There’s no textbook that tells you when you’ve got the right shot, story, or line. There’s no shortcut to a profound sense of place or connection to a culture. We film and photograph the West because it’s in our blood; it’s where we’re from and what we know.
As soon as young Ivan Agerton received his first camera (a 1942 Agfa from his grandfather) he set out documenting his family’s daily routine. Once he could drive, his range expanded into the wilds of Nevada. This exposure to the backroads of his home state has stuck with him; the desire to explore the world through his lens never left. Though the tools have changed, his need to share his discoveries through profoundly moving imagery has not. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Agerton founded Seattle and Los Angeles based Royal Galactic Media. His work has found him in the Himalayas and the Louvre, racing over the Serengeti in a helicopter, deep diving the pacific ocean for Blue Planet 2 and acting as 2nd unit cinematographer for "CUBA The IMAX Experience". When not behind the camera, Agerton heads up RED Digital Cinema’s education workshops, teaching shooters the skills they need to revolutionize cinema. Whether working for major clients or chasing his own creative rabbits, Agerton’s uncanny intuition, painterly eye for composition, and technical virtuosity allow him to tease out and capture the soul of his subjects.
It takes a certain kind of person to raise wild badgers as pets. As a kid in the Rocky Mountains of Idaho, Drew Stoecklein raised two of them. Stoecklein’s thirst for adventure and tireless drive put him on big mountain ski podiums across the globe. As a professional skier at the top of his sport, he found himself the subject of a myriad of shoots for magazines and brands. This soon evolved into a career on the other side of the camera. Blood is thicker than powder; he now follows in the footsteps of his father - legendary photographer of the American West, David Stoecklein - capturing the honesty and thrill of a life lived outdoors. His desire to bring unforgettable imagery (both still and motion) to each project has taken him around the globe on assignments for some of the world’s largest companies.
Bobby was forged in the west. His family’s roots stretch deep into Idaho’s homesteading era, and as broad as Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. As a child, he grew up hearing the names of these places - the Sawtooth Mountains, the Sol Duc river, Lake Crescent - places shrouded in mystery and shot through with an otherworldly aura. As soon as he was old enough, Foster ventured into them on his own; chasing elk in Idaho’s high country, and fishing for winter steelhead. As a fly fishing guide and fisheries scientist, he honed skills as an observer of the natural world. That in turn inspired him to capture those places on film, to share these magical spaces with others. As a photographer, cinematographer, and editor, Foster creates visual stories that recall the thrill and visceral pull of his early experiences: capturing, on film, the ephemeral beauty of wild places, and telling the stories of those who find meaning there.