JACK BELLI

IMG_5944CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?

JB: I do my best to have my work fit the aesthetic I am after and to stay very consistent. I love photos that have personality and a feeling to them while still remaining timeless.

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

JB: Everywhere! I love looking at old magazines, obviously the internet and sometimes unexpected things or places give me ideas and inspiration.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?

JB: Usually it starts with a location to shoot at. From their I pick out clothes to fit the character of the home and then cast a model that will tie everything together.

CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?

JB: I really try to capture raw emotion whether its a laugh or anything the model naturally does. I try not to direct too much. I want people to take from my work that it is as natural and candid as it can be. I don’t want my work to look like a set up photo shoot but more a candid moment that I happened to be there to take a picture of.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?

JB: I drink a lot of coffee, hang out with friends, ride motorcycles, plan shoots and work in between!

CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?

JB: For a long time I didn’t really have a direction of how I wanted my fashion work to look. So I was struggling with not only getting consistent results, but results I liked as well. I really dove in and figured out what I wanted out of my work and since then it has made everything so much easier on myself. When taking on a new project or planning a shoot, it has the same basic premise now and I fine tune it for location, model etc.

tumblr_nhz381fYNf1r2erbso1_500CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?

JB: I think being humble and staying true to what you’re about is really important. Also, networking is a huge part.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

JB: I do think that it is extremely important. You could know all the tricks and have the best gear but if you have bad taste, well the photo’s going to translate that way.

CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?

JB: Work isn’t always consistent and you go through times where you don’t feel as inspired as others. But you just have to push through that and you always find new inspiration.

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

JB: I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Shooting photos happened really naturally in my life. I never set out wanting to be a photographer, it just kind of happened. I’m thankful everyday that I get to do this for a living.

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?

JB: It’s always changing. I love finding new photographers, there’s so many out there to look at!

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

JB: I think its cool. I am not a very big camera nerd. I just make due with what I have. Seems to work fine for me.

CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?

JB: I guess so. Any creative will probably see things differently than people who don’t have creative minds for sure.

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

JB: I do! I have been really fortunate to travel quite a bit over the last few years… Tokyo is really cool. Sydney, is rad as well.

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?

JB: Just keep pushing my fashion work and staying on track with my vision.

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

JB: Freedom and doing something you are passionate about.

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