This edition of Life Behind a Lens comes from photographer Jared Jackson hailing from the small city of Easton Pennsylvania. Easton lies right on the Delaware River with Philadelphia ninety minutes to the south and New York City ninety minutes to the east; an unsuspecting geographic hub. With quick access to three extremely diverse cities, what better hobbies to turn to than skateboarding and photography? I’m excited to present Jared’s eclectic mix of skateboarding, urban imagery and wild double exposures.
AMT: You’re an animal, what is it? Why?
Jared: I would have to be a dog. I figure I’d probably have a 50/50 chance of being either a stray or having an owner. I’m willing to take those chances for sure though if it means sleeping whenever I want, playing catch, going for walks, and being lazy all the time if I had an owner.
AMT: What do you find so captivating about skateboarding?
Jared: Skateboarding is my life, its what got me into photography. I have a bunch of skateboarding friends who take photos, and I decided to try it out and I loved it. I love the freedom of just pushing and being able to do whatever you want on a skateboard. The more you progress the more you get addicted to it, it becomes your life. Your creativity can really come out when you skate its a really good creative outlet. Shooting skateboarding is really fun too, there’s not as much room for error though because a skateboarder can’t just pose for a picture, its gotta be in real time, and you don’t want to make the person keep doing a trick over and over again.
AMT: Why shoot film?
Jared: I shoot film because I just love the whole process, its something you really gotta take time for and the patience of waiting to see your photos and the magic moment you finally see them. I love the look of the film grain over the look of pixels. The photos are instantly given soul and just look so much better.
Name: Jared Jackson
Camera(s): Konica FC-1, Minolta XG-M, Holga 120N
Film(s): Kodak Tri-X, Fujifilm Superia, Ilford HP5
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