October 3, 2015
October’s Featured Photographer: Jay Javier
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I shoot.:) I teach photography for the most part now. I contribute to the making of the next generations of photogrpahers.I am into camera collecting and restoration. I like old photographic processes. I like shooting using the old methods
Taking masterals in Fine Arts and Design.
If you could live anywhere on this planet where would you build your home and why?
The place I am here now. Or any place where it would be great to wander the streets with a camera will be good.
If you could be invisible for one day with your camera, what would you do? Where will you go and what would you shoot?
I believe I can, and have become invisible alread, when doing ‘street photography’… however I would like to opt to do time travel instead..
What is your favourite recent image you have shot recently? Can you describe its creation in regards to location, lighting, composition, camera settings etc. also your thoughts when creating the image and what it means to you?
A recreated photograph. A photograph which looks to have been made during the Philippine Revolutionary era. It was made using a camera which could have been from that time, using techniques from that time, and posing two models as if they had been from that time- the late 1890s. I simulated the daylight/northlight style lighting typical of that era. And made sure that the “hold it” poses for long exposures- necessary for creating that unique 19th century stiff poses- were used to.
How long have you been a photographer? Did you study photography?
30+y ears. Informally through self-studies and reading and practice, and through apprenticeship as well. Wig Tysmans is my main mentor.
How do you educate yourself to take better photos?
Right now, I am into the philosophy(ies) of photography. It’s better to take photography out of photography and replace it with photographs, so to speak. Read what Szarkowski, Barthes, Berger, Kafka, Shore, Sontagg etc have written about photography. Looking at the works of other photographers, both contemporary and past, would greatly contribute to one’s skills.
Check out more of Jay Javier’s works on Fotofabrik’s facebook page.
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