Fun, spontaneous, fantastic — these words might just sum up our conversation with photographer and artist Jamie Noise. He has this certain air of candidness around him that's both refreshing and disarming. And that's just the beginning of his quirky artistic photo story. His photos, well, we might need more than three words to describe those.
As expected from a person with such a bubbly disposition, Jamie's photos reflect his personality. What you get is an eclectic mix of incredibly fun-looking portraits and off-the-cuff styling. It's not difficult to see that his subjects are enjoying Jamie's one-of-a-kind spotlight when it comes to the shoot — it just looks like fun from all angles. This style of portraiture reminds us why we love the analogue photography community so much. It's just filled with bigger-than-life characters on and off the camera.
Jamie's photographs are just jumping out of the frame. His angles, the way he uses colors and effects, the mood, the styling — all of these things come together like a symphony of visuals captured on film. And while we're on it, here's what Jamie has to say about choosing film photography: “I love the romance of it, the smell, the feel, but primarily it’s the awesome fucking aesthetic of film that I love. Images shot on film have a real sexy nostalgia to them, like you’re capturing a memory from a different time. Shooting on film seems more special and considered.”
It's a complicated feat, he just makes it look easy. We asked him how a usual shoot goes for him. He said that he really tries to keep it simple but the truth is there's really a lot that goes into each shot.
“I’ve never been formally trained or educated in photography and I’ve got the brain of a goldfish with ADHD, so I just try to keep my setup as simple as possible. I don’t have any decent lighting equipment so I tend to use handheld flashlights or lamps with colored bulbs. When shooting moodier shots, I like to really underexpose the shot then make adjustments in post. As for vibrancy in my images, that’s down to the film and color adjustments. I tend to shoot on Lomography 800 35 mm or Polaroid 600 and like to do color adjustments to individual colors until I’ve got a color palette I’m happy with.”
Throw all of those factors along with his spontaneous approach to photography and you've got yourself a glitzy, glamorous, and moody style. He has this strong idea of what he wants to capture and just lays down all of the cards before hitting the shutter. It's a playful technique, really, but his passion to make art using his camera and some film ties it all up.
According to Jamie, his work is influenced by multiple things: movies, filmmakers, fellow photographers, and artists. Oh, he says that he also likes “how women shoot other women.” Jamie admits he's usually mistaken as a female photographer and that he takes it as a compliment. And that is a big compliment if you ask us.
“I’m not sure if it’s because of my man-tits and tiny genitals. I’m hoping it’s because of the way I shoot.”
That just goes to show that beyond the humorous commentary about himself and his work lies a photographer being recognized for his work portraying women in one of their strongest roles — being themselves.
We would like to thank Jamie for letting us feature his images in the Magazine. Jamie will be stateside this coming November or December. He's currently stoked for his upcoming project that has a kind of dark, psychedelic, Might Boosh-inspired theme to it. Follow him on Instagram to see more of his work.