Jenni Liaseck has always felt a pull towards capturing those rare moments of beauty, whether it’s mustering up the self control to stay up through the entire night to shoot the stars or to wake up at 5 a.m. to get that ever-so-particular light pouring through the trees. It’s from those moments that comes a tranquility that’s hard to capture in the city.
“Photography has become a tool for me to connect with the universe, it brings me to these beautiful places,” Jenni explains. “It’s the excuse for getting me out of bed before dawn and an introduction to talking to a stranger. Those are the times when I am able to soak up the beauty in reality and be enriched by the moment.”
What camera did you shoot on?
I shoot on a Canon 5D Mark III and a Canon 70D.
What inspired this particular project?
Greenland is the most remote place I have ever travelled to and the natural beauty there is indescribable. Due to its climate and isolation, not many people venture out there. One of the most inspiring pulls towards sailing and photographing there was the fact that my photographs and journals could be a source of its magic to share with people who might never get the chance to experience this place in their lifetime. Sailing in Greenland was a unique opportunity to capture glacial landscapes that crumble into the ocean without a single individual in its audience or whales swimming in shimmering water illuminated by the midnight sun. Greenland is still very raw and unearthed and there are not many places on the earth today that exist like this.
Are you purely a photographer or do you have other creative pursuits?
I think I consider myself an artist. I love to create art with a camera, with words, with a paint brush, with clay- anything really. Photography, writing and painting are natural extensions of my desire to create and express pieces of myself.
Why did you choose photography over other creative mediums?
What is unique about photography that I value is that I am able to capture a moment of reality as it is. Creating and capturing memories, I think, is such an important part of life. Writing can mentally transport me back to how I was thinking and what I was feeling in a moment, but the visuals make everything complete.
How does your gear help you be a better photographer?
Having a variety of lenses to be able to capture an image how I imagine is important. Also, having a high quality camera that is reliable in all the conditions I shoot in is essential.
If you could shoot any subject who would it be and why?
Honestly, I love to shoot people that I know nothing about, whose lives contrast against mine in every way, who may not speak the same language, or who may appear to have nothing in common with me on the surface, but who I feel drawn and connected to. I would love to go through a village somewhere in Northern Africa, India, or Indonesia and photograph people as they are in their everyday life and let their stories unravel while I take their photo.
If you could go anywhere to shoot where would it be and why?
If I could go anywhere for photography it would be Antarctica. For similar reasons to why I was drawn to Greenland. Antarctica is an extreme in terms of remoteness and isolation, raw unearthed beauty and unique visuals that not many get to witness. My photography would be able to bring people there and experience a piece of it. Also, I love animals and the penguins are just so damn cute.
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