An Interview with Jordan Tiberio: Portraiture in Flights of Fancy

With the eyes and hands of an artist since her youth, Jordan Tiberio is highly influenced by vintage aesthetics surrounding her home. Her fresh oeuvre channels a bygone aesthetic but timeless beauty, a mix of pre-Raphaelite and contemporary flavors for fleeting moments of romanticism.

"I like to think of my childhood self when making my work— what would she think was beautiful, what would she look at in wonderment, for more than just a few seconds?"

Read our full interview with Jorrdan here at Lomography Magazine.

Hi Jordan! Firstly, we're so glad to have you here in Lomography Magazine. Firstly, you mainly shoot portraiture and fashion. May you please share us how you started and got in to photography?

Art has always had a huge presence in my life, and I began drawing & painting at a young age. One of my sister’s and I used to use our parent’s furniture as our canvas more times than they liked, and I’d scribble on toilet paper when I ran out of room in my drawing pads. In my teen years I fell into photography after breaking my mom’s camera, thus banned from using her new one. With all my 16th birthday money I bought my first camera and have been shooting ever since. I fell so in love with photography and nothing else gives me quite the same feeling that it does.

Your photographs are akin to rococo-style paintings -- romantic, soft, light yet colorful. May you further describe to us your style?

Yes! Rococo-Style paintings as well as Pre-Raphaelite works are strong influences in my imagery. I’ve always held an interest in anything from the past, and surround myself with many antiques which I’ve collected over the years. I like my work to reflect this same timeless feeling that the objects I collect do.

Lately, I’ve been focusing more on the mundane objects we may interact with on a regular basis, breathing a new life into them that makes them worth looking at for a little while longer. From 99 Cent Store table cloths, to spaghetti, or a bushel of flowers, I’m finding the odd that exists in the ordinary and making them significant in my photographic world.

What inspires you in your photography? Whom/what are your creative muses?

Florals have been such a huge inspiration for me the past few years, so I suppose you could call them one of my creative muses. My Nana was an art teacher, and a big reason why I fell into the arts in the first place. She has also been a gardener for as long as anyone can remember, so playing in her yard amongst the flower beds and raspberry canes, and climbing trees and throwing crab apples were some of the best times of my childhood.

Those memories and the feelings which come in hand with them inform my work today. I like to think of my childhood self when making my work— what would she think was beautiful, what would she look at in wonderment, for more than just a few seconds?

As a photographer, what are your ways in making you sure you grow in your craft? In which areas would you like to hone your skills further?

I am constantly showing my work to people whose opinions I value, and asking for their feedback on how I can improve said work. Going to college for photography, we were always warned to never make work in a vacuum after we graduated, and I haven’t let a day go by without remembering that.

There is no way to grow if you don’t show your work to people, and all I can hope for is to continue evolving as a photographer. The areas where I believe my skills need to be honed further would be to reach out to even more people than those in my network now. It’s always good to push yourself and remember some things you need to make happen for yourself, rather than waiting for them to happen to you.

What elements do you usually look for when composing photographs?

Color is a really big one for me, as I like to make it as much a prominent subject of the photograph as the person, place, or thing in the image is. I’ve always had an affinity for the harmonious interaction of colors, so when I’m out location scouting or putting together a wardrobe for a shoot, it’s usually the most important element in consideration.

How would you personally define 'portraiture'?

The photographer’s interpretation of their subject. And in the best circumstances, a collaboration between the photographer and the subject.

Have you worked on analogue/film photography? If yes, may you share to us what attracts you to the medium?

Yes! When I was in college especially, I shot everything from 35mm, to medium format, and 4x5. I love the magic which comes along with shooting film. The feeling of developing your own roll and printing it in a darkroom is unmatched in the world of digital photography. Though one could choose to shoot digitally in the same manner one shoots analog, it is so easy to shoot a hundred frames in a few minutes without really thinking about it. When I shoot film I move so much slower, which in turn makes me feel more connected with the image, even without seeing it immediately.

Beauty is subjective. What is your definition of beauty in a person?

It’s so cliche of me to say that the beauty of a person has nothing to do with their outer appearance, and everything to do with what’s inside, but it’s the complete truth! I think beauty and empathy are two words which coincide with each other. I don’t believe you can have one without the other.

The most beautiful people I have met are those which are the most empathetic, selfless people. Being able to feel for another person and listen to what they have to say with an open mind is so important.

What's next for you? Do you have any upcoming project you'd like to share?

We’re about to enter about 5 months of cold, cold winter here in New York, so I always like to give myself a winter project to do within the confines of my warm home! I started a project last winter I never finished or showed, so I plan to continue it. It involves freezing my photographs in ice and rephotographing them that way. Keeping it appropriate to match the weather outside my window.

If you enjoyed our one-on-one with Jordan, read our feature or visit her website, Instagram and Tumblr for more of her works. Images used are with permission from Jordan Tiberio.

written by Ciel Hernandez on 2016-12-10 #people #portrait #romantic #portraiture #rococo #art-photography #portrait-photography #jordan-tiberio

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