Photochat: Jessie Farley
Who are you?
Hi, I’m Jessie Farley and I’m currently in my 3rd year at Plymouth uni studying photography. I’m 21 years old and originally come from Guildford in Surrey.
How long have you been taking photos for?
I started photographing for my GCSE Art as I was really interested in mixed media and drawing/ painting over my photos. Ever since then photography has been such a massive part of my life, taking up any opportunity to photograph.
What equipment do you use?
Before I came to uni I used to only ever used digital and could never get my head round shooting in film. But after copious amounts of analogue and dark room workshops I started to find myself getting really drawn to shooting in film. I first started with a standard 35mm and now seem to be getting more and more obsessed with medium format. At the moment I am using my very own Bronica SQ-A 6×6, which I have fallen hopelessly in love with. Apart from that I don’t tend to use any fancy equipment. I find too much equipment can be restricting at times.
What made you start shooting?
I think I was 14 and my mum was looking through some of my photos I had taken of beach huts that day, which she seemed quite impressed with. It was after then that I realised I quite enjoy taking pictures and would like to carry it on further.
Who influences you?
I am influenced by a lot of Scandinavian/Finnish photographers, such a Anni Leppala and Jessica Silversaga. I have also been influenced by photographers such as Kaylynn Deveney and Julian Germain.
What are your ambitions for the future?
In the future I would like to be part of a photographic magazine, creating zines and exhibitions for photographers to display their work. However, I’m determined to carry on with my own photographic work as well as working for a magazine.
I also sell books which I make by hand to support my work in a different form to an exhibition. My books are pictured below. If your interested in buying one please email me at Jessie_farley@hotmail.co.uk
Here is a selection of Jessie’s work…