#150 Mark Gong

Mark Gong x Michael Donovan, Los Angeles, CA / 2019

Mark Gong x Michael Donovan, Los Angeles, CA / 2019

Mark and I originally met in 2008 when we both moved to New York City to pursue photography following the Great Recession. Mark currently lives in Shanghai. We reconnect in LA to discuss NY, China, LA, Photography, Creativity and everything else we could cram in to 90 minutes.

Recorded Monday, August 19, 2019 in Downtown Los Angeles.

Mark on Instagram


#149 Brad Gregory

Brad Gregory by Michael Donovan, Venice CA / 2019

Brad Gregory by Michael Donovan, Venice CA / 2019

Brad is a NYC based photographer who has built a visual world of chill. Photos of skateboarders, surfers, and a eternal laid back life fill up his portfolio. He’s also one of my good friends… and one of the few photographers I can talk about gear/photography with for hours.

We hung out at his AirBnB and talked everything photography.

Brad on Instagram and Tumblr

This episode was recorded Sunday July 21st, 2019 in Venice, CA.


#146 Yoshino


Yoshino is a Photographer based out of Los Angeles, CA. In 2015 he started Artist Decoded as a way to connect with other artists and to share their stories with people around the world. He is also the co-founder of LA based art collective, NOH/WAVE.

Recorded Monday, June 25th, 2019 in Downtown Los Angeles, CA

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#145 Ashley Olah


Ashley is a photographer with a tight style that is fast, wicked, and grabbing. I was introduced to Ashley’s work through our mutual friend, Rachael. Based in LA, Ashley is exploring her early years of photography. We talk about art, photography, business, fear, culture and cats.

Recorded Monday, Feb 18, 2019 in Encino, CA

Ashley’s Instagram: @ashleydarianolah

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#118 Driely Carter


Driely and I have been told that we would get along because we are angry. We're angry?! 

Driely is a photographer also fascinated with anarchy and disruption of power. We hang and chat about our mutual experiences with authority as well as her experience on photographing Kanye, Standing Rock, and more. - Recorded in Brooklyn, NY

Check out her site and follow her on her instagram


#115 Elizaveta Porodina


A psychologist turned photographer, Eliza Porodina now creates beautiful surreal images. Together we explore the balance of love and the critic with art; discover aspects of the meta level of the mind; the artificial intelligence; the human soul; death, schizophrenia; stupid shit photographers say, and more. - Recorded in Brooklyn, NY

Look at Elizaveta's work or follow her on instagram


#102 Tim Barber


Tim Barber is a photographer, curator and designer in NYC. Barber worked as the photo editor for Vice Magazine (2003-2005) and founded the online gallery and image archive tinyvices.com (2005-2012), which was released as a free App (2010) and evolved into time-and-space.tv (2013-2016), a curated community platform for artists. Barber co-curated the inaugural New York Photo Festival (2008), curated / edited a series of five monographs published by the Aperture Foundation (2008) and launched the independent publishing house TV Books (2008-2010).

Ideas expressed in this episode:

• Art being able to communicate messages that words can't describe
• Creating, manifesting, capturing, hunting for... "IT"
• The podcast highlighting todays "unsung heroes". These artists have the potential to eventually become "cult classics".
• Our job as an artist is to translate experiences and to share them with the world
• Different levels of dimensions and consciousness
• Virtual reality becoming a part of reality
• Living with love and fear in our lives. Creating a no fear zone
• Becoming Photo Editor for Vice
• Conversations becoming artworks within themselves
• Trying to live within a non-consumerist way of life
• The art world being a vast sea of hits and misses. Being both deep and shallow.
• Our relationship with our own truths and universal truths


