Photo by Raan Parton and Jeff Clark
By Shea Parton
Since we started Apolis in Santa Barbara we have come across some incredibly inspiring people that have influenced us creatively and personally - one of those individuals is Jeff Clark.
Clark was born in Santa Monica in January of 1975. While attending local city colleges and UCSB, Jeff prepared for a career of freelance photography by studying International Studies and Art Studio Photography. He built his career on the fundamentals of working with people he enjoys, leaving judgment and hidden agendas at the door, and always beginning projects with an admirable level of honesty. Jeff's experiences through his youth of delivering papers, restoring classic bicycles, and managing school newspapers provided him with a foundation that has opened doors to bigger avenues as a photographer, to work with New York Times, Entrepreneur Magazine, Seevees shoes, and many others.
Jeff became a part of the Apolis family in 2004, and since our first product shoots together in his home on the west side of Santa Barbara, we have been thankful for his partnership in capturing the majority of our images. Our friendship with Clark is rooted in his compassion, sense of humor, and the effortless command that he exerts over his craft. Jeff has been alongside of us season after season and has weathered endless shoots at his studio, the occasional Apolis retreat, and a journey to Nepal to document the story of the Transit Elite Sweater. We were especially thankful for Jeff during those 16 days in Nepal, as his ability to problem solve and be flexible with third world customs negotiating proved invaluable.
Back home, Jeff has always remained a constant Apolis voice of long-term perspective on the obstacles that both social advocacy and industry inevitably give way to. He is constantly raising the bar through his loyalty to friends and family, and it is for this reason that Jeff Clark continues to be an inspiring, life-long friend.