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Lifestyle Photography | James Barkman

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After cruising out to the West Coast from Pennsylvania in his VW Bus for a photography internship, James Barkman has set his sights on living on his own terms. For him this means perfecting his craft by hunting down photo-ops full time in his Westfalia with Surfboards on top and a Dual-Sport Motorcycle in tow. *DISCLAIMER: DO NOT CLIMB ON POWER LINE TOWERS. EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. James, 22, might not be as conventional when it comes to his living arrangements, but creating a space to be creative in the form of his Westfalia, has pushed him further than he ever thought he'd go. Balancing maintenance and repairs on the Westy with a promising career in photography are just a few of the many things the talented Mr. Barkman excels at, and we wish him the best of luck has he continues to grow on his journey. • Featuring the Photography of James Barkman • Follow along with James: http://instagram.com/jamesbarkman | http://jamesbarkman.com Desktop Gallery & BTS Photos: https://www.flickr.com/gp/delfino89x/206VZ4 Directed By Jeremy Heslup | http://instagram.com/jeremyheslup Produced By David Schmalz | http://instagram.com/davidandrewsomething Graphics By Sean Fannin | http://instagram.com/fanninsj Music via DeWolfe Filmed in 4K with Canon 1DC & DJI Inspire 1 in Oregon. PRAEMIO | #STORIESTHATMOVE http://praem.io | http://instagram.com/praemio © Valkyr Productions LLC | http://valkyrfilms.com | http://instagram.com/valkyrfilms
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Brad Mantle (1 year ago)
That is my old Bus James, from 1990/91 I can tell because of the damage done to the front end - it was done on the i5 in LA, when a convertible BMW in front of me braked hard .. so i slammed on my brakes - Ps. Kombi campers don't brake well ... and I glided into the back of them. Could only afford to have the front face pulled out. The front bumper was taken off a Kombi wreck I found in the Mojave desert. The new roof canvas was paid for by one of the Aussie girls traveling with me at the time, that somehow managed to fall through the side of the old one, one night while sleeping up there. The Kombi was a joy back then, only Low miles and I paid $1600 for it from a seller in Tucoma WA. I spent 18 months traveling in that bus, so many fond memories for an Aussie on his 1st Safari ! :)
brianz426 (3 months ago)
I thought the guy drove it cross country from Pennsylvania? Seems unlikely it was in L.A. in the 90’s and then went east without ever being repaired.
Steve Zytveld (6 months ago)
Brilliant! Just... bloody Brilliant!!!
Brad Mantle (8 months ago)
Praemio I left a little magnetic box on the front / gearbox end of the engine. If it’s still there, there a 30 year little stash to enjoy :)
Praemio (8 months ago)
Brad, I just came across this again from when you posted it, I passed it to James so I hope the two of you were able to connect. Small world! - Jeremy
Marcus Bustad (4 days ago)
Way cool...... if things get slow you can always become a VW bus mechanic
Strelnikov (22 days ago)
This guy's understanding of developing work ethic is what is drastically missing in our generation. With his attitude, he will make things work, no matter what he's doing. Great video!
Leila L (23 days ago)
A tour of the van 1st would have been nice.
wintermister (25 days ago)
https://www.instagram.com/unnulon_photography/ follow please :-)
paulsviews (1 month ago)
Just amazing! Great video
Azad B&W (1 month ago)
My dream ❤️
Azad B&W (1 month ago)
Name of that last song please!!
Bibin Thampy (1 month ago)
Of coarse money is needed to live in this changing world..but u don't need to be next barren buffet or bill gates to find happy in ur life..be presistant in what u like to do..and gain success in that..one day u have a happy story to tell..
T West (3 months ago)
Hanging ten with ice-cycles forming on your toes - extreme and wonderful! the road less traveled by! I wish you continued happiness!
VW life (3 months ago)
Full Twillight feeling this place, so cool. Good place!
Poor Man (4 months ago)
Change the maf. Lol 😂😂😂😂😂
1inAtrillion (4 months ago)
Dude those power pylons are dangerous as to climb. Lots of people get electrocuted climbing them
Aldo Pascalin (5 months ago)
This is really cool!!!! I just started making videos and this is inspiring! Great work, love your style! 👌🏻
Juho Tissari (5 months ago)
Amazing guy
Rory Sheer (6 months ago)
whats the ending song (at the end of the video) at 11:56 - the end of the video
SAURAV CHUGH (6 months ago)
I haven't seen a better video than this.... Really awesome.
nancy cano (6 months ago)
wow, awesome
フィアーザ (6 months ago)
カッコいい生き方!
willy potts (6 months ago)
"Very Air-cool"♫
Mario Rodriguez (7 months ago)
Very Inspiring! I have a VW California Beach T5 2.5TD 130CV, MacBook Pro 17", I bought everything secondhand and thinking doing a similar thing crossing from Spain to India, through former Soviet Union.