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#57 Josh Wool


It's easy to get caught up with the politics of our industries and local culture when you're working under pressure. As creatives, sometimes we need to have heart to hearts with ourselves and our community to get unstuck and bring our work forward, talking about our personal taboo's that have plagued our minds. Today I sit down with Josh Wool at his place in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Josh is a portrait photographer focused on tintype shooting both "regular people" and models. Today we gab about 
  • Looking at life outside the rat race
  • Working with antiquated materials in a digital world
  • Feeding stereotypes and breaking free of uncreative cliche’s
  • Stop lying to your audience and yourself with your image
  • Grow your work through sharing your secrets
  • The need for quality artists with their own voice
  • Connecting with your subjects and cutting out distractions
  • The aesthetics of aging
  • Working beyond fear by working with people who connect
  • Aging
  • Advice for commercial clients working with the connection-centric artists
  • Soul of art

Visit josh on his site: JoshWool.com


#53 Brandon Stanton (Humans of New York)


Through documenting Humans of New York (HONY), Brandon Stranton has created a blog showcasing the people in Gotham and the stories that have shaped their lives. While his work started as a simple photographic essay of colorfully dressed people he found on the street, it eventually morph into an intimate digest of accounts shared by the people he was photographing. Over time Brandon began to extract and broadcast their stories of deeper feelings and instances of transition mixed with candid humor. Eventually these stories shaped an online community of 13+ million followers which continues to share their collective thoughts and emotions regarding the subjects and their matter. 

Today Brandon and I sit down to talk about the world we live in: a place where, once warmed up, people are more comfortable to talk about personal matters with a stranger than they are with their loved ones. Today's show discusses:

  • Creating HONY through good stories

  • The effects of interviewing 10,000 people

  • Working to find the individual story of each person through presence

  • The Key to life is…

  • Keeping it grounded beyond your worldview

  • Is Brandon a Reptilian Overlord?

  • Working beyond definition

  • Being a New Yorker with a larger-than-life project

  • Approaching strangers and cutting through

  • Broadcasting to strangers vs connecting with the people closest to us

  • Changing with friends

  • Sincere connection with each other

  • Manifesting your dreams for control and freedom

  • Living in the work is the reward

  • Let go of monetary concerns to get power in your life

  • The worlds dumbest question

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#45 Matt Baron


Today's guest, Matt Baron, is an extremely talented visual artist. For the last five years, matt has been busting his ass to get his vision out to the world. His strong light play, amazing color, and great storylines build an exciting world which eventually led him to work alongside the worlds greatest fashion photographers. Matt's excessive hard work and eye for directing has brought in clients such as Alexander Wang, Calvin Klein, Madonna, Giorgio Armani, Fendi, and others. We get in to a conversation of film vs photography, directing, working with brands, aesthetics and more. 

VISIT MATT's SITE: baron-films.com


#34 Jonathan Waiter


Jonathan returns to the podcast for his second episode.  Jonathan is a photographer and artist living in NY and fighting a battle with Lymphoma Cancer that has lasted almost 3 years. Tonight we discuss his current condition, cancer, life, hallucinations, pain, ego, art, creating with purpose, inspiration, and much more. Tonights podcast was recorded live at Mt. Sinai Hospital on January 3rd, 2015.

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#28: Sigurd Widenfalk


Swedish retoucher, photographer, and emerging fashion film director, Sigurd Widenfalk, comes in to the city to humble me through sharing his heart and mind! Tonight we talk about finding your guru, overcoming fears, the fashion industry, art, advertising, looking for the 360 senses, and finding utopia. 



#24: Kieran Kesner


Kieran Kesner is a photojournalist returning from a trip covering Ukraine and the ebola crisis in Liberia. Kieran graciously gives us his first hand experience if working and shooting Ebola victims in Liberia, connecting with the burial crews and doctors, the social ramifications, war, the photographers nature to disregard personal safety to get the shot, the media and so much more! 



#23: Abdul Kircher


Super talented underground photographer Abdul Kircher stops by shortly after his 18th birthday. Abdul shares his coming of age experiences while shooting between NYC and Berlin, working with the overlooked people in our society including the homeless, elderly, disabled, prostitutes, transvestites, drug dealers, and more. Prepare yourself for a special spirit with a huge heart!