work:
Shoot shoot shoot.
What is the best professional lesson you’ve ever learned?
Collaborating with everyone, from the art director, to the model, to the assistants
What are the most exciting developments in your industry?
Technology and creative explosion
What do you love about what your company brings to its clients?
Dedication and passion
What is the best advice you’ve received recently?
To take it slow and live in the now. Enjoy each project
Tell us about your latest printed project:
I got some beautiful books made. It was such a great moment for me because I had only had sleeved portfolios prior to this and now
What was the inspiration behind this project?
I walked into a meeting with just an iPad and the photo editor suggested I get something a little more substantial
What brought you to Paper Chase Press?
I saw a lot of the other projects online that Paper Chase Press had done and reached out. It was such a pleasure and I can't wait to work on the next one!!
How often do you use printed goods to promote your business?
About once a year. Looking to move that to twice a year.
What's the response like to these printed goods?
How does this project fit into your design philosophy? Your branding? Your overall objectives?
The books are perfect for what I do. For the work I show, for the quality of the product
make your own
Handmade hardcover books starting at $9 each
50 business cards for $20