In this new ongoing series "5 Questions on Analogue Photography with…" we send out the same set of questions to photographers. This time, Jane Kenny – fashionista, blogger and Irish lass – answered these and sent along a selection of her work.
Name: Jane Kenny
Occupation: Textile Designer
Country: Ireland (emigrating to London/UK in September)
1. Tell us something about yourself.
Jane is a designer, blogger, photographer, stylist and dj from Dublin. When she is not busy being a slashie and trying to take over the world, she enjoys running amok with friends and documenting life around her. She is an insufferable nerd, a workaholic with a dry sense of humour and too many shoes.
2. Why do you still shoot in analogue?
I love the process of analogue photography. I love the feel of it and the more spontaneous nature. I like that it is a slower way of taking pictures, perhaps I like the nostalgia. I find the quality of the images better, the colours can be amazing, and no amount of photoshop can replicate the grain of film. I also think that subconsciously, only having between 12 – 36 frames makes me think better about what I’m shooting.
3. What are the photographic paraphernalia (cameras, films, and accessories) you usually have in your camera bag?
I usually pack light, most of my film work is spontaneous and more personal. I like using slow films, I prefer the colours I get from them. I like the honesty of not using too much stuff. I love using my Holga, and my old Olympus XA2, although recently I got a 35mm lens for my Nikon SLR which I’m having a lot of fun with. I used to use my lomo fisheye a lot but not so much any more. I love using lomography film, the 120mm 100 iso is the business! Also for 35mm, I love using Kodak 160vc, and Lomography’s 100. I also have a habit of finding out of date Ilford black and white film and using that, it usually gets great results.
4. Share a trick of yours that will always result in a great photo.
Try and make the subject forget about the camera and look at you.
5. Which photographers influence your work?
Photographers that have really influenced my style include Jeurgen Teller – I love his rawness and use of light, Cindy Sherman – I love the way she manipulates herself to explore a theme and Terry Richardson – I guess I’m a little bit seedy at heart?! Old photographers such as Edward Steichen, Cecil Beaton and Henri Cartier-Bresson have been a massive inspiration for me – I love black and white imagery and the ability to capture a mood as well as a beautiful picture, and the ones that really got me interested in photography would be Nick Knight, Mario Testino and Steven Meisel – their sense of fantasy, colour and luxe glamour never fails to impress me.
Thanks to Jane for taking the time to answer these questions! Browse more of her pictures on