Brianna Jones

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Brianna Jones (b. 1995) is a Zimbabwean based photographer. She works abstractly, exploring the natural landscape to convey a sense of emotion.

View her photographs produced during this year, along with her year-end interview below:


When you started the programme what genre of photography were you interested in and has this shifted over the course of the year?

When I began at Orms CTSP, I was most interested in nature photography. As the year has progressed I have stuck by this interest and have found that when taking these types of images, it is where I am most relaxed and what I most enjoy. Though I have also discovered a fascination with working in an abstract way.

Analogue (film) or Digital photography and why?

I enjoy both film and digital photography. Film photography and the darkroom take you into another world where time passes slowly and your image appears like magic on the paper. But I also like having immediate access to my images, where I am able to correct on location and in post, digital photography gives me this access.

What subject matter do you find yourself drawn to?

Colour and shape is what catches my eye. Especially so in nature. Sometimes I see it in the clouds, in the blue vastness of the ocean, or in the tree canopies.

Pick three words/phrases that describe your approach to the medium?

Exploration. Minimalist. Subtle.

Why did you choose to study photography?

I have always enjoyed photography. I chose to study it because I wanted to further my knowledge and understanding, in the hopes of making this a career.

What has been the most noteworthy shoot/project you have done this year?

Working on my creative portfolio has been the most enjoyable and freeing of projects. It has given me the chance to let go, explore and go beyond any technical rules. It is during this project that I have discovered my enjoyment of abstract work.

Who is your biggest photographic influence at the moment and how?/why?

Annie Leibovitz. She has such a great passion for photography. Her artistic style is interesting. She is sure of what she wants and she puts in the effort to achieve it.

What has been your biggest misconception about photography as a practice?

That photography is just capturing an image. It is so much more than that. It is an art and an image is made rather than just captured.

What is the most valuable thing you have learned on the course?

Photography is a voice, a language, a style. It conveys messages and meanings and can be used to shed light on an issue or hide something. I have learned to consider my images and what message I might want to say.

What advice would you give to anyone seriously considering applying for the course?

If you decide to take on this course, don’t stop exploring at any point in the year. Explore your camera, subject matter, creativity, technicalities. Keep that interest and fascination part of every assignment. There is always a chance to push ideas further and always something new to learn.

How has photography shifted the way that you navigate the world?

I have realised photography is a great opportunity to reach out. Whether it’s to the people you are photographing or to the viewers of your images.