A serious interest huh? Well, my first digital camera was a 3 megapixel digital camera (a point and shoot) back in sixth grade. I naturally just started pictures of not just me and my friends, but of things around me, and I always tried to make them visually stimulating. I gradually got other cameras (all point and shoots) through my junior high years, and right now I am in the eleventh grade with my bridge camera. Ever since sixth grade I have learned a lot, and my interest in photography has grown bigger and bigger. I started learning about famous photographers, and all I would do online is look at photos from photography websites and Time magazine. So if youÊ¼re asking when that interest first sparked, I would have to say the sixth grade, but my interest and love for it grows bigger and bigger every day.
What cameras/equipment do you use?
I use a Panasonic DMC FZ50, a Lomo Fisheye 2, and a Polaroid camera. I originally was saving for a DSLR but I got impatient and settled for my bridge camera. But hey! ItÊ¼s not the equipment, itÊ¼s the photographer. I also use a used tripod that my friend gave me for my birthday (thank you!) and for lighting I mostly use natural light and a bedroom lamp. You have to be resourceful.
Who or what inspires you to take photography?
Everything from quotes, music, photographers, weather, objects. IÊ¼m inspired by the world and all its contents.
What is your favorite medium to photograph, e.g. people, landscapes etc
People, hands down. When shooting people you can express more emotion and you can relate to the photos more.
When taking photos, do you look for certain shots or do you take photos of whatever catches your eye at the time?
Both. If IÊ¼m out somewhere IÊ¼ll take random pictures of everything around me, but sometimes IÊ¼ll be dying to get this shot I really want and go to the place and get it. IÊ¼m both spontaneous and planned.
Do you see Photography as a full time career or just a hobby?
IÊ¼m not really sure right now. I have gotten straight AÊ¼s since the seventh grade and IÊ¼m surely not trying to mess that up. My dream is to go to an Ivy League school and major in mathematics. But on the other hand I really want to go to NYU or somewhere amazing and major in photography. IÊ¼m confused. Maybe IÊ¼ll decide once I get to college. Photography to me is the equivalent of love. And IÊ¼m scared if I take up photography for a full time career that itÊ¼ll lose its meaning to me. But then again everyone says you should do what you love for a living.
Are there any photographers of whom you are a fan of?
Of course! Robert and Shana Parkeharrison are amazing and their visions are thought provoking. I also love the flickr famous favorite Rosie Hardy, her work never ceases to amaze me. Also Brain Edwards, his fashion editorials are love; I only hope to be half as good as him someday.
You're currently doing a project were you're photographing yourself every day for a whole year! How well are you sticking to this routine so far? And how do you come up with ideas for the photo's youÊ¼re going to take?
It has been a rough road so far. I started a 365 earlier this year and gave up because I felt like my photos were boring. When I started a new one up again in July I promised myself not to take boring photos and I am constantly challenging myself every single day. ItÊ¼s really hard to find the time to take photos since I come home with heaping mounds of homework everyday (damn honors and AP classes). I set apart an hour everyday for my 365, thatÊ¼s including editing and setting up. I always manage to go over that time limit though. I survive on 5 hours of sleep a night. IÊ¼m setting myself up for death at an early age. As for the ideas, sometimes I get a random idea to pop up in my head while IÊ¼m at school, but most of the time they just happen. I honestly donÊ¼t know how I think of them. I just go go go! Have you seen the TV series Heroes? There is a superpower of painting the future, and when the guy paints his eyes roll back and turn white and he just paints, and when heÊ¼s done he goes back to normal and doesnÊ¼t even remember painting. For me, itÊ¼s kind of like that.
What was the inspiration and reasoning behind your ROYGBIV project?
Well on day 82 of my 365 project I really wanted to do a yellow shot. I have no idea what hit me. Maybe it was waking up, going to get breakfast, and seeing these bright yellow bananas in the fruit basket. I loved how that shot turned out so much that I decided to do the rest of the colors of the rainbow, and maybe even others (brown, pink, etc.) This set is really fun for me to do, I love going around my house trying to find these vibrant colors. ItÊ¼s kind of easy for me to find these objects though, since most of my brothers toys are vibrant and solid colored.
Finally, where do you see yourself in 5 years time, in terms of your work, new projects and any other personal aspirations you have in life?
I have no clue. I am so unsure of what I want to do and who I want to be. IÊ¼m only sixteen, I have a few more years to think about it right? I know for a fact I will still be taking photos. I will never stop. But IÊ¼m just living life right now. IÊ¼m so fickle about career options and projects that I want to do, hopefully IÊ¼ll stabilize as I mature.
Be sure to check more of Jacqueline's amazing photos by visiting her Flickr page here!!!