EE Podcast 005: Dan Ginn Escapes Everything

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This episode is a special double header, as James talks to internationally published street photographer and journalist, Dan Ginn, who earlier this year, packed in his day job and set off to explore Central America. We caught up to discuss his plans the night before he left, and then again on his return, to find out what happened.

Also includes an exclusive first play of “Leave It Behind”, from James’ new EP. Out 19th November on Escape Everything.

Show notes

Part 1:

01:05 - Escaping toxic things
02:25 - The route
03:00 - The tipping point to leave
04:03 - Saving up
05:45 - Plans for the return
07:30 - Itinerary
09:26 - Documenting the ups and downs
11:29 - Good human life is everywhere *
12:20 - Dumb phones
18:10 - Positives and negatives of social media for art
20:40 - Self expression vs technique
24:04 - The medium vs the message
27:20 - The power of limitations
28:20 - Meeting dad for the first time in a decade

Part 2:

42:16 - The trip
44:20 - Daily routine
46:10 - Creative themes and challenges
49:30 - Taboos around taking photos of children
51:55 - Losing psychological barriers
53:18 - Procrastinating and further challenges
57:58 - Winning a travel photo award from the Guardian
01:01:05 - Controversy/benefits of working for free
01:05:00 - Spontaneous Spain trip/The breakup
01:08:05 - Art as therapy
01:09:30 - Putting your emotion into your work
01:11:45 - Back to ‘reality’
01:14:17 - Street photography in Leeds
01:15:46 - Street photography as autobiography
01:17:29 - Looking back at where you came from
01:19:26 - First listen: James Garside - Leave It Behind