We’ve taken a moment during a beautiful summer week to chat to Jennifer Hollands about her photographic inspitions….
What first drew you to photography?
I’ve been interested in photography since I was a teenager and bought my first 35mm film camera in the 1970s which was a Practika MTL made in East Germany.
What is your favourite photographic memory, and why?
One of my favourite photographic memories was taking pictures of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 when I was at Admiralty Arch, in London, endeavoring to capture pictures of the Queen in her golden coach as she passed by. It was very hard as there were so many people around me so, once the Queen had passed by I concentrated on taking pictures of the crowds.
Who is your favourite photographer, and why?
My main area of interest is in portraiture and I’m looking to see how modern photographers portray their subjects, be it a simple head and shoulders shot or one encompassing their surroundings. One of my favourite photographer is Anne Geddes who specialises in baby and child photography in the most unusual settings, see attached image. Her imagination is truly inspring. The picture I’ve attached is a fairly simple one but you can find some very unusual, eye-catching ones on her website.
What would be your ideal camera, and where would you take it?
I did a lot of work with medium format cameras in the 1980s/90s and was amazed at the quality. These days Fuji has a medium format digital camera which is much more portable but with exceptional quality and I would like to use one to experience the quality. I would have liked to take it to Iceland, where I should be right now, but my trip was called off due to family illness but I’m hoping to resurrect the trip later in the year. The light and scenery in Iceland seems to be outstanding and I’d like to experience it for myself.
Tell us what you enjoy most about your own work, and what has inspired you recently.
I’ve been studying for a BA Honours Degree in Photography for the past couple of years and find the people and scenery around Lyme inspiring as there is so much variety. Just lately I’ve been using my original pictures and recreating them as photo art which has allowed me to express my work in a completely different way which I find exciting and satisfying.
Do you have bursts of creativity – and when/where are you most creative?
I think everyone has bursts of creativity but in photography, to make a successful image, several elements have to happen. You have to have luck and good lighting and be able to ‘see’ an image and know that it will translate into a good picture. I like the early mornings best when that time of the golden hour before sunrise is showing the landscape at its best.
What are the most important elements of a successful photo?
A strong focal point, interesting lighting and an arresting subject.
Tell us about your favourite photograph, either your own or someone else’s, and please send us a copy if you have one!
It’s very difficult to pinpoint one particular image but I did a series of pictures of characters in Lyme Regis and worked with the late Professor Colin Dawes in his work rooms to try to capture the essence of his personality. I was very pleased with the final effort and I know he was too. That says it all, that I was pleased with my efforts and the subject was too. It was all the more poignant that Colin died just a few months later.
Thanks Jennifer!! More to come later in the week, in the meantime you can visit her profile and buy any of the images you’ve seen and plenty of others!!