Charles Bergquist is a California-based freelance director, designer, and photographer. Originally from Chicago, he now divides his time between San Diego and Los Angeles. Though Bergquist was formally educated in economics and finance, his voyage into photography and design took root during his years at university, with late nights spent teaching himself Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, and scouring the Internet for video.
Most of Charles' work is the filtered result of working in multiple mediums of image capture and heavy layering. All textures, photos, and imagery are shot and then combined, regardless of format. His work is colorful as well as dark, shifting from feeling to feeling, most notably in the Everyday Project, selections from which have been chosen for his first print offering with Ghostly International.
"With the Everyday Project, I see glimpses of what I'm doing at a certain time. Colors change, the mood changes, it's a way for me to see what I'm doing. Even the lack of a post tells me something about that time. What draws me to this type of work is creating environments that could almost exist. I like the idea of making a person guess if it’s real or fake, or if it’s shot with film or digital. I don’t see a line anymore between the two, I shoot about 1/3 film and 2/3 digital now, but everything is used in the end."
Charles has worked with Ghostly artists such as Matthew Dear and Tycho on music video and show visuals. To learn more about his approach to design, read our interview on the store blog.