I’m so honored and proud to be featured this week on the Strictly Business blog of my professional society, the American Society of Media Photographers. I love the work I do and could talk about it for hours, so this brief interview ended up being maybe not as brief as they intended…
We asked: How do you successfully photograph with the viewer in mind? Do you think this effort changes the way you approach your work?
Jeremy said: I’d say I “put myself in their shoes,”
but let’s be honest: we all have different sizes and styles, and I can’t
know what it’s really like to walk through everyone’s diverse and
exotic life experiences. So what I try to do is take everybody’s shoes off.
I’m looking to connect with the viewer on a deep, universal human
level; the level of emotion and vulnerability, of bare feet on raw
earth. The level we often forget about until reminded by something like a
story of a mother’s love for her daughter, or a story about longing for
some sense of home, or about fractured relationships beginning to heal…
And the only way to successfully do this: listening and watching
intently; being fully present to the people and places and communities;
and letting them tell their stories for themselves, as much as possible.