Greg Goss

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Who are you?

A raindrop on a windshield.

What do you want?

The Yin and the Yang.

Why photography?

Why not?

What gear do you use?

For studio shoots I typically use the Canon 5D Mark III with a 50mm lens. When I walk around town and shoot on my own though, I like to use a 35mm Minolta. I also spent the last three months traveling around South America and found the iPhone to be not only extremely practical, but surprisingly efficient.

Any interests, hobbies, or passions outside of photography?

Outside of photography, my interests range from salsa dance to cooking. I love to paint, draw, write, cook, play chess and basketball (at the same time, of course), and am looking to get into acting.

Music, movies, books, TV, games. What are some of your favorites? Any recommendations?

We're living in the golden age of creativity, if you ask me. There's just so much music in the world, and it's constantly at the tip of our fingers. If I could recommend a few of my favorite musicians that are currently flying under the radar, I've got to go with NoMBe, Diego Delgado, Khruangbin, and Gabriel Garzón-Montano.

If you've never read Daniel Quinn's Ishmael, it stays at the top of my list and would highly recommend it. Haruki Murakami is another novelist that I've been getting into. His style of writing is super relatable and incredibly insightful. Paulo Coelho and Don Miguel Ruiz are also some of the most phenomenal writers if you're looking for a paradigm shift.

Who or what is inspiring you?

I try my best to stay inspired by the little things. For example, I'm strangely intrigued by the shape of shadows or the structure of doors. People are also incredibly inspiring. I find inspiration in relationships, or lack thereof. Friends serve as an awesome source of inspiration and motivation in a lot of different facets of my life, as well.

What's one thing about yourself that would surprise most people?

I've travelled across the U.S. via car three times in the past four years.

Got any words of wisdom or a favorite quote?

Follow your fears, it's love disguised.

Any other photographers you think people should check out?

Neil Krug is one of my favorite photographers. His aesthetic is so difficult to replicate, and the emotion he is able to capture and convey is just incredible. I'm a huge fan of his work.

Henri Cartier-Bresson & Robert Frank, I pay homage to and are my favorite classic photographers.

Lastly, I have a couple of photographers on VSCO that I look to for inspiration. I'm not sure of their real names, but their usernames are jacbo and fin.

What do you wish someone would ask you and what's the answer to that question?

This a great question. I've thought it over for a while now, and I can honestly say that there is nothing in particular I "wish" someone would ask me. Now that I've been asked though, I guess it would be this question.

What’s the answer to that question?

Something along the lines of the above. :)

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