Behind the Scenes: The Photography of Ian Merritt

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I’m currently enjoying documenting the world in much the same way I did when I was 12 and my dad handed me 3 rolls of film. I would grab his stainless steel Pentax SLR and head out into the backyard woods to see what kind of trouble I could get into. Back then I spent the days wondering how I would use ALL of the 72 pictures I had at my disposal. Usually I ran out of subjects at shot 19 so I would fill the 24 shot roll with throwaway pictures of the dog or I’d follow my mom around the house and capture her with her annoyed face on.

After years of taking photos for professionally, I am looking at my daily life with new found client-free-unbridled-freedom, or more closely, a giddiness that feels fresh and unbound. Right now, I love taking photos with my rangefinder complete with the camera’s limitation of a fixed focal length. I enjoy cropping with my feet, constantly repositioning to get the shot I want. And because I’m a cinemaphile, I’m producing my pictures in 16×9 ratio.

For the last year or so I have been documenting the production crews and the sets that I work on no matter how big or how small. These photos document the teams I build from scratch to join me in the trenches, people with specific skill sets, brought along for the ride to tie a specific project together or to enhance another team member’s skills. These photos are sometimes serious and sometimes ridiculous… but the images give viewers a glimpse into set life.

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Ian D. Merritt hails from the mountainous woods of west central Vermont. Ian’s leaned on a camera to make a living, and he’s carried a camera when the last thing he needed to do was take a picture. It’s been a constant companion and a fickle mistress most of his life. Via Ian’s LinkedIn page, Creative Director / Photo Journalist / Commercial Photographer / Producer are all listed. He currently makes broadcast commercials and visual content for clients via the ad agency Havas.

Ian speaks Millennial fluently yet he happily deleted his profiles off of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter more than 2 years ago.