The cover of the July 2014 issue of the duPont REGISTRY features a picture of the brand new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible, but it is the picture itself that makes this issue so special.
GM set three New York college students to the task of photographing the all-new 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible. Each student was required to take four images which fans could vote on via Corvette’s Facebook page poll. The photographer that received the most votes would become winner of the contest and would receive $5,000 for their winning photo. His four photos can be seen throughout this article.
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Dan Wang, a recent graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, was one of those three contestants, and his photo was the winning picture. Now, duPont REGISTRY has put his winning image on the cover of the July 2014 issue. We at duPont REGISTRY are as excited as can be to feature Wang and his incredible photo on the cover of our most popular magazine.
Recently we had the chance to ask him some question about his profession, life and aspirations. You can read his responses below. Also, be sure to visit his site to see more of his work at: DanWangPhoto.com.
- Who is Dan Wang?
I grew up in Texas, first doing video production and eventually moved into still photography. After a few years of doing a weird combination of newspaper/photojournalism work and weddings on the side, I went to school to study commercial photography. In between those years, I studied classical violin for 13 years (performing in Branson, Missouri once), as well as German, Mandarin Chinese, and a few other oddities.
Currently, I live in New York City working as a gaffer, digital imaging technician and general do-all in the still photo and motion picture industries.
- Why did you choose photography?
It sounds terrible, but the gear for photography is much lighter in weight compared to a typical video package, or at least it was when I started out. Now much of the work has shifted and I’m going back to the giant 18,000W lights I thought I would never have to deal with again for my work currently.
I do love the idea of a single moment though. What’s amazing is that you have one single frame to communicate a single idea or emotion. You get to do what we wish we could do in life – freeze something and have it never change. What’s crazy is that single moment represents entire experiences, a single image can sum up one’s life’s work. That’s just crazy to me.
- How did this Corvette shoot come to be?
GM approached my former school, RIT, (I’ve since graduated) initially about the contest. From there, the school asked me if I would be up for the task, given that it would be a good amount of work and I’ve had previous experience on larger production projects both inside and outside my education there.
For a good amount of time I had no idea what car we’d be photographing, and what the general vibe should be, but we met with GM’s PR, design, and photography teams in Detroit, where I learned the amazing back story of the 2015 Z06. The attention to detail even between Stingray and Z06 is astounding. From there I had about three days to put together a shot list, crew, and secure equipment. For about two weeks, my life was a blur. The shoot day, and (many) hours of image editing sort of melted together and my brain eventually got kind of mushy, but it all came out wonderfully.
- What do you plan on doing in the future?
I just moved down to NYC (following two summers of working and interning) and have been on the road working in photo and motion. I love light, and I love making beautiful light and I’ll keep on trucking on.