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Derrick Senior

My father was a passionate artist who loved photography and introduced his love of creativity to me and my siblings when we were quite young. My mother at 86 is a creative fireball who stays fully engaged in creating new business and design projects.

Much of the success I have enjoyed was due to this infectious approach to living. My father used to tell us often that he found sleeping an inconvenience that prevented him from using his creative energies every moment of the day. I have spent most of my life building and managing my own businesses, always as a creative expression involving others.

I first became enamored with cutting-edge approaches to creating imagery 12 years ago through a dance photography workshop I attended in New York, taught by Lois Greenfield. Since then, I have continued to leverage technology and collaborative approaches towards creating unique imagery, especially involving high-speed movement.

My best work assumes any talent is fully engaged in the creative process. This is enhanced by positioning myself near them for the duration of any shoot. I then rely on remote triggers to take footage and a wireless system to review this footage together on a computer screen in real time.

Working with a passionate, motivated co-creator is critical, in my opinion, to a unique outcome. All of this actually helps them relax, bring out their best, and iterate towards co-creating something that defines the moment. It can sometimes take many hours to create one image.

I was honored to have received three editor’s choice awards on 500px over the last few years and see several of my videos based on these shoots shared by viewers worldwide.

Regardless of the modality, I am determined to create something unique every day, build community and pass on any lessons learned to others.

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  • Burlington, Vermont, United States