The MISSBISH Photography Workshop | Jace Lumley
DateJanuary 23, 2017
Photographer: Jace Lumley
Location: I’m currently based in Los Angeles but have been fortunate enough to travel around quite a bit this past year for work.
I haven’t been out here too long. I’m still trying to figure out what makes LA a good base of work for me – it’s an interesting city to work in.
Style: My style is pretty subjective. I try to expose myself to as many different styles of photography and photographers to pull inspiration from. I definitely enjoy photographing people the most.
Equipment: I mostly use Canon equipment and some old film cameras. Outside of that, it really depends on what the job calls for. If it’s a travel story, my lenses will differ from something more editorial in nature.
Photography is all about capturing that moment. What’s the secret?
There is a vulnerable moment when working with people. A moment where they tend to let their walls down and show you more of themselves. It might be the first exposure or the last of the day, but I always work to find that vulnerability with subjects.
How did you get into photography? Tell us about your first experience.
I had an extremely influential professor in college that I studied photography under. He [Patrick Millard] really opened my eyes to the many different forms of photography that people use. It’s such a beautiful craft outside of what mainstream photography shows viewers.
Tell us the story behind one of the most memorable photos you’ve shot…
I would walk around Pittsburgh for hours taking photos on my old film camera when I was studying photography. One freezing day, I took a photo of a lady standing in front of me with a beautiful overcoat and hat on. It’s a beautifully composed photograph on the move, and it feels like it could be a photo by the street photographers I was studying at the time.
It defines why I began studying photography, and a good reminder when I get too caught up in the work part of the industry.
What is a constant source of inspiration for you as a photographer?
Other people and their stories are very inspirational to me. I love to tell stories through images of amazing people doing what inspires them most.
Who has been a great influence or mentor to you and what did you learn from them that you still carry with you today?
My professor, Patrick, was an amazing mentor. He always taught with quotes. One in particular being, “Dare to be naïve.” –R. Buckminster Fuller. It’s important to remember that as an artist.
“Go out and learn through trial and error, research answers about different gear and be confident in using your equipment.”
Tell us three photography tips.
1. Light is so damn important. Learn to use light in your photographs as a natural tool, and you will create stunning images. I promise.
2. Study the medium. Buy a photo book, read an article about a photographer, follow a photo blog. Other styles of photography are very important to creating your own.
3. Learn how to use your equipment. Go out and learn through trial and error, research answers about different gear and be confident in using your equipment.
Finish the sentence…
If I weren’t afraid I would… go to the Middle East and become a war photographer.
I wouldn’t be where I am today if… my parents didn’t sacrifice for my brothers and I to let us follow our dreams.
I’ve been listening to… Childish Gambino – Me And Your Mama.
Kids these days… should focus on reading more books.
I look and feel my best when… my jump shot is on fire. That is the most confident feeling ever.
When no one is looking I… tend to zone out in my own thoughts.
Traveling… has been a blessing this past year.
I respect… people and hard work.