Q&A with Becca Jones

We worked with photographer Becca Jones to capture our TIME collection in a series of graphic images. Here we delve deeper in to the inspiration behind her work - photography that explores the light, shapes and colours that make-up cities and their occupants. Becca documents architecture, design and life as a means of celebrating the every-day.

How did you first get into photography?
I didn’t consciously get into photography. I studied illustration and used photography as a medium to draw from. Often, I’d prefer the photograph to the drawing, so it kick started there. I then began thinking of photography from a drawing point of view, I was constantly looking for interesting compositions, trying to take photos that were worthy of being a drawing, so I guess that taught me to look through the camera a bit differently.

What do you like to photograph?
The ordinary parts of the day that you might overlook, interesting shapes and colours that you find in the make-up of the city and the people that occupy it. Something that you wouldn’t look twice at, but through my photography, you might just do that.

 

What inspires you?
Friends and family continuously inspire me, I’m very lucky to be surrounded by talented people who design, draw and make. They influence me from all different design perspectives, and as a result, I often take a multi-disciplinary approach to my projects.

How would you describe your photography style?
Quite simple, I don’t like to over-embellish or edit too much. I like to be as true as possible to what is there. I think life does a pretty extraordinary job of making things look good, so I don’t feel the need to change that too much.

What's the best thing about photography?
It’s the most accessible art form out there. A universal visual language that everyone understands, and it often speaks louder than words. It’s arguably the most real art form.

What's the worst thing about photography?
It’s the most accessible art form out there. Just kidding, this is great, but it does come with its drawbacks.

Do you practice another art form? (If so, which?)
Yes. I find it hard to stick to one station, I’m constantly dipping my nib in different types of art, mostly in the 2D realm. I love to draw, paint, write and make books. The best part is when they all come together, that’s partly why I like working editorially. I find it exciting when different disciplines are sat next to each other, complimenting one other, one saying something that the other can’t, and vice versa.

What was the most significant visual moment in your life?
This is an interesting question and not something I’ve thought of before. I think seeing Gaudi’s buildings in Barcelona at about ten years old and realising that art didn’t just have to be a painting on a wall. It can be integrated into all parts of life, a building, chair, window and all of those things together.

What's the thing you most hope to accomplish?
To create work that is doing some form of good. To hopefully be ethical and sustainable in whatever I do. Avoid leaving a negative footprint. Hopefully making work that people enjoy and sheds a light on something.

What are the most important questions to you?
I guess in relation to my last point, how can we strive to be better sustainably and ethically in art and design? How we can do our little yet significant bit in helping the planet?

Instagram: @becca_jpg

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