How did you get started in photography?
I started practicing photography in high school. Initially, I was interested in capturing the stage presence of musicians. When I went on to study photography at university, architecture and the urban landscape became prominent subject matter in my work, after being inspired by a summer trip I took to Italy.
How do you describe your photographic style?
My style has a graphic quality, focusing on the basic geometry of the landscape. I flatten the depth of an image by emphasizing contrast and colour and straightening lines in my editing process, making subject matter appear 2 dimensional.
What influences your current photography style?
Weather is a huge influence in my work. Overcast days are ideal for projecting an even distribution of light onto buildings, and for the stark white sky in the background to make the subject matter pop. It makes real life look 2D, much like I'm looking at the final image before I've shot it. To me, it makes everything look dream-like.
I'm also influenced by unique colours and textures of building materials, as well as looking at other photographer's images that have a similar style to mine for inspiration.
How do you decide between color and B&W?
I use black and white when I want the viewer to focus primarily on the form of the subject, where colour may be too distracting.
How do you decide what makes a good photo?
My work is very aesthetically driven, so foremost I want to make sure it's visually appealing to myself and the viewer. I also feel that a photo is successful when it captures a unique way of seeing something that may already be familiar. Maybe it makes the viewer question the reality of the image, or makes them more aware of their urban surroundings to see the everyday world in a new light.
What are you thinking when you take a photo?
When I take a photo, I’m thinking about using my perspective to visually reconstruct the subjects in the frame. I’m looking at how lines from one building may intersect with its surroundings, and what kind of visual relationships I can make by physically moving around the static built environment. It probably looks something like a bad step-by-step dance when I'm on the street, trying to line things up in the frame before I take the shot.
What keeps you going or gives you the inspiration to keep your photographic journey going?
There are so many places I have yet to explore and be inspired by, and this keeps me excited to keep producing my photography. I want to experience everything that I can in order to keep learning and moving forward, not only as an artist but also as an individual.
Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with us.
all images Candice Jinkie Portrait of Candice by photo by Alex Alexandra Votsis