Spotlight #1: Matilda Rose Hill-Jenkins
Welcome to my new thing, where I spotlight a creative lady who I admire in a mini interview. First up, is the brilliant Matilda Rose Hill-Jenkins, a photographer based in London. She caught my eye on many occasions, especially through her work at The Debrief, so when she emailed to say we should collaborate on some pictures I jumped at the chance. I think you’ll agree her style is very unique and I absolutely love these portraits she took on our day out on Hampstead Heath. You can follow her work here.
1. When did you realise you wanted to be a photographer?
Pretty young. Maybe around 13? I have this weird, distinct image of a bunch of kids I knew, round at my house crowded in front of my mirror, four guys maybe, all aged 12-13 and putting make up on. Whenever anyone asks me this question, for some reason I see a haze of small boys and lots of sparkly pink lipstick. I carried a camera around with me everywhere and I took a picture, who knows where that is now.
2. What’s your favourite type of photography?
My favourite type of photography is really different from my own photography, oddly.
I love a good traditional portrait, but I’ve also been influenced in the last few years through becoming friends with such great photographers and working for online photography magazines like Paper Journal and self published photobook promoter and publisher Self Publish, Be Happy, which is also where I met my boyfriend, Jake Kenny, also a photographer!
3. Who are your creative inspirations in life?
The magazines I read, the movies I watch and the books I love. Friends, my sister, certain photographers who I just think are brilliant. I’m obsessed with Alasdair McLellan at the moment.
I think Jake and I influence each other a lot. Our approach to photography is so different, in that I can become obsessed with perfection and he’s obsessed with mistakes. Sometimes there’s something in an image I’ve taken which irritates me; like someone’s foot creeping for example. I guarantee that whatever it is I wish wasn’t there will be his favourite part of the image. It can really help to have a reminder that an image can have imperfections and still be beautiful.
4. What are your favourite locations?
5. What cameras do you use and why?
6. What’s your favourite thing about the process of taking photos?
7. What are you looking forward to?
8. What are 3 things you’ve learned (about yourself or the industry) since you’ve been a photographer?
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