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James Cole

Founder of H Collective
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San Francisco
There’s nothing that excites me more than connecting people. My entire life I've been hosting dinner parties, making short films, and forcing friends from different walks of life to go on vacation together. Two years ago, I started H, a community that connects creators to each other and to brands.

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The Big Idea

We hand-picked sixteen of our favorite LA based photographers from our platform and worked Peerspace to shoot in three different locations over the course of six weeks. After the shoots we had a gallery show to showcase each photographers favorite image from each respective shoot.

Transforming the Space

My favorite part about this series was how diverse the spaces were – a Chateaux-like-mansion, a neon factory & an airy photo studio. Each spot was vibrant & incredibly photogenic. More, because we had 16 photographers, each with their own distinct style, each space was showcased in a new light.
Huge 1924 Warehouse Event Space
South Los Angeles
Los Angeles
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Huge 1924 Warehouse Event Space
South Los Angeles
Los Angeles
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Huge 1924 Warehouse Event Space
South Los Angeles
Los Angeles
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Question & Answer

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Create to feel inspired don't wait to feel inspired before creating.
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What is H? What made you want to start your own company?
There are two kinds of startups – those that are started strategically when the founder(s) notices an inefficiency or opportunity, and those that are started serendipitously. H was started as a passion project; as a group of creative people who enjoyed shooting together. The rest grew organically.
Community is what you do. What is something you want to see more of amongst the creative community?
I believe the key to (creative) growth is collaboration – being inspired and challenged by those around you. Collaboration is the best way to evolve your aesthetic, find your creative voice, grow your social following (if that matters to you), and meet new people.
Best advice ever given to you?
Most people think “passion’ precedes “action” that is, you need to be passionate about what you aspire to do before you do it. A major learning for me these past two years has been that if you want to be passionate about something, if you want to feel immersed and inspired and alive, you must first take action. Only by doing, and outputting, and creating consistently will you close “the gap” between what you wish you could do and what you have done.
Your life motto
“If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse.”
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