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Adam Bove: Photographer & Director

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"I really like the Greenland Jeans and the Vidda Pro Trousers for any kind of work environment: both are pretty tough but still look really nice. When I'm on set for a client it's a weird line I walk where I need something versatile but also want to look like a professionals and not like a dirtbag, even though I'm constantly on my knees, bending down, climbing around to get the right angle, sometimes literally getting down in the dirt to get the shot. I need something that can take a beating, but I still have to look good."

Denver-based filmmaker and photographer Adam Bove says his work is about finding "truth, beauty, and the special, often fleeting moments" that make up his subject's lives and stories. "I really like documentary lifestyle work, the less-staged the better: being in the moment, finding that nice light, looking for the moody unsuspecting moments, and really taking the time to soak up and appreciate and capture the natural beauty that surrounds us. That's what I gravitate towards, visually."

His love of nature started early, from as far back as he can remember.

"I grew up in the Ohio River Valley and my whole childhood was basically spent in the woods, walking in the creek, catching salamanders," he says. "Then, later, rock climbing in Red River Gorge, then around the world."

The urge to document his experiences in nature was also an early obsession, Bove says. 

"My dad was really into collecting old cars, so we'd fly out to California together, pick up an old Studebaker or something, and then drive it up the coast and across the country together, shooting on his old Pentax K1000 along the way. We'd get home, get the pictures developed, and get to live the whole adventure all over again. I just totally fell in love with it, with the whole process, and one of my first jobs was working at a camera store."

  • Adam Bove: Photographer & Director
  • Adam Bove: Photographer & Director
  • Adam Bove: Photographer & Director
  • Adam Bove: Photographer & Director

He had other interests and other career ambitions: he has a graduate degree in Satellite Imaging, from a time when he saw his career heading in an entirely different direction. He worked in Denver as an engineer and city planner before his film-making and photography career took over, partly thanks to a creative and business partnership with his wife, photographer Kate Rolston. The couple married in October and now work together under the name A Collective Us

"We've both been really fortunate to be able to do photo and video full-time, often working as a team for our clients," Bove says. "We have really complementary styles and it's been super fulfilling to figure out how to make it all work together and to be out here traveling together, telling stories together, living the dream together."

Adam Bove: Photographer & Director

Bove says Fjällräven pants have become part of his daily work uniform when he's out shooting, whether it's for his own creative work or for his clients, Bove says, 

"I really like the Greenland Jeans and the Vidda Pro Trousers for any kind of work environment: both are pretty tough but still look really nice," Bove says. "When I'm on set for a client it's a weird line I walk where I need something versatile but also want to look like a professionals and not like a dirtbag, even though I'm constantly on my knees, bending down, climbing around to get the right angle, sometimes literally getting down in the dirt to get the shot. I need something that can take a beating, but I still have to look good."

Instagram: @adamnbove Denver, CO

Written by Colin Bane