In 1997, James ‘Q’ Martin, with a film camera in one hand and a climbing rope in the other, left Flagstaff, Arizona and traveled to Central America to study the language and immerse himself in the culture. It was there where he decided he wanted to actively pursue his passion for photography and telling stories.
Returning to Flagstaff, ‘Q’ set down roots and began Q Media, a fully-staffed production house. Since its inception, he has become a critically-acclaimed and award-winning filmmaker and adventure photographer with strong ties and connections to the Southwest: his home and inspiration.
Inquisitive, dedicated and passionate about regional and international conservation efforts, Q has traveled extensively throughout the Southwest and to over 30 countries, spanning six continents, documenting the stories of world-class athletes, artists, conservationists, filmmakers and scientists who have inspired him. He hopes by capturing their concerns and compassion for their intimate and special places on film that this will raise awareness to the issues facing our communities throughout the world, uniting people to take steps to preserve and protect these places for future generations.
‘Q’ is honored to be an ambassador and collaborate with KEEN Footwear, Nikon USA, Voketab, Klean Kanteen, Goal Zero, BlueWater Ropes, Mountainsmith Camera Bag, Kahtoola and Clif Bar on a variety of social and media campaigns and projects.
‘Q’ will be introducing the film Douglas Tomkins: Wild Legacy during the 2016 SHIFT Adventure, Inspired evening.
Tickets for Adventure, Inspired can be purchased here.