Photogrpaher: Jonathan Weiner
Born in: Baltimore, MD
Lives in: Echo Park (Los Angeles), CA
Photographs: Portraits, Music and Entertainment
Pixfeedla :When did you start playing with photography?
Jweiner: My first camera was as a freshman in highschool. A Pentax K1000, I was 14 I believe. I learned to shoot film and process in the darkroom. I honestly never put it down once I started.
Pixfeedla: What was the first assignment you were nervous and excited for?
Jweiner: To be completely honest, I am nervous and excited for every assignment I ever have, in the past and still to this day. I feel if you aren’t nervous to some extent, then it means you do not care about the outcome. There is a lot riding on my shoulders, my vision being what everybody is banking on coming to light.
I’d say my first cover shoot would be a good choice for this example. I was sent to NYC to shoot New Found Glory for a cover story with 10 page feature. At the time I was still assisting larger photographers on a regular basis. This was the first time I was being sent somewhere on somebody else’s dime to shoot my own stuff. Having to find locations, gear, studios, ect when on the other side of the country is a daunting task. Then realizing that an entire magazine is banking on your vision. It is quite exciting and terrifying all the same.
Every shoot, large or small, I normally stay up the night before going over every detail in my head. When I don’t feel that anxiety before a shoot, that’s when I’m really going to be nervous.
Pixfeedla: Where do you see your work heading? (this is general, are you sticking
Jweiner: I love music, there is a reason that I am in that world. It’s what I know, it makes sense to me. Photography wise, my favorite thing about photographing people is the ability to pull personalities out of them in a way others may never see. I plan on continuing in music, as well as expanding to more entertainment/personality fields in the future. As long as I’m making a living making art, I am well ahead of the curve.
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• 25 September 2012 • 3 notes