Hot on the back of our comments about South Korea’s prominence in young contemporary photography we have another submission. This time Jaejin who is currently living in Ohio, US., These images are playful, yet calm and beautiful and we are excited to see more from Jaejin and from other South Korean’s as every submission we’ve had so far has been gold. See more of Jaejin’s photos here.
BEN QUINTON: Either a pilot or a painter… Painting was what I enjoyed most though. My older brother then bought an slr and would always be taking pictures of the family. Eventually I caved in and borrowed my dads old film camera. I remember near permanently calling my brother for help, to the point where he used to answer the phone with “James’s photography hotline”.
JC: Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?
BQ: I enjoy looking at other genres a lot. I don’t really ever look at any traditional documentary work anymore. Mostly I love architectural photography, and even a bit of interiors work as some of those guys can use light in such a beautiful way.
JC: What are you up to right now?
BQ: I’ve been doing a few look books lately, which has been something quite different for me, but something I’ve really enjoyed. To be honest I never know what im doing more than a couple weeks ahead, which always keeps you on your toes.
Other than that saving up for a project I want to shoot in spring time. I’ve decided I don’t have the attention span for longer projects anymore so I think I just need to go away for a frantic two or three weeks and shoot one.
JC: Have you had mentors along the way?
BQ: My brother James was probably my biggest help me get started, but also Amy Foster at Skinny Dip who now represents me. She was (and still is) a huge help, giving me loads of advice and helping with portfolio edits throughout university. There’s lots of others too including my mates that I graduated with.
JC: Where are you based right now and how is it shaping you?
BQ: I’m actually based in Hampstead after moving to London in February 2012, I was lucky enough to find a cheap room. I can’t exactly say its anything like Hackney or Bethnal Green, its anything but. So not entirely sure if the area shapes me other than allowing me to go for long walks on the heath with the camera in tow instead of a dog.
JC: One piece of advice to photography graduates?
BQ: Just go for it! If you’ve got nice work and your a nice person to be around there’s no reason why someone won’t give you commissioned work. Also keep shooting, always testing, even if it isn’t for anything in particular.
JC: If all else fails - what is your plan B?
BQ: Never really think about a plan B. Maybe become a motorbike paramedic, just because the idea of riding around london on a bike at great speed, not sure I’d do a very good job at saving the patient though!
JC: Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community?
BQ: Yes and no. Inevitably all your friends tend to work in photography in some way. So your surrounded by it all the time which helps as you always have people to bounce ideas off and seek advice from. But sometimes its nice to have a little break from it and go hang out with some non photography mates.