10 minutes with Jill Paider

Interviews with Photographers June 10, 2014 10:18 am

When did you first become interested in photography?

My gateway into photography was travel. I was living in London and really enjoyed the process of documenting my trips and having the ability to relive them through photos. Simultaneously, I was in need of a second visa and decided to enroll in a full-time photography course that allowed me to develop greater technical skill and maintain my ability to live in the UK. I have been working as a photographer ever since.

Who were the first artists who inspired you?

Early photographers that inspired me include Atget, Brassai & Cartier-Bresson. More contemporary inspirations include Sarah Moon, Andres Serrano & Mario Testino.

What do you love most about being a photographer, and what do you find to be the most challenging aspect of the job?

I love the ability to create and curate a viewer’s experience through imagery. For me, it never gets old telling a story in the most beautiful way possible. Two of the more challenging aspects of being a photographer are finding time to complete passion projects and adapting constantly to a rapidly changing industry.

Do you think about what the world of photography, for photographers, will look like in the near-future?

I do. I think despite some of the current challenges with distribution channels (mainly print) going away, we live in a world that’s increasingly visual and less textual. I feel imagery will become ever more important and media consumers will become more demanding about the quality of imagery they view- both of which bode well for photographers.

If you could go back ten years, what advice would you give yourself?

I would advise myself to take more risks and invest as much time and energy as possible into building new work.

Any words of wisdom for the up-and-comers?

For up-and-comers, I recommend shooting as much as possible, continuously updating their portfolios and showing their work to as many people as they can.


Jill is based in Los Angeles. See more of her work, here

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