Zenfolio | J Barrett Griffin | About

I've been making images since I was 16 years old. I began telling stories with images after a year and a half in art school at Columbia College Chicago, when I came to the realization that my images could only mean so much to myself or anyone else based on aesthetic. I needed my images to tell a story, to go somewhere, to move. I finished my education in mass media and visual anthropology. Because of this, I shoot primarily in what could be considered a photojournalistic/documentary style. Photographing and filming things as they are, as they happen, with complete disregard that an image is being made. That's the kind of image I like to take. 

I began flying drones in 2016 as they started to hit the mainstream market. As a child, I had somewhat of an obsession with remote control vehicles. Combining photography with something that I've loved for so long was an instead burst of gratification, and I decided to explore any and every practical outlet for flying a 4K camera through the air on a quadcopter. I specialize in two and three dimensional mapping (which includes NDVI data for agricultural applications, specific measurements including volume and area measurements for industrial applications in construction and aggregates, and cinematic shots. I also have worked in real estate making videos of homes and land plots for sale. If you have an idea of something that you'd like done with a drone, but I haven't mentioned it yet, please call or email me. We can probably make it happen. The possibilities are endless!