Film photographer Jared Brown is hooked on the grain, subtle imperfections, and the way film reacts to different light. Read more about how he got into analogue love and see his nostalgic shots right after the break!
Tell us something about yourself.
My name is Jared Brown. I am a self-taught analogue photographer from Adelaide, South Australia. Although I have recently been traveling around Europe and have now settled to live in London for a while.
How/When did you begin taking pictures? What was your first camera?
I played drums in a band basically full time for the best part of ten years, when that all came to an end it felt like there was quite a void in my life, I needed something to amuse myself, something to obsess over. It wasn’t too long before I was inspired by a friend of mine to pursue the interest in analogue photography that I had been toying with for quite a while. I went out and bought a Pentax K1000 because I was told that it was a great camera to get started on. From then, I always carried it with me, always in my bag, and I shot everything that grabbed my attention. Sadly, I lost the K1000 out of a boat on an adventure one day. I swam down and found the camera and shot the rest of the roll, hardly being able to see through the viewfinder. The next morning the camera was completely seized up but the photos came out with a really interesting result. You can check them out here: As You Are.
Describe your style in photography. What are your usual subjects and themes?
I have had my photography described as nostalgic, dreamy, and free-spirited which I think I agree with. It’s always hard for me to actually define my style because it’s not something that I go out deliberately to create but I could say that I have noticed that more often than not, I lean towards techniques, conditions, and cameras that produce these sort of results. My favourite things to shoot are my adventures with friends, exploring and relaxing by the ocean or out in nature, and images of girls.
Amongst your numerous film photographs, which is your favourite?
It’s hard to pick an absolute favourite but one that I’m loving at the moment is a friend of mine, Bella, from underwater while we swam at a secret beach on the island of Korcula in Croatia. It was an amazing day out, no people around and crystal clear aqua water.
What is the soundtrack for your series of photographs?
The majority of my recent photos were taken on my travels around Europe so the soundtrack would have to be Ryan Adams’ “Heartbreaker” and if I had to pick a specific song off that album it would be “My Winding Wheel.” I gave this album an absolute thrashing while I was travelling. It was my companion on long train rides while I relaxed on the beach and when I was trying to get to sleep at night.
We all have our idols, which photographers do you look up to? Who or what influences your photographic style?
Locally, there is a guy called Luke Byrne who is originally from my home town Adelaide in South Australia. He seems to have a knack of taking seemingly effortless beautiful pictures of friends and nature. As a far as a foreign photographer, Tim Barber would be it for me. I really enjoy the integrity of his photos and I really admire his take on fashion photography. I think he always has his own stamp on the work he produces and it is always relaxed, free, and creatively framed.
If you could take anyone’s portrait using film, can be living or dead, who (would it be), which (camera would you use), and why?
I would love to take a portrait of my great grandfather. I never met him but by all accounts he was an absolute wild man. People used to say he had the heart of a lion and he also had a tattoo of my great grandmother’s face the size of his chest. I would use my Leica M3 for the shot because the camera would have been almost brand new around the time that he died in the war. It amazes me that the M3 its still working and taking amazing pictures to this day.
Analogue vs. Digital. What makes analogue/film photography more special than digital?
I’m hooked on the grain, subtle imperfections, and the way film reacts to different light. As well as the fact that you get to re-live all of the images you capture when its time to pick the photos up from the lab.
Do you own Lomography cameras? Which is your favourite? / Which Lomographic camera would you like to have and why?
The first time I went to Japan, I bought a Diana which i used a few times and which i now have given to a friend who wanted to start taking photos. I have also used quite a a few Lomolitos for parties and nights out on the town. In the future, I would love to get my hands with an LC-A+!
A lot of people are into photography today, what would you say to them to inspire them more?
Lots of cameras = lots of fun! If you’re getting a bit bored with taking photos, buy a new camera. It doesn’t even have to be expensive, some of my favourites were bargains from the charity store.
Aside from your website, do you have other creative online/offline projects? If none, what other creative pursuits do you wish you could explore?
I’m in the planning phase of a clothing and accessories project with some friends I’ve made in East London. It’s still early days but I’m enjoying and trying my hand at some new things.
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