Showing posts with label photography. Show all posts
Showing posts with label photography. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Interview with Jpgphotography @ Etsy

Wait For Me by jpgphotography 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hi, I'm Julie and I currently I work as a full time graphic designer in northern San Diego. I grew up in many places due to my father’s military job, so I had the pleasure of living in Seattle, San Francisco, Virginia Beach, and an unbelievable 5 years in Japan as a teenager. But San Diego has always been my home town. I also have a Japanese bobtail cat that I adopted while in Japan, and he continues to be my photographic muse. (although usually unwillingly!)

What made you get into photography?

I have always been artistic, drawing and art being my main form of expression. When I was a child, when anyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I immediately piped up ‘Artist!’ While photography always seemed fun, it wasn’t until 3 years ago that I got a taste of what photography was really like. My boyfriend would often bring his Canon DSLR on our outings, and told me that I could use the camera at any point to take some shots… well, needless to say, he could never get the camera back! He had to basically pry it from my snap happy fingers. After that, we were practically shooting every weekend. I was completely addicted. Every photographer always wants to evoke emotion and capture a moment in a photograph, but for me if goes deeper than that. To me, it seems like people often go about their daily life in a hazy state, unaware of all the beauty around them, many times in unexpected places. I'm guilty of that too. Photography has taught me to slow down, observe the world around me, and be patient. I suppose I’m trying in the best way I humbly and humanly can to show in my photos what God has intended us to see, and what is always there, if we just take the time to absorb our surroundings. At least that’s my goal every time I hit the shutter button.

Face Palm by jpgphotography

Where does your passion for your art come from?

I think as humans we all have this desire to create something beautiful, whether it be visual art, music, or literature. My mother has always been artistic, and we would often draw or color together. It was times like those that fueled my creativity when I was younger. Art class was always my favorite in school. As I got older, I found it was something I never lost interest in. I suppose it’s that fulfillment and excitement of the artistic journey you take when you are creating. With photography, I get a natural high from the whole process. I can be on a chilly beach cliff in the winter, tripod set up, the wind biting at my back, and shivering fingers hovering over the shutter button, waiting for the perfect moment… and I am having the time of my life. Plus, creating in general just feels good.

What made you decide to sell your photographs?

One night a few months ago as I was editing my images, probably listening to the Labyrinth soundtrack for the umpteenth time, in my total 'happy place' of sorting and editing images from my various photo excursions, and my mouse clicking feverishly with various Photoshop tinkering, I suddenly felt a strange pang that I couldn't explain. Here I was, doing what was my idea of a fun time, detached from the world for a few hours, and absorbed by warm glowing pixels. This is when my mind started to wander. What would people think of my images? Would anyone love or buy my images? Then the bigger question: Would anyone even ever see them? I create photographs because I relish the entire process, from picking the time of day to shoot, to hunting down a particular subject, to picking just the right lens and fiddling with the camera settings, to composing the shot, and finally, editing the image to tell a story. It is all very self-fulfilling, and just plain fun, and yet here I was, with that nagging pang that would not go away, and gigs of photos burning a hole in my hard drive, hidden from the world.

I decided that night that I wanted to share my love of photography with others and seek an avenue to not only display it, but sell it. To be honest, I was curious if anyone would invite my work into their home, and maybe selling some shots could help me afford some photography gear I had my heart set on. After much thought, I remembered a site called Etsy, where I had bought a vintage Brownie camera once. The thought that someone loves my work enough to buy it, and display it in their home or give as a gift… it’s just an unbelievably good feeling. I had made a brave and conscience decision to get my work out there into the universe, and I have no regrets. And just last week I set up a photo display in a new shop in my town, The Rustic Sparrow, where they are selling my prints now. It was very exciting. It's like a snow ball effect!

Second Star to the Right by jpgphotography
Which is your favorite photograph and why?

When I first read this, I thought ‘What a hard question!’ Then I realized I had the answer all along on my Etsy profile page:
‘I can't say my favorite photo is in this collection... because I'm fairly certain that photo is going to be taken tomorrow.’
It’s so true! As I evolve and grow, I like to think that the next great photo is just around the bend, almost within reach and waiting to be taken.
I can tell you one of my most memorable was ‘Face Palm’, a photo of a seal I shot in Kauai, Hawaii. I almost stumbled onto him as I was walking the secluded beach... I made sure I got a safe distance away, got my zoom lens out, laid down on my stomach, with my chin in the sand, and snapped away. Every time I see that shot I smile.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

One that comes to mind was a feedback on Etsy that stated ‘Thank You for taking such a beautiful photograph and offering it up for sale. Having this image to look at every day will inspire me to create beautiful work...’ I can’t tell you how great that made me feel, that I could be inspiring to a fellow artist… no words can describe how awesome that is.

What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?

I would tell them to not get discouraged. Sales do not always happen overnight. Love what you do, believe in you work, and believe in yourself. My boyfriend once told me: There is only success and success waiting to happen. I’ve always remembered that.

What is the biggest mistake you have ever made (business or personal)?

I would say doubting myself and my abilities as an artist. An artist can be their own worst enemy, and see flaw in anything they do. I try my best to remain positive and believe in my work.

Apart from creating, what do you do?

