84 - Photographer Of Elusive Things with Chris Ratzlaff

Hello and welcome to the 84th episode of The Spark & The Art creativity podcast. Thank you for subscribing to our weekly podcast, where we alternate between interviews with creative folks from all different career levels and insight and inspiration episodes. All with the intention you’ll get the inspiration you need to get your creative projects started and, more importantly, finished.

I’m your host Tucker and this week is an interview with photographer, storm chaser Chris Ratzlaff. Chris talks about his various career paths including industrial design, user experience design and product management. But through all that he’s had other interests and ideas that intrigued him. This includes photography, weather patterns and people.  

I think Chris is a great example of someone using all their interests and skills to be fully creative. Chris talks about his path from designer to product manager. He also talks about his longtime interest in weather phenomena and relatively recent interest in photography and how he combined the two into his stunning series of aurora and storm photos. Experimenting with some video and bubble solution in a Canadian winter lead to one of his videos garnering over a million views across dozens of sites after it hit the front page of Reddit. We also talk about how his creative endeavours can play out within the family. 

I’m a Canadian so all temperatures mentioned in this episode are in Celsius. So for all my non-celsius listeners for a little comparison:

 -10C is 14F. - 20C is -4F.  And -40C is just -40F apparently at some point really cold is just really cold.

That’s enough of me describing the episode so here is today’s chat with Chris Ratzlaff. 

If you know someone who’s having a little trouble finding that one true passion please share this episode with them and maybe they’ll see that maybe they can combine a few of their interests into one passion. The easiest way to share is to use the short url for this episode TheSparkAndTheArt.com/84 That link will also take you to the show notes page where we list the links for the websites and people mentioned in today’s show. 

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A Podcast for Big-Hearted Creative Folks - Yes, there are lots of podcasts for business folks and startups and even podcasts for podcasters. But what about the Big-Hearted Creative kind of people? Well, welcome home. I especially love his thoughts on getting started. Well Done. 

Thanks Tony I really appreciate it and for everyone of you who listens to the show thank you too. It makes sitting talking into a microphone in the guest room all the more worthwhile. 

Do you have a story about how you combined a few interests into one mighty interest? I’d love to hear about it. Get me on twitter @sparkartpodcast.

Thanks for listening and remember: you won’t get the art without the work and you won’t do the work without the spark. 


Links for this episode

Chaser Con Canada - http://www.chaserconcanada.ca

Reid Timmer - https://www.facebook.com/ReedTimmerTVN/

Reddit - https://www.reddit.com

Frozen Bubbles - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIxIys1ABIGO1h-LU9cLUEA

Nerdist - http://nerdist.com/freezing-soap-bubbles-are-magical-orbs-of-awesome/

IFLS (I Fucking Love Science) - https://www.facebook.com/IFeakingLoveScience

Adam Savage Twitter - https://twitter.com/ratzlaff/status/661295180083933184

CBC - http://www.cbc.ca/