George Armstrong George Armstrong

Bio

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Let's start this like you would a conversation over a cortado (small espresso drink). Climbing, photography, jazz, and road cycling are all pretty fun. These are the things I do the most. I'd like to get into randoneering soon though. I have a Brooks saddle on my commuter bike and I recently learned that my grandpa rode the famed Lands End to John o' Groats ride twice in the 40s with the same B17. I’ve gotta do that. Those are a few important things to know about me.

Also important to know...although, I have more of a background in studio work, I believe journalistic photo essays mixing environmental portraits and studio portraits produced on location yield the most impactful work. Likewise, these days I find myself viewing a studio as a lab to experiment with lighting and surrealism, but on location..that's where the core work is done. I frequently create makeshift field studios on location, and continually try to find the middle of the venn diagram between studio and location work. Once I lug all that stuff out there, I like to pair photography with something else to create a meaningful message. Recently, I've become interested in utilizing photography to communicate diversity amongst outdoor recreationalists, a demographic that has historically lacked diversity. In July 2018, I competed a photo essay titled "Diversity In A Criterium" which documented and celebrated diversity amongst cyclists at a major criterium race on the streets of Chicago, IL.

I made high school hard for myself and worked to earn an International Baccalaureate diploma as part of a rigorous program that emphasized intercultural understanding and global citizenship. I graduated Indiana University in 2017, and still regret that I did not ride in Little 5. My grandparents lived in Africa, and since I was a wee lad I heard stories about their adventures and the wonderful people they encountered, so naturally I've always had an interest in Anthropology and Geography. That's what two of my bachelors degrees are in. While studying Geography I specialized in climate change and sustainable energy. I see photography as a medium that can uniquley accompany traditional, written research. Soon I want to begin a Ph.D program in Visual Anthropology, an emerging subfield of Anthropology that heavily utilizes photography to communicate field research focused on ecological conservation and climate change.

In the coming months I'm working on projects about climate change on a big volcano in Mexico (tabled due to injuries from a bad fall during a training ride), mountaineering history, exotic pet ownership with grizzly bears, my favorite jazz musicians, academic researchers who do some pretty innovative work, and conservationists whom I greatly admire. Reach out if you are interested in collaborating or assisting. We'll probably go see some jazz afterwards.  

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