We had the good fortune of connecting with Bo Bridges and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bo, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“Fear the Life Unlived”. I’ve been fortunate to travel around the world with my work. And for me, my work blends nicely with my lifestyle. I enjoy being outdoors and I love adventure and sports. So I set out a long time ago to try to pair all of my loves in life with my “work.” And I want to experience whatever it is I’m doing. I want to absorb the energy in both my cameras and feel it in my body. I love getting my heart rate up and feeling the adrenaline. But I don’t want to always be a spectator on the sidelines. I was busy shooting all of the best athletes in the world for years and mostly focusing on editorial and advertising work. But as I traveled to these exotic locations to shoot each athlete I’d find beauty in the landscapes around me. I opened my first gallery in 2006. And I called the images I put up in there Playgrounds.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I got my career start back in college when I got my pilots license. After graduation, I started my own company called “Above and Beyond” aerial photography. I’d fly around in a little Cesna and take aerial pics of homes, golf courses, hotels, and architectural projects. This was 1996 pre drones. I moved to Vail CO with an ambition to shoot action sports and shot the first ever Winter X Games in Crested Butte. From there I went on to shoot major ad campaigns for Mountain Dew/ Pepsi before the energy drinks came on the scene. I kept shooting winter and summer X games and became one of the exclusive photographers for all action sport events. Along the way I shot major ad campaigns with Nike with Neymar JR, Gatorade with Derek Jeter and Serena Williams, Major motion picture movie posters like Mission Impossible where I hung out of the airplane with Tom Cruise North of London and went 80mph in the tight winding roads of the Atlas mountains in Morocco on a motorcycle with explosions. I opened my first fine art gallery in 2006. My flagship store is in the heart of Manhattan Beach, CA. but we also have them in Vail, CO and Aspen, CO. The gallery offers custom fine art pieces of any size. We ship them world wide. We also do massive wall murals for different cities and clients all over North America and Europe. In 2018 I went on to pitch a first ever collaboration with Marvel using their characters/super heroes with my landscape images. We called it the Hidden Heroes collection. This had never been done before and we did limited edition print runs of 10 different scenarios with Spiderman, The Hulk, and Black Panther. Eventually that made it to a limited edition clothing line at Target stores nationwide which completely sold out. None of this was ever handed to me. I hustled everyday. I still hustle everyday. We are dropping our own clothing line as we speak. All available online and at the gallery at www.bobridgesgallery.com
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If you were to come visit me in Los Angeles you’d have to wake up early. I mean before the sun rises… We’d check the surf models and directions and we’d hit the water. We might go surf, foil, jetski or whatever it takes, but I like to get wet every day when I’m home. If the waves are flat, we could take out the electric hydro foil and cruise or take the paddle boards and swim with the dolphins. It’s still a great workout on your core and legs. After we surf till our arms fall off, we’d hit up some breakfast. I’d probably go to one of the following in Hermosa or Manhattan Beach- Cafe B on the pier in Hermosa, Martha’s on 22nd or we’d hit Homies in Manhattan Beach. After that, we could swing by the gallery and see whats new in there. Walk down to the Manhattan Beach Pier and see if the wind and waves are still going… maybe paddle back out? Ha. Could drive up to Palos Verdes and surf the Cove on some longboards or head South to Foil. Drive North towards Malibu. Im usually game for whatever, but my kids might have some sporting events too, so be ready to attend if there’s a game. In the afternoon, I might plan a little photo shoot if I don’t already have one, but I’m assuming this is a day “off”. We might go shoot some local Southbay pics if the light is good. Maybe fly the drone around. Maybe head to LAX and jump on a plane and chase some snow or big waves. Every day is different and planning a week out isn’t really in my schedule.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Let me start with Jack Kerouac novel “On The Road” Think that got me started on the idea of traveling without itinerary and figuring out how to go with the flow back in high school. My college professor in photography at Miami University- Jon Yamashiro, my first employer in Vail, CO. at FotoFinish, Rex Keep, of course my Family who have supported me from Day one and my wife and children who give me the passion to keep going and creating.
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