About James Cole Creative

Hi, I’m James Cole and welcome to my site, Here is a little bit about my and why this site exists. Thanks for stopping by.

I have always had a creative mind. Creative writing at school was the only subject I excelled at. I’ve always gravitated toward the lens, however. I recall, as a child, using my parents instant 35mm film camera to photograph my toy dinosaurs in a way to make them look like the giant beasts they once were. I’d take time and effort to set up shots, angles and trickery to capture the image I wanted rather than just clicking a moment.

This was the birth of my career in visual effects which began in my 20’s. The next twenty years I would dedicate to filmmaking. Feature films, commercials, music videos, short films… Mostly as an editor, sometimes the director, always looking for ways to express that creative need within.

It was while working in visual effects that I learned tools like Photoshop and After Effects and in 2004 I purchased my first digital camera, a Canon EOS 300D. This was to capture elements I needed to use in my VFX work. Textures, backgrounds, etc. From this moment on, a camera was never far away and my love for still photography grew until it eventually replaced filmmaking altogether.

Now I continue taking photos all the time. Sometimes I go on epic road trips to capture that one amazing photo, other times I might see something that tantalizes my interest in the backyard. There is no one subject or niche that inspires me. The act of taking the photo and processing it into something beautiful whatever the subject is what ignites my spark.

I setup this web site to share my creative work with the  world. Most of my photos are available for licensing through stock photography sites and my art and design work are available as prints or on various products. My writing is all free to read here on this site and my filmmaking work that I hold the rights to is viewable through my Youtube channel. I have a massive back catalogue of work and over time I hope to get all of it on here. A massive undertaking indeed, but at least it means I can get things done while the world is locked down.

I hope you enjoy my work and find something that you connect with.

Wishing you a brilliant day,