JACKSON HEELEY

I've always been a comfortably confident person. Since I was a child, I wasn't afraid to speak up and let people know what I think. I'm confident in my work. If I wasn't, I wouldn't put it out there as a representation of myself. I definitely take confidence for granted. I was always confused by people [who were] afraid of public speaking; I'm a natural loud mouth. If I'm nervous or unconfident, I know it will pass, so I pretend. Fake it 'til you make it.

 

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It may be hard to believe but I never intended to photograph the women I do in such a way when I first began taking photos. I was a film-making student that did a photography class at university. An assignment required me to capture a portrait of someone. I took a photo of a female friend and my work snowballed from there. At this point I have some pretty strong opinions on sexuality, vulnerability, and ownership. I think my work has actually shaped how I view women. Five years ago, I would view my work and see a sexualised woman. At the stage I'm at now, I'm able to deconstruct the image as a whole. I see women empowered and in ownership of their bodies. It's really important that I represent my subjects appropriately.

 

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Physically [communicate]. If I'm working with a woman that doesn't work in front of the camera regularly, she isn't going to understand the visual language through my speaking. In basically all of my work I end up having to physically pose and show my subject what we're looking for. I can only imagine how stupid/sexy I look. I don't call it glamour photography because I don't feel like it is. I call my work "boyfriend" photography. The images feel more intimate and friendly, my subjects are not paraded and shown as trophies, instead [they are shown as] people of strength and personal sexual ownership. 

 

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I never really considered the level of spontaneity in my work but I guess I find something that inspires me and use it as a tool to communicate ideas. I'll plan out small things, perhaps I want to use a particular lighting style but other than that I kinda go with what's happening. The best way to get anything of value out of my subjects is to make sure they're comfortable and relaxed. I chat, I just talk constantly. Not small talk. I get to know who I'm working with and reassure them they're in good hands and have value to me. One thing that does bother me is people coming in and out of the shoot on their phones. It's not the end of the world but it can really put a stop to good momentum. 

 

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One of the most challenging aspects of my work but one that I am truly grateful for is that other artists exist. I create something and immediately find someone on the Internet doing it better. The best way to learn anything new is by trying to deconstruct a finished product; learning from the environment you want to exist in. I'm constantly learning new things and adding tools to my box.

 

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Saying I'm optimistic would be weird. I'm just excited to graduate next year and see what's up. I'm working with two close artist friends, @lewismartinphoto and @goodrichkeem as part of the @yasuke.collective working on music video, short film and travel content. I'm excited to grow as a team on that. Myself, I want to see where photos can take me. In October I'm doing a tour of Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney shooting some bubs. November I'm doing some photo and video content in Bali for a fitness client of mine and in December-January my university is sending me on assignment to China for four weeks. I have insta pals and photo friends asking me to come through in London, Toronto, New York, and LA. The plan is to hit a few spots next year with the Yasuke boys but it all comes down to budget. I don't need to be a millionaire but I do want to work towards the fly in career lifestyle. I want my work to take me on holiday.

 

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The end of civilization will be caused by: Political correctness. 

 
















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02 // Nicole Thorne // nicolethorne
03 // Paige M. Evans // paigemarieevans
04 // Crystal Pringle // crystal_pringle
05 // Talleigha // talleigha
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10 // Nicole Thorne // nicolethorne
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12 // Amy // amyrules1
13 // Jady // jadybabyyy
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Jackson Heeley // jacksonchristopherheeley // jacksonheeley.com

 

JUNNNKTANK is an online zine which has existed in one form or another since 2006.
For over a decade, the focus has been on highlighting the efforts of inspiring individuals and artists from around the world.

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