Jessica Jones creates her abstract images by combining experimental techniques with old-fashioned equipment. She created this range of images by placing a Mini Instax Instant Film within the belly of a handmade pinhole camera, and leaving the camera undisturbed, allowing the light to pass through the hole and onto the instant film. Her accessories include old film trinkets from thrift stores, and her most used item is close-up filters for her Polaroids.
Film cameras like Polaroid Land Camera 100 and 450, and home-built cameras.
What advice would you give younger photographers?
Trust your own ideas.
Where do you live? What do you love about it?
I just recently moved to Richmond, Virginia. I have been moving around a bit to stretch my brain muscles. There is nothing more exciting than starting somewhere new. Right now I love that I live close to so many great parks, and all of the delicious food there is to eat here!
Where did you grow up?I grew up in a very small town and a very big (land-wise) city: West Point, Virginia & Jacksonville, Florida.
Are you artistic in other ways- can you draw?I used to draw as a kid, but I’ve never been great at it. I love to build stuff!
Describe your first break?I don’t know if I would call it a break, but the first time I ever felt like a real photographer was when I was invited to shoot a show of one of my favorite musical artists out in Los Angeles. I had never photographed a concert before, but the fact that he appreciated my work and wanted me there not for a magazine or a blog, but just to shoot, made me realize that I could really do something.
Where were you first published?The first time I had work published was 2015, in a photo book called “Fading From Memory” featuring instant photographers from around the globe.
What work are you most proud of?The first work I have ever cried over was a series titled “Paracosms”. It was the first time I surprised myself in accomplishing exactly what I had set out to create and feel.
Have you been exhibited at all? Where?Southlight Gallery, Jacksonville, Florida - “Ctrl+Alt+Image” - 2014 44 Monroe Gallery, Jacksonville, Florida - “Photo Annual 2014” - 2014 Amblewood Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia - “Atlanta Celebrates Photography” - 2015
If your work involves 35mm cameras, do you ever use Medium/large format?The Olympus is my primary 35mm camera, and the rest are all of my medium format cameras. I love to work with 120mm film as well as instant packfilm, as they produce incredible detail. The dream is to one day work with large format cameras.
Who are your artistic heroes?A lot of what I like to shoot stems from musical inspiration. When working on a series I will often get ideas from songs or entire albums, and try to match the aesthetic that comes to mind when listening to something musically intriguing. As far as photographers, I have always been in awe of the work of Susan Burnstine, Bill Brandt, Ansel Adams, Sebastiao Salgado, and more recent artists Bastian Kalous and Ben Parks.
Biggest challenge?Definitely trying to figure out how to do this for a living, and not being shy about sharing what I see.
What is your favourite night of the week? Your favourite season?I don’t have a favorite night, but my favorite day is Monday. Everyone is back at work and I can go places without all of the crowds. All of the parks are empty. My favorite season is Autumn; it has the best light and smell.
Describe the best party you have ever been to?The birth of my niece, Luna. She was born a few weeks early which happened to be on my birthday, and while it may not have been an actual party, it was the best birthday party ever to me.
What is a good life?An appreciative one.