Twelve Views – One World // The interview
Featuring – Molly Jensen
-Please, be so kind to introduce yourself in a few short sentences.
Hello, my name is Molly and I live in the small town of Amherst, Wisconsin. I have a weakness for a good book, can’t resist sweets, and love music. I’m also very excited to be part of this project.
-When did you start taking photos?
I had pretend cameras when I was little, and then I graduated to the plastic Barbie camera when I was about 8 years old. I have many memories of my dad’s “big camera” with “the long thing that changes” (the lens) and I always wanted to just hold it. It wasn’t until a couple years ago when my dad upgraded from film to digital that I started stealing his camera and seriously feeding my photographic eye.
-Do you consider yourself a professional photographer or do you take photos just for fun?
I take photos for fun. My friend’s parents did give me some money for taking my friend’s senior pictures. (I told them not to bother.) But being paid once doesn’t make me professional.
-Speaking of photography. What’s your favorite genre or style? (Black and White, Portraits, Nature, …)
This is tough. I like black and white because it gives the photo a very crisp look. I like sepia because it puts off a warm feeling. I don’t think I’m very good at portraits, but I love how much you can capture about a person in a portrait. For my own photos, I like keeping them on the natural end of the spectrum, versus over editing them.
-How did you hear about our project and why did you decide to participate?
I saw a post for TVOW before the first edition started, and I was fascinated by the idea, so I followed it. Then while reading the interviews for the second edition, I could relate to all of the photographers responses to the questions. So I finally got the nerve to contact Frank about participating in a future edition and when he responded saying I could participate, I was over-joyed.
-Do you believe in the expression “A picture is worth 1,000 words”? If so, why do you believe it’s true?
I believe the expression, but I don’t believe every person has the same 1,000 words. Pictures can evoke different emotions for different people, so the 1,000 words won’t be the same if the people feel differently about a photo.
-Do you think that a person must possess talent to capture emotion and expression in a picture?
Maybe not to capture it, but finding it is where the talent comes in. Some people don’t have the patience to wait around for a baby to crack a smile or a dog to perk its ears. Some people move too fast to see the frown on their sibling’s face or the curiosity in their friend’s eye. To be able to be patient and slow down, that’s where the talent comes in.
-What do you enjoy most about photography?
The sound of the shutter. Hah. I love the sound of the shutter. That, and it has a way of relaxing me. I could come home from a stressful day of school, pick up my camera, and snap a few pictures of random objects around my house, and I would feel so much better than I had when I’d come home. It has been a great release for me this last year, and I like that at the end of the day I have something I can show people and say, “This is how I kept my sanity this year.”
-What attracts your eye when scouting for photo subjects?
One of my friends observed that I take pictures of things that normal people take for granted. So, I suppose the little things attract my eye. For example, these pens by my computer could be a good photo. I once organized the magnets on my fridge for half an hour to get the right shot. I’ve even taken photos of my cell phone.
-Last but not least, Do you want to say something to the TVOW/photography community?
I cannot express how excited and happy I am to be part of this project. The photos that people in this project have posted have been inspiring. I’m blessed to have this opportunity to get my photography out there, and I hope people enjoy my photos as much as I’ve enjoyed taking them.
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