Jon Shireman is a master photographer.
I value knowledge of the history of photography and think every photographer should be well trained in the actual craft of photography. Even if in the end they choose to ignore all the rules and traditions. Few photographers I know are as well versed in photography as Jon. Fittingly I met Jon Shireman at Craig Cutler Studio many years ago, where I was able to see true knowledge of the medium at work.
Much of photographic culture is being lost in the digital age and sometimes it feels to me that I speak a language that is dying. People coming to photography post the digital revolution, who never studied alternative & traditional processes; and the many facets & applications of photography, speak a different language. And so the work of Jon Shireman is even more precious to me. Him and I can converse fluently in photography.
NC: Tell us about yourself.
JS: I was born in suburban
NC: How did you discover photography?
JS: At a very young age I watched a documentary on PBS about a photographer whose name I don't recall. I remember being transfixed by the darkroom process. It was magical. Later on in college I had a professor who really opened my eyes to all the possibilities photography has to offer.
NC: Where do you find inspiration?
NC: How do your projects come about?
JS: I have ideas that tend to coalesce over time. I envision these little bits and piece floating over my head, eventually they mix and match, combine and I have a new series of photographs. It's so satisfying to complete a project which can be in the works for years and to know it couldn't be any better because I've allowed the process to grow unfettered.
NC: What's next?
JS: Asia, going to Hong Kong,
NC: Thank you so much!
You can see more of Jon's work please visit his website: www.jonshireman.com.