“HOMEGROWN IN CHICAGO, PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES GLOBALLY ”
Alex Qian is a Chicago based Photographer and Video Creator working in a variety of professional fields creating content. His work to-date has heavily involved social media campaigns and adventure travel to far-off destinations. He has spent much of his time directing and producing content independently over the past two years.
More about Alex. He started on a traditional corporate path with a career spanning 8 years after college. His last “real job” was in the Financial Services industry where he began to feel trapped and on a trajectory that felt more like what society expected from him than one that truly inspired purpose and provided value to others. So, he began doing solo backpacking trips to push the boundaries of his comfort zone and in the process, discovered the art of photography. When photography wasn’t enough to satisfy his creative appetite, he began another journey in creating videos which has helped propel him around the world on assignment in a relatively small time-frame, mostly thanks to the community on social media and the wealth of education available online. This passion, combined with an intense desire to improve and for documenting stories and locations is something that continues to fuel his work.
Fast forward to today, and with numerous projects with respected global brands under his belt, he continues to create both independently and collaboratively with various agencies. He is also passionate about community, and is involved heavily in creative event planning and photography related community leadership in the Chicago-land area. He plans to continue to develop his passion projects as well as support the community that pushed him to manifest his creative entrepreneurial lifestyle.