Words Stefania Tejada
When did you first feel the desire to work towards photography?
I’ve been studying/working with photography since I was about 13-14, so about 8 years now.
Where does your need to create come from?
I’ve been creating/making/destroying/exploring/experimenting for as long as I can remember, now. When I was young I would mix anything and everything together for food, or drinks. I would sing everything I did. I’d create stories and characters for my hot wheel cars and I always loved story writing in primary school. Creating is just a natural thing to me.
When did the connection towards the human body start?
I started working with the human body about 4 years ago now, but had an interest in it long before that.
How does nudity speak to you?
I guess I just find the nude body really intriguing, the shapes, the variations. Society has so many issues with the nude body and that has definitely played a role in my work with nudity.
What do you see in the human body and how does it make you feel?
Variation. The fundamental reason for working with the human body is variation. I love that two people that wear the exact same size clothing will still have completely different body shapes.
It makes me feel good knowing that everyone’s bodies are different and I think everyone should find comfort in that. There is no one ideal body.
What do you hope to make the viewer feel?
My work isn’t really based on making viewers feel specific things, it’s more open to personal interpretation or experiences. I don’t like the idea of trying to restrict my work to a specific audience either. Hopefully different people will all feel different things when viewing my work.
What’s your perspective towards the importance of body language?
Body language and posture affect the image 100%. They can turn a soft, sensual image into something degrading and objectifying with even the slightest altered body language.
Tell us about Collection III.
Collection III is a collage series that I played around with this year. Each piece was printed, ripped and collaged within 2 minutes. The process was meant to restrict me so that I couldn’t overthink anything. If I wasn’t happy with the composition after two minutes I just had to deal with it. I never extended the time for any of the images.
Where do your influences originate?
I’m influenced by so many things it’s hard to keep track. I often find myself online for hours on end searching from things like ballet poses to celebrities famous last words. There is inspiration in everything if you look for it.
How would you describe your aesthetics?
Hmm, I’m not too sure. I think I work with a lot of different aesthetics, colour/black and white, hi res/low res, clean and crisp images/cheap tacky iPhone filters, high quality prints/low quality scans. I suppose I don’t really know what I like the most so I constantly alter my aesthetics.
Tell us about your creative process.
Messy. Very messy. I’m super disorganised and I get distracted by everything so easily. I generally have about 5 projects going at once and I never really finish anything.
Do you partake in any other forms of art besides photography?
I’ve recently begun to work with text and ‘poetry’ but it's still very, very early stages. There’s bits and pieces up on my second Instagram account - @secondhandidiot. Other than that, my creative skills are extremely limited.
How would you describe the connection between nature and the human body?
There isn’t so much as a defining connection because the human body is literally nature. They are the exact same thing; a part of each other.
What’s your perspective towards the natural human body without the social mindset?
From my perspective our bodies are something natural, something to embrace and to be comfortable with. Society has taught us to hide ourselves and has taught us to be ashamed of our differences.
What could we expect of your next exhibit?
I don’t have any exhibitions coming up until a group show in March/April with my Uni friends, so I’m not entirely sure yet!
Who is J-Dart and how does he connect with photography?
I’m a 21-year-old photography student from Melbourne and photography and art is the only thing I’ve ever really been passionate about.