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Today we’d like to introduce you to Jes Workman.

Jes, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’ve had a camera stuck to my hand since I was a kid. I would write dumb scenes about going to Hawaii or fighting with my best friend over who Brad Pitt loves more and record them on the video camera I begged my parents to get me when I was 10. I’d ask to do my class presentations in photo or video form, and I had my mind blown when I realized that film was an actual major in college, let alone a career that I could actually get into. I started shooting some weddings while attending USC and continued to pursue it after graduating from the film program. Six years later and 200 or so weddings under my belt and it still feels like I’m a kid with a camera in my hands.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Most of my inspiration for photo comes from film. I love that the whole moments come together with movement, lighting, sound, and time. I shoot both photo and video at weddings, but with both, I’m always aiming to capture all of the emotion that film can hold. I want my photos to look like stills from your favorite film, and I want my videos to be as memorable as a single photograph. They’re two very different ways of telling a story, and I’m equally in love with both.

How can artists connect with other artists?
It’s taken me a few years to come to terms with the fact that I am not a social artist! I have my work hours alone at home and then do my best to have a social life when I turn my computer off. Most of my friends are creatives, so we naturally end up at concerts or comedy shows but truthfully, the last thing I want to do after a full day of work is talk about my work. I have a handful of close friends in the industry that I text throughout the day, but we’re all the same little work-hermits. If a community is what you’re craving, then, by all means, go to mixers and networking events! But if the idea of that makes you want to pass out, don’t be ashamed of not being super involved.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
The living room table of my couple’s homes! Wedding albums are still the best way to hold these photos that mainly live on our screens. I encourage everyone to put together something tangible every year or so — wedding or not! Scrapbook, print your photos, put together all of that concert footage and those snap chat videos into something set to your favorite song from that time in your life. We have so many incredible ways to capture our memories in 2019. My personal Instagram became a new way of sharing my life separate from my work portfolio, and it’s nice to finally have that balance.

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