Creative Mojo, Change Your Life, Make a Difference — Chris Jordan #cjLIVE Rewatch

Few people that I know who have ever encountered photographer Chris Jordan’s work can dismiss or forget it, let alone NOT be inspired to action. Here’s a re-watch of this TRULY inspiring chasejarvisLIVE episode with the eye-opening Mr. Chris Jordan.

Wondering about how to leave your safe job and become a photographer?
Want to get out from under that blanket of creative & professional fear?
Want a cause-based vision for your photography?
Want to make a difference?

Jordan tells it like it is. He’s got gallery shows, museum gigs, speaking gigs, documentary films, and this guy moves the world to action – all from a humble, hardworking place. Spread the word about the re-watch and have a great weekend.

We’re all in this together.

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45 Responses to Creative Mojo, Change Your Life, Make a Difference — Chris Jordan #cjLIVE Rewatch

  1. DanielKphoto September 23, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    Was a very interesting show! Glad I watched it live :)

  2. Szabi September 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    As I said it already on twitter and also on youtube, this interview is without a doubt the best #cjlive episode EVER. Tim Ferriss wasn’t bad either, but this is just in a whole other league. Chris Jordan is one of the most amazing guys I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to. Thanks again for sharing this. Truly special.

  3. fas September 24, 2011 at 5:45 am #

    I think one can make a difference even widout changing!

  4. Dharuma September 24, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    Wow! What a mind-flood of thought-provoking statements, valuable lessons and inspiring work. The best interview bar none that I’ve seen for a very long time and a big ‘thank you’ to Chase Jarvis for making it happen; truly a catalyst for the power of creativity.

  5. Jari September 24, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    Chase, you are doing priceless job in inspiring and encouraging the global photog community! Thank you so much for that. In this remarkable interview I think I saw something about my future self. Truly inspirational. Oh.

  6. Scott September 24, 2011 at 7:18 pm #


    First, fantastic work. It was incredibly thought provoking, and certainly made me aware of how far I’ve personally diverged from one of my past selves – the one that was aware of and really cared about issues of this nature. In fact, it’s pretty embarrassing to think about how much a “safe” life has dragged me away from these things. It hit a sore spot (in a good way) to say the least.

    That said, there was one thing that was not addressed, although I really hoped that you would touch on it. That is the issue is how a photographer (or photography/videography/art in general) fits into the issues Chris’ work draws attention to. Photography, while an act of creating is also an act of consumption, and I think that it’s quite interesting to consider that in bringing these sorts of issues to the world, at least a few bit of plastic had to enter the ecosystem at one time or another, through camera manufacture & shipping, or whatever. I won’t enumerate for the sake of keeping this reply a reasonable length, but here are a couple of examples relevant to this particular production:

    - The technology involved. In 18 months, I’d be willing to bet that the vast majority of the gear used to make this episode will be out of rotation, having been replaced by something newer and better. Unfortunately, but necessary to stay relevant in a commercial environment. Chris has discussed heaps of discarded bags and phones, but what about piles of DSLRs?

    - The impact of repeated travel to the Midway Atoll. Lots of fuel, plastic airline cups, etc.

    So my question to both of you and Chris is how do you feel about your respective roles as both consumers and creators? Are there any particular measures that you’re taking – outside of generating awareness, of course – to reduce the material/environmental impact of pursuing your art? Burtynsky touches on this in Manufactured Landscapes, but didn’t really draw any conclusions. I would be really interested to hear either or your perspectives on this, as it’s something that I struggle with every time I make a print, or buy a new piece of tech.

    Keep up the Amazing work!

  7. Micha September 25, 2011 at 4:12 am #

    This was an amazing interview on so many levels. Thanks to both of you.

  8. Moritz September 27, 2011 at 3:38 am #

    amazing interview and truly inspiring. chris has some amazing work even though so different from many others… i think his images are often very shocking yet amazing.
    thanks as always for sharing

    and follow my blog

  9. Cheryl-Samantha Owen September 30, 2011 at 2:23 am #

    Asante sana (thank you) for posting your talk with Chris Jordan. I am sitting in the middle of Tanzania working on a conservation photography project and it is so inspiring to be able to connect with you and photographers across the planet through your blog.

  10. krystle September 30, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    wow, amazing and so inspiring. thank you for this

  11. Peter October 4, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    Great stuff. Thanks for that interview. Last few moments of the interview are like almost direct quotes (I assume by accident) from “Notes From The Tilt-a-Whirl” a book by an old classmate and friend of mine. Look it up, it’s all about that wonder, and getting us to wake up to the world around us.

  12. James Wood - United By Photography October 4, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    Great interview really useful information, it really does show the importance of what experience can teach you and how it raises your game that much more.

  13. Phil Stefans October 8, 2011 at 6:31 am #

    Awesome…love seeing something that makes you look at things from a different perspective…great work…

  14. di October 19, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    Thank you…

  15. chris October 25, 2011 at 12:24 am #

    “i don’t work anymore, but i never stop working”

    inspiration right there! working doing exactly what he loves, he doesn’t even notice he’s working. legend

  16. hien October 27, 2011 at 1:15 am #

    thank you very much

  17. diala chinedu November 28, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    Hey Chase, on the first line of the article, i think you meant to write “Can’t”…for example “Few people that I know who have ever encountered photographer Chris Jordan’s work can dismiss or forget it” …

  18. Hugo Romano March 10, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    I can completely relate to the last few words from Chris. Recently, I had a very similar epiphany but while exploring a subject in science that I am passionate about, astronomy. I was specifically looking at how supernova occur and because of these cataclysmic events expelling the very elements we are made of, we could have never existed. This combination of elements, temperature and location a characteristic unique for thousands of light years (as much as we know) has created us…what are the chances!? Exactly how Chris put it, I do not see a reason why not to live life to the fullest or confront our fears.


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    t really does show the importance of what experience can teach you and how it raises your game that much more

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    Hello, everybody! I want to agree that Chris Jordan is a remarkable photographer! His works inspired me to change my life, they are so strong and sincere. I think he sees the world not in the way the other people do, that’s why his pictures are so attractive.

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    THE BEST OF ALL. Man, this is so where I am right now, at the start I mean. So intense to feel what he means and tries to tell.
    It’s when coincidences transform into miracles and you just see how life is unfolding from a place that just knows where to send you. Thanks for posting this.

  23. Dennis Katinas October 26, 2012 at 4:42 am #

    Man, this is so inspiring, this guy is a master. Both of you are masters. Thanks again, this is life changing!

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