Next up in the SFK online gallery is NY/LA based Jacqueline Di Milia . Check it out HERE and discover more below…
(Self portrait by JDM with her Mamiya camera and an SFK + Meredith Wendell strap)
Please tell us a bit about this group of work?
This is a mix of a body of work I call Moon Gardens and other personal work that is casually shot. The Moon Gardens, which is a on-going body of work, has never necessarily been intended to exclusively stand alone – but it’s technique is why I consider it a project of it’s own. They are landscapes collaged, layered, or manipulated all in camera on film. The prints aren’t digitally manipulated. I think the other images still build into saying a similar thing, even though they aren’t made the same way as the Moon Gardens.
Where did you shoot?
The photographs were shot in a myriad of places that, for the most part, I travelled to with the intent of shooting. Some of the images are less planned, and often shot when with friends or at home.
The larger ongoing body of work includes images shot anywhere from Big Sur, Palm Springs, Tulum, Yosemite, Los Angeles, Zion.
What kind of camera do you use?
I shoot 99% of my personal work on film cameras. I own two Mamiya’s which do most of the work, and a 35mm Nikon thats as heavy as a brick.
This year I finally broke down and bought my first serious digital SLR. Though I would use them for work, I just avoided buying my own for a long time.
What are you reading these days?
Well, I’m usually reading something super nerdy and scientific base, a piece of fiction, and then there are the things I read religiously. I just finished this great book Mind, Life, and Universe: Conversations with Great Scientists of our Time. Its a collection of conversations with greatly influential scientists. It pieces things about the bigger picture together without stating that as an intent. The Varieties of Scientific Experience by Carl Sagan is next. I don’t have a piece of fiction picked out yet – but I am always reading poetry by Richard Brautigan and Carlos Williams Carlos. All of these things have a good deal of influence on my work.
Oh and what is the mystery bug in that image?
It’s a Phidippus Johnsoni – or a red back jumping spider.
I got into spiders when I first started living out in Los Angeles. There were so many everywhere, and so many varieties. Previously, I had been bitten by a brown recluse so I kind of have a thing about maintaining good spider karma. Which involves not killing them and respecting their space.