Interview with Jon Trend
Question 1: When and where did you begin photography?”
Answer: “I picked up my first camera in 2014 after I finished studying music. Cashed in my spare change and bought this small point and shoot from the electronics store . I drove to the beach to photograph the ocean and never looked back.”
Question 2: “What is one characteristic that you notice in all successful photographers?”
Answer: “Always have your camera with you. All the greats I look up to never missed a moment. And if they did it’s because they were photographing something else. If you see something and even think about taking the picture…take it. I’d rather take a picture I never look at again than wonder if that image could have been something beautiful.”
Question 3: Why do you take photos?
Answer: “I love it. It’s really that simple. The sense of freedom, the dive to capture life and create something timeless. Being able to capture an emotion within a 1000th of a second to create perfect harmony in the chaos of everyday life is what I strive to do every time I pick up my camera. The fact that I will never run out of subjects or things to photograph is why I keep shooting.”
Question 4: Do you prefer film or digital? Why?
Answer: “As of late, film. Getting back to the roots of photography and stripping away the technical variables that come with shooting digital. I have never been one to manipulate my images and if I do it’s very small details. So it only feels right to just have to worry about me and the subject. Who or whatever that may be.”
Question 5: What is one key takeaway for any readers that feel they're creatively stuck?
Answer: “Take a walk. Every time I’m feeling uninspired and my surroundings seem to become repetitive I take a walk. I still take my camera with me but shooting isn’t my focus. I try to force myself to see something new, clear my head, people watch, talking to strangers. Picking up a photo book is never a bad idea either.”