Artist Feature – Sebastian Jones

Would you care to tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to be a photographer?

My name is Sebastian Jones, and I am in my last year of high school in the UK, next year off to St Andrews for Uni. I think calling myself a photographer would be a slight exaggeration, I just enjoy shooting photos every so often! My godmother gave me a digital camera when I was about 12, and I have been playing around with photography since then.

Do you professionally work as a photographer?

Not officially, I have started an events and clothing business called “agi” and I hired myself to do some photoshoots of our models. I think I would hire myself again, this shoot went pretty great!

Why do you like to take analog pictures? Do you shoot digital as well?

Analog photography has only captured my imagination quite recently, as an aspiring photographer I was attracted to the lack of “automatic” on old 35mm cameras, I wanted to learn to set up the picture manually, setting aperture, ISO, focusing, etc. But now I am quite excited by it. The slow process, having to really think about my shot, not just snapping away. And then when I develop the film, and scan it, there is nothing like that feeling. And nope I no longer shoot digital. I am hooked!!

Do you have a favorite subject to photograph? If so, why?

So far its shooting models, I really enjoyed the experience. Finding a cool location that fits the project, sharing stories with some awesome models, and then showing them the photographs. I seriously think they shared my joy upon seeing the shots for the first time.

What’s your favorite analog camera?

I only have one at the moment, an old Olympus OM-2 that my friend’s grandfather gave me. I started doing some research and I am looking into Leica’s. My business would have to do seriously well before I could justify buying one of them though.

Do you have a favorite revolog film?

I purchased 2, Streak and Texture. I have only had the pleasure of using streak so far, and I was absolutely blown away. The look is absolutely beautiful and seems impossible to replicate in photoshop. I will definitely be buying quite a few more!

Any advice for other photographers?

Yeah! I would urge anyone to try out 35mm. Forcing yourself to understand everything that goes into taking a good photo and developing a unique style based on your choices of settings seems so important. And then go even further and look into different types of film! Especially revlog, these rolls of film can absolutely fuel creativity and take a shot from cool looking, to uniquely beautiful.

Do you have any future projects you’d like to talk about?

I certainly do! My business is called agi, you buy clothes and you are invited to all of our events, and all the events we promote. Every collection of clothes from a different artist from a different country, and all excess profits go to establishing these artists, that will often be in third world countries. Check out some more pics as well!

Film used: Streak

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