Let me introduce to you this week’s Guest Photographer, Jessica Stewart! Last week we had an European expatriate living in the USA and this week we switch things around. Jessica moved to Rome in 2005 and currently, among other things, runs a photoblog about her experiences from a foreigner’s point of view. The blog is called RomePhotoBlog and she reports daily on the sights and highlights of Rome’s every day life. It was Jessica’s ability to capture depth and emotion in a variety of natural night lighting situation that first captured my eye and made me wish to feature her here on The Carey Adventures.
The RSS feed for her blog can be found here and her Twitter info can be found here. Lastly, Jessica has a fascinating gallery of all her artwork from Rome and other locales on sale through Imagekind. Take a look and see if you can figure out what tomorrow’s Photo Of The Day will be.
I posed the same guest questions to Jessica as I did to Manuel, last week’s guest photographer. Here’s what she had to say:
1. Explain a bit about who you are and the type of photography that interests you most. I’m an American art historian who moved to Rome, Italy in 2005. I’ve been interested in photography since I was a teenager and took some courses in college. I recently started to take photography more seriously again, using it as a creative outlet to show people my views on living in Rome. In the beginning I was more interested in captured art and architecture (which I still love), but lately I’ve come to really love photographing daily street life and just ordinary objects. I enjoy the challenge in capturing these subjects in a new and interesting way.
2. If you could have a paid trip for 4 weeks anywhere in the world just to photograph and report back, where would it be? I would absolutely love to travel to Japan and spend time photographing there. I think visually it’s so different than what I’m used to in terms of color and architecture that it would be a thrill to have that kind of different stimulation.
3. Name two of your photography inspirations. The first is definitely 16th and 15th century painting and sculpture. That’s what I studied and what all my visual training centers around. I think it’s helped me really think about composition and color in my work. The other would be reading magazines that feature great urban photography and design, which give me new ideas. There’s one published in Italy called Kult, that I really enjoy.
4. What do you hope to convey to others through your photography? My whole goal was to give people a sense of Rome beyond the postcards and romanticized versions. To give them the good and the bad of a city, one which I love (and sometimes hate!), one that I’ve adopted as my home.
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