Jessica's work is emotive and elusive. So honest and real it draws you in and takes you to a place, entirely. There is so much heavy feeling and vivid imagery mixed in with these subdued tones and moody edits, they are simply bursting with raw life. When we look at these images we see a real and true expression of how she sees this confusing wild life, I am left speechless viewing them. Her use of movement and blur, texture and composition creates truly moving work, so uniquely portrayed and powerful in it's presence.
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How did you get your start in photography?
I don't think there was ever really a clear start. I've always needed
to express myself somehow, even in primary school. It wasn't always
photography, but writing, dancing or drawing. Gradually I photographed
more and more in my adult life, just for myself, alongside being a
secretary, and eventually, after taking on more and more photographic
work had to decide I could no longer keep up with two jobs. It was a
progression that started somewhere in childhood, never really a
decision or a start as such.
What artists have influenced your journey in photography? How have they inspired you?
I have to admit what I love and what influences and inspires me changes constantly. I go through different moods too and quite often, what I really like is a style that is totally different from my own. The one constant is that I love a sense of timelessness in an image, simplicity and a sense of melancholy. I'm not hugely into overly contrived looking images. I love the work of Lina Sheynius, Nan Goldin and Francesca Woodman.
What is one thing you wish you knew when you first started taking photographs?
Nothing. I loved that the less I knew the more I experimented and the more fun I had.
What does photography mean to you?
Ah, so many different things. A way to hold time, an outlet for my soul, a powerful language, a way to paint.
If you could shoot with any photographer, who would it be and why?
I love shooting with my amazing photographer friend Steph, but otherwise, I prefer being a bit of a loner when it comes to photographing. There's less pressure, more room to experiment and let
my guard down.
What inspires your photographic vision?
I'll be honest in saying I feel a bit empty and uninspired at the moment when it comes to photography, but when I do pick up my camera just to play, for myself, I hope I create something that moves.
How do you feel about breaking the perceived rules of photography?
Do you have a favorite flawed technique? I'm all about 'flaws'. Life and people are flawed. I always embrace a bit of grain, blur, brightness or darkness. Whatever helps convey mood.