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Interview with Ryan Jorgensen Photographer / Digital Manipulation, TAS, Australia
EWW: I am curious to know what qualities of your work would others comment on first?
Ryan: The quantity of works in my portfolio would be the most obvious thing people notice when first perusing my work. I’ve got a razor-sharp focus which is a positive and negative, usually equating to a 7-day waking work week, while the dishes pile and lawn unkemptly photosynthesizes. Thank goodness for the local wallaby lawnmowers, otherwise, my house would be lost to the grass.
EWW: What qualities of your work would you comment on first?
Ryan: My work is a little quirky, I think my odd personality seeps into it aesthetically. I’ve never really had any artistic idols, so haven’t had any background influences guiding my style, I just tend to go in whatever direction feels right. My editing style (as with my choice in subjects) change from season to season, so this adds to the overall randomness quirk.
EWW: What are your overall challenges in doing your work?
Ryan: Finances are the biggest challenge in my work. If I had crazy money, I could do some epically elaborate themes. I’ve spent most of my career working with faulty equipment and a shoestring budget, but this kind of adversity only build character in personality and character in artistic creations.
EWW: When doing a shoot, what are the challenges?
Ryan: the constraints from market competitiveness on subject matter feasibility. I would have an endless choice in the subject matter with a highly converting folio, but getting a return on investment is a tricky gig in the competitive modern photography market. It’s been a blessing in that it has forced me to make magic with low budget subjects, one could class this an art form onto itself.
EWW: You have several galleries in your portfolio. Do you have a favorite? Why?
Ryan: I’m loving the style of pop art at the moment, so that would be my current favorite, however on a broader scale I’m a sucker for vintage fashion themes, so pinup would be my ultimate favorite. Not sure why this subject grabs me so much, maybe I was a flapper in the last life. I used to adore the horror genre, that was until I found out about the real horrors that go on in the higher echelons of power (see whistleblowers Ronald Bernard, Fiona Barnett etc.) I’ve since turned off horror. I have trouble even viewing this genre now.
EWW: Excluding subject matter, are there themes that consistently run in all your work such as colors, perspective, lighting, movement, style, etc.?
Ryan: Probably creative rebellion to technicality. Nothing irks me more than rules, and when people purport to constrain the art form of photography, I do my utmost to break these preconceived deceptions. Real photography is art and in art, there are no rules.
EWW: Do you think it is important for photographic artists to have their own website, in addition to another gallery they appear on? If so, why?
Ryan: I do think it’s highly advantageous to hold your own domain, especially if that domain has a cart for direct conversions. You’re doing yourself a disservice If you’re only selling on open marketplaces, as its competition city, with any search deviations equating to lost sales. If, however, you can direct traffic to your own little corner of the internet, conversions will be a lot easier (especially should the buyer decide to peruse other pieces on the site).
EWW: Do you use social media platforms to market and promote your work? If you do use social media platform, which one(s) work the best for you?
Ryan: I did have a solid go with DARPAgram (AKA Instagram) but didn’t have much success. I think it may have been my inability to refrain from dropping truth bomb posts, which ultimately led to me being shadow banned. Personally, I’ve found the only reliable SM for art promotion to be Pinterest, it seems a logical choice with many users hunting for interior color pallets and decorating ideas. When you offer up a ready-made framed print that can be collected to a user’s décor moodboard, an instant sale is a much greater chance.
EWW: Do you have any advice for individuals just starting to explore photography?
Ryan: *DON’T DO IT…. lol *jokes. It’s by no means an easy task, but if your heart is in photography, and you’ve got the determination and stubbornness of an Alaskan Ox, then you can make anything happen. The most important thing you can do is write down a clearly defined list of determinable objectives, goals if you wish. Buy a cork board and pin visuals relating to conquering these objectives. Lastly, write down a battle plan for daily to-dos you must complete to meet the above-mentioned goals. If you can train your mind, the world is your oyster.
EWW: Just to wrap up this interview, do you have any final thoughts about you and your work that you think would be important for others to know about?
Ryan: It’s a blessing to be able to do what I love, every day. To all the artists out there, enjoy the ride that your art brings. Create what you love and create it often. Embrace the terrible work of your past, it’s the rugged footholds in your expansive artistic journey.