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Rising Stars: Meet Jack Chapman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jack Chapman. 

Hi Jack, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I’ve been an artist and creator since middle school. My brother brought home a photo of a car he drew and told me, “You’ll never be as good as me!” Well, that was about as much inspiration as I needed. My love for drawing, painting, and all other opportunities to be creative was born.

I served as a graphic artist in the United States Air Force for several years and have always looked for ways to express myself creatively.

I took up photography a little over a year ago to release stress, while a painting or drawing takes days of planning and execution- there is a little more instant gratification in getting behind a camera and creating. I’m so pleased it has taken off and I love to see others getting enjoyment out of my hobby.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I’ve faced many challenges during COVID, the biggest being my mental health. Managing people through a pandemic has been no picnic.

I find it’s not a coincidence that my love for photography began to take off during this time. The everyday struggles of being responsible for people has been magnetized through the lens of COVID.

Expressing my creativity and getting out into nature has allowed me to manage and work my way through these stressful times.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I love what I do and the people I work with, I oversee Operations at Office Resources, Inc in Nashville, TN. I manage a wide variety of people, from furniture installers to warehouse personnel to Project Managers.

I’ve been with the company in several roles over the last 24 years, and in the office furniture business for much of my adult life.

Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
Up until recently, I would not consider myself to be a very big risk taker, I loved a good cup of coffee and a TV remote for adventure. As I began exploring nature behind a camera, I began to see more and more opportunities for “the right shot” that pushed me closer to taking risks- things like getting closer to the 100’ drop or going into the water up to my waist with a $2,000 camera. What I found is, when you see the reward for the risk- it looks so much smaller.

I recently came back from Montana where I spent a few days camping, hiking, and of course shooting photography. My good friend Scott lives in Butte, and he led us into the Pintler Wilderness on a scout trip for his upcoming elk hunting season. He would be the first to tell you I’m not an outdoorsy type of person, actually- I think he gets a kick out of it, and we had a great time. The area we hiked was active for bear, mountain lion, and wolves. He told me more than once, “If we get hurt or wounded, they’ll never find us.” That was always great to hear. The danger was real, but the opportunity inspired me to push my comfort zone and has really changed my mind on how I can approach risks. These were great opportunities to grow my confidence in my abilities when I get out of the house and explore back home in Tennessee.

Contact Info:

  • Email: jcmovingimages@gmail.com
  • Website: jcmovingimages.net
  • Instagram: @jc_moving_images
  • Facebook: @JCMovingImages


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Jack Chapman

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