Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. — Eleanor Roosevelt

You won’t find me discussing people. I grew up among the diverse people of Inwood, a neighborhood in Manhattan. Washington Heights put me among all kinds of minds and activities. This influenced all aspects of my work, from shaping a film to brainstorming with collaborators on iPhone apps. I am Christopher Camp.

In high school, like most teenagers I fell in love with music. I wanted to make music and live music. I conjured up a home studio using Windows 95 and my bathroom to record myself and friends. It was the beginning of my love for gear and audio. Towards the end of high school I received a baseball scholarship to a division 1 college but decided to pursue audio instead. I studied the mathematics of audio and the physics of sound. This introduced me to many new musical artists and prompted the purchase of my first video camera. I felt the urge to document what I was seeing and hearing. Like most things I pick up, I wanted to master it’s craft. I began teaching myself everything there was to know about video.

Creating music videos was my first progression into telling a story. I began studying what I liked about all my favorite music videos from the 90’s. The creativity and craftsmanship of those music videos still holds up today. Armed with a small SONY SR-12 camera and a 35mm lens adapter I shot my first music video, Wonder Wheel, deep in Coney Island. The response garnered a long list of music artists requesting my camera-work.

I shot my first film in 2009 documenting a group of artists as they traveled from New York City to North Carolina for a performance. Telling a story with moving images was such a rewarding experience that I went back to all the films I loved growing up to find out who shot them. Rodrigo Prieto (ASC, AMC), José Luis Alcaine, and Roger Deakins were the names I kept coming across. This was a whole new world and I began studying the art of cinematography.

Studying cinematography injected me into the world of still photography. How could it not? I began carrying an SLR around with me at all times. It forces you to look at the world from different perspectives. You find appreciation for things you never experienced. You view light in a new light. Becoming a photographer forces you to grow as a person. You see new perspectives, new appreciation, and new light.

Unfortunately all of this was just a hobby that didn’t pay bills. I was able to hold a day job editing Grammy winning audiobooks such as Harry Potter as well as The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama for Audible.com and Random House. This unique background makes me who I am and I offer this through my work. Feel free to take a look at my portfolio. I enjoy working with all kinds of people.

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