Trey Ratcliff is an artist on a somewhat quixotic mission to help spread consciousness and mindfulness to the world through photography and creativity. Running the #1 travel photography blog in the world, StuckInCustoms.com, has taken him to all seven continents over the past decade, and Google has tracked more than 140 billion views of his photos, all while building a social media presence with over 5 million followers.
Chris Anderson from TED called him a “pioneer” of the now ubiquitous genre of High Dynamic Range photography. Ratcliff had the first HDR photograph to hang in the Smithsonian Museum and, sales of his large-format limited edition prints to fine art collectors worldwide have grown into a multimillion-dollar business. In 2012, he moved his family and photography business to Queenstown, New Zealand, before it became a trendy doomsday contingency plan. He is based there with his wife, three children, and their dog, Blueberry.
2:18 Trey introduces himself and what he does.
3:45 Trey discusses the background of his new book came about and why he decided to write it.
7:53 Influencer hollowness, identity crises and personal growth.
13:23 How big is influencer fraud? Is Instagram complacent or complicit?
15:31 If Instagram is the economy and engagement is the currency what do we do when a lot of the currency is fake?
21:21 How do we get back to the early days of social media when it was a positive and optimistic place?
23:50 Psychedelics for mental health and emotional trauma.
28:50 Narcissism and higher consciousness. The conflicting effects of social media
31:23 Trey’s journey into photography and mindfulness.
32:34 Are there still opportunities for budding photographers in the era where everyone has a camera?
38:45 Trey’s favorite city, meal and quote.
39:22 The one book Trey recommends everyone should read.
Resources/people/articles mentioned in the podcast
Trey’s blog Stuck In Customs
Under the Influence – How to Fake Your Way into Getting Rich on Instagram: Influencer Fraud, Selfies, Anxiety, Ego, and Mass Delusional Behavior (Amazon)
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