Cory Boyd (7 months ago)
Dude if you're only getting that kind of mileage then something is wrong with the van. I've been around VW since the day I was born and I'm now 60. Even towing your trailer you should be getting high 20s to 30 mpg. Love the video, you need a dog.
velocity800 (7 months ago)
He has the energy because he’s young.....the thing money can’t buy....youth !!
Garrett Burch (7 months ago)
You said you wanted to inspire people...you definitely inspired me. Crazy watching this video and then at the end seeing the PA license plate since im from PA...love it
juan marcos caravá (7 months ago)
muchacho el video esta muy bien logrado, pero si deseas tener exito en la vida, no la lleves al limite, fue incorrecto subir la torre de alta tension ,no se debe y menos sin anclajes.. si amas tu vida ?...y las fotos... cuidala.... its the only one life!! saludos..
Hafiz Hakim (8 months ago)
Inspiring..thanks :)
canturgan (8 months ago)
I'm a tad suspicious of these ultra slick films. Who's paying for them? It looks like a long ad.
Praemio (8 months ago)
All of the episodes are intended to boost our production company's portfolio and capability and in nearly all cases have been paid for out of pocket. A costly endeavor but certainly one that is rewarding! - Jeremy
Dennis H (8 months ago)
and this is how we get homeless people to be younger and younger. I guess the message can be taken either way but.... everyone is free to choose their life style. good luck with everything kid, live the dream! kudos to you for your courage.
Daniel England (8 months ago)
Would love a wood burner like this for my van. Anton know where i could get that set up?? Video is amazing by the way!!
Diego Becerra (8 months ago)
Incredibly inspiring
Clare Colins (8 months ago)
Take the step of Faith...perfect! Nice vid And terrific photography.
Martin Káninský (8 months ago)
Thats pretty cool!
Imanoff (9 months ago)
This guy is crazy! I’m so envious. I wish I had a courage like him to really pursue what my passion is. Great video!
David Hammond (9 months ago)
Just pure gold !
Maiku (9 months ago)
I just wanted to say, YouTube has been pushing this video out on my featured list for probably over a year. Majority of the time I ignored it. I have no idea why... but in a way maybe YouTube AI knew I should watch this. Yet here we are.
Praemio (8 months ago)
Yellow VW buses and algorithms, somewhere in between ! - Jeremy
Naveed syed (9 months ago)
This guy is living my life and I love it 😍
sterlings (9 months ago)
What a cool video! I like the wood stove set up.
Jango Baloch (9 months ago)
What camera is he using ?
Michael McNulty (9 months ago)
Well filmed and great editing. Enjoyed the story.
Joseph Gruttadauria (9 months ago)
Such a major point of this video is at 3:56 when he talks about persevering and pushing through adversity, 'work hard be responsible'. Today's youth is losing sight of that and not experiencing for themselves some of the hardships in life....hardships that will ultimately help define ones personality and instill the confidence to explore for the perfect niche we will all fit into.
David Hammond (9 months ago)
my favourite video/doc on youtube. Love every bit of it.
Molley Delaney (9 months ago)
This is exactly what I want to do, even my dream car
Rayon Gunner (9 months ago)
Cool video man stay safe out there 😎
Hassan Sheikh (9 months ago)
You are so amazing and inspiring! Loved you van, easy life style (well it looks easy but I know it isn't!!) and beautiful photographs!! Well done mate and look forward to see more of your travel stuff 😎😎😊👍👍👍
Shams Shaikh (10 months ago)
very inspiring, what an enlightened soul
430x 2 (10 months ago)
Ok Patagonia........you really want to live up to your cool reputation?!? Then SPONSOR JAMES!! This guy is your ambassador waiting to happen!!
Adam Isfendiyar (10 months ago)
Really good stuff!
gamalier andres (10 months ago)
Where is he when hes riding the motorcycle jesus that place is amazing
Vlodik Koks (11 months ago)
luxury inspiring! keep doing the good job!
18echosf (11 months ago)
Hopefully, your parents are very proud of you and your quest to become your own man. Best wishes on your journey.
nick Baltsavias (11 months ago)
What camera did james barkman use in this video/photos?they look so sharp.is it the manual focus or the resolution of the camera?
Jeff Charmello (11 months ago)
Shout out Katin
Allan Byrne (11 months ago)
You must be a complete massacist driving one of these things.....but you have something.
sorie kondi (11 months ago)
Oswald state park. love it
David Bulger (11 months ago)
what camera id he using when he climbs onto his van and on the wire tower
evelasq1 (11 months ago)
Great story from photographer’s perspective.
