BeAnalogic.com promotes and spreads the idea of analog photography, that is why we want to learn more about our users! “Outside Fridge” is a section of our website, where we interview our users. Why “Outside Fridge”? Often, analog photographers save their films in the fridge, to maintain the quality of celluloid. Once put, you can “relax and chat” with us. Today we interview Yason Jenkins.
Sebastiano: Who is Astroboyracerx?
Yason: Yo peace! I’m Yason/Jason Jenkins. Now, I am 26 and live on Long Island, NY. I float around in many different modes of expression, with the most consistent from my start definitely being photography, music, and writing.
Sebastiano: When did your passion for photography?
Yason: I think around the age 7, my great aunt Kat let me use her Polaroid, which later became mine. After that I was gifted a Kodak KB10 plastic point and shoot. That led to a VHS cam that I would use to film skate videos and make shorts of anything really. Fast forward to the end of high school I started using a Nikon digital and a Lomo Fisheye. At that time I only shot parties and soon nothing at all. About a year ago I picked up a Yashica 230AF from a thrift spot that my cousin Naq spotted. From that I began to shoot hardcore punk shows, surroundings and Cara, who is my main inspiration in work. With all of this I would say my passion for photography has been recently reignited.
Sebastiano: Do you remember when you took your first film roll pack?
Yason: Since starting again, the first roll pack I used was some Fujifilm 400 in the Yashica 230AF. I mostly shot Cara in my room, and my friend Dylan walking around a park, and back at his house. Since this was my first time really using a SLR again I had no idea how to rewind the film or anything, which led to light leaks and some of my favorite photos ever!
Sebastiano: What do you like about film photography or photography in general?
Yason: Being able to capture a momentary feeling, the blissed gift of sharing that again with your future self and others. To me, film and photography allow me to learn; learning how to work with a specific camera, developing film, etc. Really I think, the physicality of film goes hand and hand with writing, specifically pen to pad, so that constantly connects me.
Sebastiano: What kind of photography usually you shot and what kind of film cameras did you use?
Yason: As of now I mostly about night photography and somewhat unconventional portrait styles. Out of my collection I currently use a Nikon FM10 + 28mm, Pentax ME Super + 50mm, Ricoh AF5d, Ricoh R1s, and a Fujica GP. I really like Japanese cameras.
Sebastiano: What are the characteristics that distinguish you as a photographer?
Yason: My Personal view and private feeling. Nothing I shoot, or make can truly be duplicated in the sense that I am the only one that knows what was going on inside while taking a photo. I figure even the most straightforward of shots can hold the deepest mystery depending on the shooter.
Sebastiano: I see on Flickr that you shoot people and places. Can you talk about your works?
Yason: Going more into the idea that I’m Capturing a momentary feeling, emotion, mood, anything that compels. If I see something, and there’s some type of a warm shock or alert inside, then I try to hold that connection with whatever camera/film stock I have on me. From getting the urge to go out and do something, a lot of my shots are taken on solo night shoots. At night I seem to focus on/be drawn to store fronts and gas stations; definitely because of the lights. Being with Cara, and getting to shoot her at times transfers and teaches me to really find love, emotion and appreciation in my work with others. When I shoot people, I mainly like that to be in scarce or challenging light situations, which is about the same as shooting buildings. Working with whatever light that happens to be near forces me to adapt and learn in camera settings, film choice and even developing. Kind of like a Photographic immersion.
Sebastiano: Who are the photographers that influenced your work?
Yason: No one specific. More so eras, looks, scenes, places, feelings, things like that. For example seeing photos from the Singapore and UK punk scenes. If I really had to pin point I can definitely say the video Slang Aperture pushed me to night shoots, and Adrian Sensicle’s photos of the 80’s London rockabilly scene inspires me to continue testing my hand in BW photography.
Sebastiano: What is the future of film photography?
Yason: I figure the future of film is continual growth so long as love stays in analog work flows. If film shooters stay open and accepting then I believe things will continue to flourish. I will do my part.
Sebastiano: Your plans for future?
Yason: Photography wise, continue to shoot and not hesitate or think about saving shots or “wasting” film. Keep growing in the use of ECN2 films and integrating more BW film into my work. I have a sharp interest in rangefinders, but before anything I want to keep using what I already have, passed the point of these cameras becoming a nature extension of self-expression. I also would like to travel again, as getting to shoot in Japan was a great gift that sparked an even stronger desire to work out of Long Island, so I’d like to get around a little more when given the chance! Also, I don’t really set up or direct shots, nor do shoot nearly as many portrait style photos as I’d like, so I will definitely look to changing in those areas with who ever would happen to be up for the work yo. Plus, I’ll keep giving out prints, and eventually make another zine.
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