January 29, 2008
PHOTOGRAPHER ALAN JENSEN
The life of a photographer can seem glamorous, but often it involves a lot of hard work, especially on a shoot day. The good ones never want to settle on a mediocre image - they want it to be the best it can be. This involves searching for the perfect angle, chasing or creating beautiful light and getting people to feel comfortable in front of a camera as most people dislike having their photos taken. Alan Jensen is one such hard-working photographer. We met on location shooting a travel feature on Brisbane for Real Living magazine. Check out the April issue for the feature.
What's your proudest achievement? Getting paid to do what I love.
Who inspires you? Everyone around me. From the happy-go-lucky attitude of my Italian assistant to my mate Morgs, who makes my coffee day in, day out, like a work of art. My girlfriend, who encourages me to be the best I can be. I often find the best motivation in the very normal of circumstances. People who succeed above all else are a constant source of strength. If you look around, they're everywhere!
What are you passionate about? Travel, food, love and learning. Japanese food, beer and skiing - not necessarily in that order.
What's the best lesson you've learnt? Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and try, try again.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Nadav Kander, Jeffrey Smart and Thom Yorke. Unique, creative and challenging all in their own right.
What are you excited about? Going to Thailand tomorrow and another year to do it all again.
What's next? More travel, more Japanese and maybe a beer or two...
images courtesy of alan jensen