Craft and creativity continues to grow in China, none of which would be possible without the inspired and daring minds behind the ideas and production. We are asking the creative community in China five fun questions to learn a little bit more about the people behind this burgeoning industry. Hope you enjoy! If you think you should be profiled or you know someone creative who should be profiled send an email to email@example.com.
Zachary C. Bako
Zachary C. Bako holds a B.S. in Business & M.A. in Art.
Photographer for 16+ years & Filmmaker for 9+ years.
Previously based out of New York City (7 years), Beijing (4 years), Los Angeles (3 years), Brooklyn (1 year) and now Shanghai for the past year and a half.
My work can be found at www.zacharybako.com. Director Reel is available on request.
Zachary C. Bako拥有商业学士和艺术硕士
1. Where were you born? 你在哪里出生？
I grew up in Niles, Ohio, next to my grandparent’s vegetable farm with two older brothers, and my mother and father. My mother taught art for 48 years and is a handmade paper and collage artist.
My brothers and I spent our youth picking beans but we also found ourselves in museums and in artist studios. Farm life to studio life shaped my childhood.
2. Coolest place you’ve been sent for work ?工作中去过的最有意思的地方是哪里？
Angel Falls, the world’s tallest uninterrupted waterfall located in Venezuela.
Woke up before sunrise and took a helicopter over to where our POV needed to be. Built the camera, planted the tripod, shot a couple of tests and waited with our feet in the river until the fog burned off to capture what we needed.
Ate the saltiest most delicious jungle chicken for lunch, followed by an epic four-hour boat ride back to camp through scattered torrential rainstorms.I’ve always loved and have been grateful that the decision to pursue photography and film has been filled with inspiring moments and the ability to explore the world.
3. Someone you would like to have dinner with? 想跟谁一起共进晚餐？
Leonardo da Vinci, Salvador Dali, Vincent van Gogh, Tupac Shakur, Al Bright, Spencer Amonwatvorakul & John Shelley Jr.
列奥纳多·达·芬奇、萨尔瓦多·达利、文森特·梵高、图派克·沙库尔、Al Bright、Spencer Amonwatvorakul和John Shelley Jr.
4. How you discovered you were creative? 你是如何发现自己有创造力的?
During sophomore year of university, I went back to my hometown to visit my family and found myself in the basement going through a cardboard box full of old Polaroid’s and newspaper clippings.
One particular newspaper article stood out. This was the moment that I decided to pursue photography as a career. It reminded me that art was the only thing I ever felt passionate about.
During this unearthing of old memories, I began to think about our time in Youngstown, Ohio, at abstract expressionist painter Al Bright’s studio. Al Bright was my mother’s mentor and he was a major influence in my life, exposing my brother’s and I to Jazz and African art. In his studio, the aroma of oil paint, turpentine, wood and sand mixed with Al’s energy and left a profound impact inside of me.
After arriving back to campus at Case Western Reserve University, I signed up to take photography courses through neighboring Cleveland Institute of Art.
The first day I walked into The Factory at CIA, the smell of oil paint just washed over me. I stopped, smiled and knew I was in the right place.
5. Your favorite creative project you’ve ever worked on, and why you like it so much? 你曾经参与过的创意项目其中，那个是你最喜欢的项目；为什么你这么喜欢它?
3AM on Frenchmen is a music documentary that recently got picked up for worldwide distribution through Qwest.TV by Quincy Jones. The film is now on cable in the States, playing during Qwest.TV’s Black Music Appreciation Month.
Jazz and hip-hop have been ingrained inside my DNA since adolescence. We would listen to the most non-commercial, underground rap coming out of Detroit, New York, Memphis, New Orleans, Chicago, the Bay Area, etc. The narratives that had our attention in our youth are the exact opposite of Ray Wimley’s.
Ray is the leading musician in 3AM and his lyrical narratives never use profanity and are about everyday struggles, chasing dreams, unconditional love and awakening to spirituality.
Christina Lee (Co-Producer and Additional Editor) and I just wanted to give the musicians in the film a little jump-start to carry their message onto the world. Through the project, we all were able to share a wonderfully effortless collaboration with one another, elevating each other’s creative process.
3AM exists because of who Ray Wimley is as a human being. He once said, “People don’t even know that this type of music exists…yet.”
3AM on Frenchmen – Trailer
3AM on Frenchmen是一部独立音乐纪录片，最近由昆西·琼斯(Quincy Jones)被Qwest.TV选为全球发行频道。这部电影现在在美国有线电视上播放，在Quest.TV庆祝黑人音乐月期间播放。
Thank you for your time today. Thank you SHP Plus and Georg Warga from Goodstein for the opportunity to share some of my story.
We invite each of the creatives we profile to tag another interesting person for the series. Zachary C. Bako suggested Director DJ Furth.
我们邀请创意人士来一场接力赛，每个人都要推荐另一位有意思的创意人士。Zachary C. Bako 推荐的下一个人是：导演 DJ Furth.