Jaydee is one of the great people we have met in the area so far in our California adventure. She has a fine arts degree from California State University Long Beach, and she is inspired by the California landscape. She has exhibited her work in the US as well as internationally, and is particularly interested in silver gelatin prints and mixed media.
Tell me about how you first got interested in photography, and why?
It actually began when my father asked me if I wanted to purchase his 35mm SLR Minolta. It looked like such a great investment- so I bought it for $250. I started to photograph my brother, using blankets as backdrops. Thinking about that now just makes me laugh... I loved the fact that the camera could capture such great and unexpected moments.
You use manual cameras as opposed to digital, which I'm sure in unusual in this day and age. What is the reason?
I actually don't think it's unusual. It's a complicated medium for the average person to learn. It takes patience to capture an image on film, while digital takes just a few seconds...there's no room for mystery, less time to play and adjust contrast. Using film allows darkroom users more time to experiment with their work.
Who are some of your favorite photographers and strongest influences?
Mark Ruwedel and Todd Gray, Robert Adams and Robert Dawson, to name a few.
Photo: Tecopa Hot Springs
Your web site home page, www.jaydeedizon.com, features your artist statement about the importance of landscape and what it reveals. Can you expand on this?
Landscape says so much about the space we use, whatever the purpose - real estate, commercialism, historical landmarks, tourism, travel, etc. It is a reflection of society.
What are your future goals?
My future goals are to share my landscape documentaries here and abroad, so that others can connect with my work. While every artist want to sell their work, I hope that people can really enjoy my photographs, and not just acquire them.