Shelley Jones is a photographer/film maker, currently working as a freelancer in London and most importantly a friend of Y&Y. Found her through that ‘Space Hoppers in Venice’ video on one of my random vimeo viewing sprees and have kept myself updated on her work ever since. I think it’s safe to say that we’re all quite intrigued by Shelley’s work, more so her concepts and inspiration, so I thought it would be cool to do a mini interview with her. You can have a read of it and see some of her work after the break.
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Thanks for doing this interview with me Shelley! Looking at your work, you seem to touch all disciplines of in terms of digital art. What do you call yourself? A filmmaker? A Photographer? An artist?
My pleasure! I guess I’d just call myself a photographer/filmmaker, I do other things too such as photo-manipulation but it isn’t my main focus.
I found you through your ‘Space Hoppers in Venice’ Project on Vimeo. Can you tell us what inspired you to create that? It reminded me of Dragonball Z!
I’ve never watched Dragonball Z! Me and Mark had bought Space Hoppers randomly the year before in uni and we made a short stop-motion video the year before to celebrate my final day of being a teenager, and then we spontaneously decided to go to Venice and decided to take one of the space hoppers with us to make a short film! The initial film was going to be one of us running around as if we were being chased, really tense etc, and then the ending showing that we were being chased by somebody on a space hopper, but we just ended up doing this in the few hours before we left on our last day, which I’m glad we did as the other film would have probably been terrible!
You were at University then… what have you been up to since?
Since then I’ve interned at JN Motion, and then finally made the move up to London in December after coming up a few times a month for shoots. I’m doing a lot of collaborations with stylists as well as some behind-the-scenes videos for other shoots, mainly portfolio building and networking, which is fun!
What have been the pros and cons of being a Freelancer in London?
The pro’s are definitely that I can choose my own schedule, I feel more creative at nocturnal hours, so it suits me better. The con’s are definitely finding paid work as a lot of shoots I’m doing are for portfolio purposes, so financially it’s tough, but definitely worth it!
I would describe some of your work as quite dark and abstract; how would you describe your work?
I’d definitely agree with dark, I guess it’s also surreal, whimsical, dreamy..
Where do you get the inspiration to create stuff like that?
A lot of my inspiration comes from being in nature, watching horror movies, certain emotions, vintage photographs, surreal/fantasy films such as Jeunet & Caro’s ‘Delicatessen’ and ‘The City of Lost Children’ etc.
What’s been your favourite project?
I couldn’t possibly pick a favourite! The majority of my shoots have been a lot of fun! One of my favourite’s was ‘The Curious Riot’ film which was for my friend Julia Kaspar’s graduate collection, we broke into an old coke works back in Wales and set up a laboratory with lots of test tubes and powder paints and then set off homemade smoke bombs on the old railway track that was there. The whole time we were hiding from the guard who apparently had a huge guard dog, so it felt like an adventure!
Got any new projects in the pipeline that you can tell us about?
I’m working on a few personal shoots, I’m shooting a film at Dungeness Beach in Kent which apparently looks like the end of the earth, and then doing a shoot and a film for Suitcase Magazine which is launching soon.
Fancy collaborating with other artists?
Of course! I love collaborating with musicians (I work with a fantastic composer who lives in Spain who’s composed for several of my films, Jesús Menguiano) as well as stylists, designers etc. It’s great to collaborate with new people and come up with ideas together.
Where can people find your work?