Photographer Spotlight Monday: Jacqueline Fuller
TOAN Magazine Photographer Spotlight Monday Featuring: Jacqueline Fuller
Where you are from: Born in Mexico and raised in South Los Angeles
Current area of residence: Currently residing in Long Beach CA
More Work: jacquelinefuller.tumblr.com
TOAN: Do you have a focus on one specific area of photography, i.e.: fashion, landscape, portraiture, events, etc? If so, which?
Jacqueline Fuller: I don’t really focus on one particular field of photography. But rather, create based upon what is inspiring me at the moment. When I first started photographing back in 2009 I was very much interested in conceptual work and created a series of work based on surrealism. Later around 2011, I stumbled upon street photography, or better yet, street photography found me while traveling back and forth from Long Beach to Downtown LA in train. My work then took a turn and I submerged myself in the streets by capturing the faces and scenes of LA mostly capturing it on film. I then left that work around 2012 and decided that I wanted to learn and get better at portraiture work. So, I began an “Artist Project” which basically consisted on photographing various emerging music artists. This work opened me up to lifestyle and some fashion work and later I found myself getting hired to shoot families, weddings and some events which I still do to this day. Wow, it’s crazy to actually type out this journey! So, to answer your question, nope I don’t have a specific area I focus on. I let the art and inspiration drive me to wherever I’m destined to be creating. I do have to say that lately I’ve been drawn to creating conceptual portraiture. I guess, you always go back to your first love.
TOAN: What are your thoughts on saturation in the photography industry due to social media?
JF: Saturation in the photography industry has it’s good and bad I guess. I’m from the Flickr generation so social media helped to inspired my work and my creativity. It was a place to learn and share ideas with fellow aspiring photographers. It didn’t seem like everyone was out to become famous and go viral or whatever it’s called. It was just people creating art, great art, that soulful art. And all was good. So, in that retrospect, social media was all good when it related to pure, honest photography. Now, with Instagram I feel as if most people have become a bit lazy, They are no longer on the pursue to be a unique voice and showcase their souls and unique visions. Most people are driven by other factors and most works seem a replica of each other. But most importantly, I think that this saturation is teaching and showing people who have NO idea about the art of photography that it’s just a square saturated box which is completely wrong. It is so much more, and it is so beautiful. On the other had, saturation also helps shed a light on those folks really creating from the heart by making them stand out amongst everything else.
TOAN: Because of its origin and some specific knowledge of settings, numbers and so forth, do you consider photography an art, science, or skill/talent?
JF: I think that art is, art. Whether it be from a me, or you, or a one year old. Photography is the person doing it, there’s no need to know how to shoot film, how to light, how to use a camera, how to blah, blah, blah… It just is. This whole idea that you have to have talent or skill is a bit lame to me, there’s no such thing. All there is is heart and soul, and everyone has one.
TOAN: How did you decide on photography as something to commit your time to?
JF: I didn’t really decide that I wanted to commit to photography, it really just happened by being inspired by other artists. Most if not all of my other art work is through inspiration. Lately what keeps me creating photography work is work. Getting paid to do it I have to say has kept me doing it for now. I’m not sure if that would be the case if I didn’t get hired to shoot.
TOAN: What do you imagine to be doing with photography in 6 months? 5 years?
JF: Ultimately, I want to give back. Give back to the youth, I have a vision to inspire kiddos to pick up the camera and really SEE the world. I want to have them witness a sunrise and sunset and watch things change, capture change, and be the change. All through photography.