Thank you for taking your time with the interview for #AllArtSupport.
#AllArtSupport 1. Tell us a few words about yourself.
`ScENeYmE I’m Jen, I’m 25 and live in the north of England with my husband and step-son. They drive me crazy, but I love them dearly. Plus, they make good photographic subjects!
#AllArtSupport 2. What is the story behind your nickname?
`ScENeYmE My nickname is a mix of old nicknames I had when I was younger. I have no other excuse for the capitalisation other than I thought it was cool. I realise now that it wasn’t. I went through a stage of hating it and wanting to change it, but when the name change option was released, I couldn’t think of anything else I wanted. I guess I’ve grown to like it.
#AllArtSupport 3. What role has deviantART in your artistic life? Do you use it solely to expose your art or you also make friends and learn? Why did you join?
`ScENeYmE I think deviantART has been a definite source of motivation to better my photography. I wasn’t really interested in photography much before I joined, I’d dabbled a bit but it wasn’t anything serious and I was more into drawing at the time. But then I got my first point and shoot camera and it took off from there. Without deviantART, I don’t think I’d be interested in photography at all. I also wouldn’t have some of the wonderful friends I have now. I initially used it to dump all my drawings and photos, but it has become a lot more than that over the past few years.
#AllArtSupport 4. Could you name some of your favorite artists (painters, musicians, writers etc)?
`ScENeYmE On deviantART my all-time favourite photographer is ~AlexanderB I love his work so much. Other than that, I love the work of Francesca Woodman, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Jacque Lartigue.
#AllArtSupport 5. When and how did you start experimenting with your artistic side?
`ScENeYmE I’ve always been into art. For as long as I can remember, I was always found with a crayon in my hand working on my next masterpiece. I remember being in nursery and drawing a cat which my teacher showed all around the school. I was awesome even back then! I don’t draw anymore, apart from princesses with my six year old niece who is exactly as I was when I was younger. My art developed into photography around six years ago when I started taking photos of my niece when she was born. They were terrible and I’m glad most of them don’t exist anymore. I bought my first dSLR about four years ago and have gone from there, self-teaching myself along the way.
#AllArtSupport 6. What is the one thing you always wanted to do but never got a chance to?
`ScENeYmE There are numerous things that I want to do, mostly revolving around photography like photograph a certain thing or from a certain place. I haven’t had chance to them yet, but I’m only 25 and have plenty of time to do them. I’d also like to go back to university and get a degree in photography.
#AllArtSupport 7. What do you think you'd be doing if you hadn't chosen this path?
`ScENeYmE I seriously have no idea. I care for my husband who is ill, so I’d still be doing that, but I wouldn’t have the friends I have now if it wasn’t for photography. I speak to them each and every day and they keep me sane. I think having something like photography to occupy my mind really helps me too and by hopefully making a career out of it in the near future, I’ll be able to work from home and still look after my husband.
#AllArtSupport 8. What inspires You?
`ScENeYmE Other people inspire me. I love looking at other people’s work and wanting to better my own photography in the same way they have. The improvement I can see in my own work shows that I can always be better and that will always keep me going.
#AllArtSupport 9. What kind of equipment do you use?
`ScENeYmE I use a Canon 550D, mostly with the 50mm 1.8 lens, but occasionally the 55-250mm or the 18-55mm depending on what I’m shooting, I usually shoot portraits, so tend to use the 50mm a lot. I also use a bunch of filters, an external flash and very rarely, a tripod.
#AllArtSupport 10. Of your own work, which has the most meaning to you and why?
`ScENeYmE Probably this one:
It was taken as the Olympic Torch went through my hometown. It was probably a once in a lifetime thing to photograph and I’m glad I went. I wasn’t feeling too well that day and didn’t know whether to go or not, but I’m glad I did. The atmosphere was wonderful. I have plenty of other photos from that day, but this one was a favourite.
#AllArtSupport 11. Which are your top 5 Favorite web pages
`ScENeYmE I’m going to go with the ones I visit most which are Facebook, WordPress, deviantART, Tumblr and Flickr.
#AllArtSupport 12. Your Quote?
`ScENeYmE I don’t have a quote of my own to share, so I’ll share one of my favourites from an amazing photographer.
“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
#AllArtSupport 13. What advice would you give to other Deviants?
`ScENeYmE Find the one thing you love and stick at it. Gain inspiration from others and never think that you can’t do it. There is always room for improvement so if you’re not happy with something, keep trying until you’re happy with the results.
#AllArtSupport 14. Is there anything else you would like to add?
`ScENeYmE Thank you very much for interviewing me!