Outside of photography, I enjoy baking sweet calorie laden confections for my family, boyfriend, coworkers, or anyone else who will eat them. I also love roaming bookstores alone for hours, and daydreaming/researching future travel destinations. Right now it’s all about some sort of California road trip! Or maybe the Caribbean… or Europe... a girl can dream, right?

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I know more about coffee than anyone should know. I became a coffee master at Starbucks when I worked there during graphic design school, I have toured a coffee farm in Kauai, gave a PowerPoint presentation about coffee in college, lead a coffee tasting seminar, and have tasted dozens of varieties. Ironically, I actually prefer tea! Earl Grey. Hot. Straight up. Or maybe a milky spicy chai. ^_^

Find me:
Etsy shop:

Select Prints Available at Gallery & Shop: The Rustic Sparrow
128 E. Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025

20% entire purchase in my store, use the code: JPGPHOTOGRAPHY
Expires Oct. 31, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Interview with FrozenTimePhoto @ Etsy

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

My name is Brandon Addis, and I am a native to a small town in northeast Georgia, named Tiger. My town has a four-way stop and around 1800 inhabitants. Growing up in a small town, I learned a lot about knowing those around you and building strong and meaningful relationships. After college I relocated an hour south to Gainesville, Georgia. I reside in the downtown area with my partner and enjoy in partaking in locally held events in the downtown area and learning my local area with its history.

What made you get into photography?

Early on, really even before I realized what I was getting into, I thoroughly enjoyed capturing prints of beautiful structures, as architecture has always fascinated me. I started capturing prints for ideas of my dream home, and then it spread into the joy of appreciating the beauty that mankind has created with their own hands. I began capturing shots of historic districts in the downtown area of Augusta, Georgia. The intrinsic and awe inspiring detail of the arts and crafts era amazed me, and I felt a sense of recording and archiving our beautiful history with my own camera, saving it for future generations to come. It later evolved into capturing the beauty in which we all at times miss with the busy hustle and bustle of life.

Where does your passion for art come from?

Growing up in a small town, I remember the members of my community that took the time to speak and educate the public on who’s who of the community, and how we arrived to who we are today. Those individuals inspired me to preserve our present and our past through photography. In any town or city you travel through, one can observe the past being erased for a new big-box store or the next “big thing”. It saddens and scares me that future generations may not know what made their home town what it is today. Capturing a print freezes time in a way that one can visualize and reflect where they came from.

What made you decide to sell your photographs?

Over the years my friends have told me that my work was great, but the moment that I wanted to share my work came from a different source. I was visiting my partner’s family, and his mother started discussing my work and the amazing talent that I had. She told me that it would be sad to see my work not to reach others and be an inspiration to them. She also mentioned how rewarding it would be to have my work available to others for inspiration and to reflect on positive memories. One of my major drivers in life is to know that I have impacted others, in a positive way. I want to know that when I am long gone that I have left a positive mark on other’s lives. One of my recent sales is to an individual that recalled spending time with a friend on the very location that I captured a shot. The fulfillment that I received from being able to send a print to that customer was very amazing and empowering. That opportunity drives me to have my work available.

What’s your favorite piece of work that you have created? Why?

My absolute and all-time favorite is “Connector”. I made a trip to beautiful Chattanooga, Tennessee and was in awe by the amazing historical pedestrian bridge connecting the downtown area of Chattanooga. I was dealing with a few things in my life, and the moment that I saw the bridged it signified a sense of connection and strength for me. Capturing that shot has impacted my life in more ways than one. It came to me at a crossroad in my life, and gazing into the print drove me the way that I needed to go to do better for myself and others. Seeing that print, which is hanging in my workspace, is always a reminder of strength, prosperity, and a reminder that patience always makes the ride of life worthwhile and promising a reality in my life. The bridge was doomed for demolition and abandonment for quite a while and simply hung on until someone saw the potential behind it, and now it’s a treasure to the community.

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?

When I first registered with Etsy, I put a few prints in my shop, and wasn’t really taking it seriously. After a couple of weeks, a customer contacted me in regards to a piece that I had available. Her best friend was moving, and that very print captured their special place to hang out and spend time together. She was thrilled to have found it, and needed the print very quickly... her friend was leaving the state in less than a week. It was a very emotional time for her, and I was able to upsize the print for her and have the print delivered to her in enough time for her to give it to her best friend. The process touched my heart and I know that my piece is one that will forever be treasured with them. From that moment on, I was inspired and driven to get my work “out there” in hopes of enriching other’s lives.

What are your goals for the future, both work wise and life?

My vision is to be available for others and provide meaningful works of art that enriches lives. As far as work, I want to find a job one day that is a little less demanding and frees up time for my art, family, and friends. I envision an old farmhouse with a garden with plenty of space to invite friends and family to wind down and enjoy the simple things in life, which are most important.

Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?

Be patient. It is simply the hardest thing to do, but the most rewarding in the end. I know that when the right customer comes along, the print that they select has a meaning to it for them, and that alone is the most rewarding accomplishment for me. Simply knowing that someone found a treasure with yourself is one of life’s greatest blessings.

Do you admire and artists/Photographers? (famous or not!)

I am inspired by the local artists. I believe that some of the most beautiful work created comes from everyday people, even someone down the street.

What is your favorite...

Color: Blue

Animal: Freshwater Angelfish

Season: Spring

Movie: Working Girl

Book: Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People

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