Tom S (1 year ago)
Real and inspirational. Living life with the bare essentials and fading out the distractions which can drown out what really matters. Instead gaining a strong understanding and gratitude for what you are and what you have.
Thomas J Voss (1 year ago)
This might be a stupid question, but how exactly is he making money driving around in that bus taking pictures? Clients hire him along the way to do projects?
Teo Marculescu (1 year ago)
Keep it up! Have a great time!
martijn karel (1 year ago)
Zeker inspirerend, toffe gozer, prachtige beelden... als je 22 bent is dit natuurlijk helemaal te gek! Ik zie het me nu ff niet meer fulltime doen, maar
Almir Limaj (1 year ago)
I love everything about this! Way to go, James!
LifeOfRiza (1 year ago)
Super inspiring. I found this video right when I needed it.
Dj Toman (1 year ago)
This video was shared as a great example of film making. I took one look at the subtitle it was given on that page, like "photographer promotional video," saw it was over 12 minutes, and groaned. BUT then I started watching it, and the combination of the unusual story, James's personality, wisdom, energy, and the simply compelling cinematography and editing just made the time fly by. Fabulous job all around.
Phototravellers.de (1 year ago)
very nice intro :-) Great work :-)
arda nur (1 year ago)
inspiring af, thanks man
Woody Huband (1 year ago)
Mature words from a 22 year old. At some point the lifestyle will probably be suspended for a period of time, but live it while you are able. I did the same thing over 40 years ago, and now that I am old and have lots of time for myself, I'm going to do it again. See you on the road. Carpe diem!!!
Aquarian Vikas (1 year ago)
Beautiful!!
pmow (1 year ago)
I will never tire of these commercials.
Simon Hariman (1 year ago)
Wonderful documentary! inspiring words and great moments captured
Lolita Holiday (1 year ago)
I love this freakin video
Yahir. Films (1 year ago)
I want to live in a kombi too:)
Johann Römer (1 year ago)
Very very inspiring!!
Ella baclid Puntuan (1 year ago)
Amazing..!!!! What else can i say.. nothing just Amazing.!!!
Tarr Tarr (1 year ago)
Is James using the Sony A7r?
Quentin Vander Cam (1 year ago)
Live for the everyday stoke, love it!!
Gladys! (1 year ago)
He is a very wise young man
Mike L Hawaii (1 year ago)
I lived that life in my late teens and early 20s and loved every minute of it.
TheWallBeyond (1 year ago)
And James Barkman is fucking rad
TheWallBeyond (1 year ago)
Chris Burkard's the fucking man! Check out his IG.
Everyday Cars (1 year ago)
That van passed PA inspection? Lol awesome video
James Barkman (10 months ago)
hah, not even close! 😂
Greig Ward (1 year ago)
Man, what a great story.........a real insight into a bright young mind & soul. Bravo James!
Deep Forest (1 year ago)
James, you are such an awesome young man! Loved your film. Thank you!
Ajish James (1 year ago)
This is awesome man I love this..
My Nguyen (1 year ago)
shouts out to what looks like a dr350
Eastern Explorers (1 year ago)
This is beautiful, this is how I aspire to be ! Keep all of this up!
TOBA SAPUTRA (1 year ago)
its inspiring me .. thanks dude ...
MCfoodcrazy (1 year ago)
. This Man Is Living The DREAM .
DaDavidVids (1 year ago)
Needed this.
Jason Smith (1 year ago)
Awesome, James. You're a good human.
jean saurat (1 year ago)
epic!
Juan Zuniga (1 year ago)
Awesome video! inspired!
Jared Nelson (1 year ago)
Badass man! Loved this! Makes me wish I was 22 again.
A Life Worth Finding (1 year ago)
Bro your videography skills are insane and your message is second to none . I'm a full timer I travel in a vintage camper van . I'm new to videography but I learn fast . Your vids are what I'd eventually like to do in quality and location . I just got inspired , thanks !!!
noleftturnunstoned (1 year ago)
ditch the shit van
Brandon Smisek (1 year ago)
this seems kinda fake. cool but fake.
Darko Todorov (1 year ago)
Every honor....!
Alistair Hales (1 year ago)
What camera do you shoot with for photography? looking for a good travel camera.
Jawdat Fares (1 year ago)
You just Mike my dream,,,, keep up the good work and we will be with you,,, thanks for your help us to dream about freedom
Louis Walmsley (1 year ago)
this guy is fucking cool
Joel RM (1 year ago)
Other with a portable job. Modern job. Win money using tecnoglogy. Yes a freedom life its posible if u have the skills for make money for yourself.

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