Interview with…. Jake Sigl

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Photos by Jake Sigl

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Editor’s note: We asked to different photographers the same questions and in these days we’ll publish their answer, so you can see the differences on their answers. I hope you like this kind of comparisons.
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Jake Sigl is a young photographer who’s work has been seen in independent magazines across the United States. His distinct, raw photos continue to bring a refreshing outlook to his world.

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1) Can you tell us something about you?
I’m an explorer. I’m enjoying my youth and making new discoveries.

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2) Where do you live and work now?
I live in a small suburban town in California. Usually, I shoot in San Francisco. I am looking forward to doing more commissioned work.

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3) How long have you been a photographer?

I had my first photo published about a year and a half ago, but I have been photographing for three years now.

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4) How did you get into photography?

In 7th grade, I was in a yearbook class and wasn’t interested in writing, so my teacher gave me a disposable camera and said, “Take pictures of people. Get close to their faces.” So that’s what I did. And my passion grew more after that, and the next year I received a small digital camera for my birthday which quickly became my best friend. Inevitably, I wanted more. When I was a sophomore in high school, I had asked for a nice camera for Christmas. Curiosity got the best of me and I ended up looking in all my parents usual Christmas present hiding spots. I found it, and when my parents were out of the house I got the camera out, invited my friend over, and we took a walk and took pictures. When I saw the pictures on the computer I realized that I could actually pursue photography. It was definitely worth it, and I still think my parents don’t know.

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5) Where does your inspiration come from?
Genuine, true experiences and honest people. Last summer I discovered how stunning nature is. And not just nature as in forests and sunsets, but everyday nature. Like simple houses and finding symmetry and patterns in unexpected places, I really just shoot what I see in front of me.

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6) What do you think about street photography?
Street photography is extremely genuine and straightforward. It’s about sending a message, giving one new eyes to see from.

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7) Can you tell us something about your portraits, what is important to focus for you?
The unwritten rule of taking good portraits is to get close to the subjects face, I disagree. I think that sometimes you can see more into a person when you see them interacting with their surroundings. Portraits are deeper than skin. For me, it is important to capture the subjects actuality, uncontrolled, as if I weren’t behind the camera taking a photograph. Sometimes I dream what it would be like to be invisible, and walk around with a camera. I would love that.

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8.) What are your future works, do you have a special project?
I’m documenting the current financial irony in the United States. I am also very thrilled to be working with upcoming musician Dylan Fox on his album.

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