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I strive to create art that is unique to the subject or individual I am photographing while telling a story that is relevant to current events. I am a storyteller, which ultimately translates to my career as a filmmaker.
Jonathan, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as Photographer?
My first passion is music, specifically playing the drums. I have always had a love for visual art, and it's correspondence with music. It was only natural for me to fall into photography one day when my friend asked me to photograph her in a dress using my iPhone.
Who is your inspiration in life Jonathan? How do you stay inspired as a Photographer?
God is my ultimate inspiration; I believe God is the true giver of ideas and creativity.
We all make mistakes Jonathan; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
I don't wish to take back any decisions I have made in my life, good or bad. I have learned a lesson from them which has made me who I am today.
Jonathan, How do you describe yourself in terms of working with clients?
Understanding laid back, and collaborative.
Please tell us, Jonathan, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
I always keep my family first, and I do what makes me happy whether it's Photography, hanging out with friends, music, or just being alone.
Jonathan, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I always like to look at things practically. I show the pros and cons in a situation and most of the time I am able to persuade people to look at things my way which has more pros than cons.
Jonathan, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer.
My three publications in Afropunk Magazine and my feature with GUESS
Jonathan, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I once had a headshot commission for a company. They wanted plain white backgrounds for all of their employees. I convinced the company that taking the headshots outside at a nearby park was a much better look for their companies overall aesthetic.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Stay true to yourself and your work and always network.
Photographer: Jonathan Kirven @j.kirven