I want my work to evoke something in the viewer, even if it’s something indescribable.
Name: Justin Visnesky
Hometown: Nolo, Pennsylvania
Style of photography: Quiet
Type of camera(s): Pentax 645, Contax 139 quartz , Olympus Stylus Epic, Canon QL17, Yashica 124g
What gives you inspiration?
My friends and family, especially my wife, son and daughter. I’m inspired by the everyday—by the those universal familiarities that connect us and make us who we are and by the quiet times that often go overlooked or unnoticed. I also get a lot of inspiration from the following random things: nature, music, graphic design, interiors, exteriors, craft beer, community, old family photos, typography, rhythm, minimalism, plaid shirts, woodpiles, and skateboarding.
What are your influences?
I’ve been a skateboarder since I was a teenager and was heavily influenced by that culture as well as the punk/indie rock DIY culture. Seeing photos in magazines/zines was really inspiring and what I think ultimately led me to photography. I don’t skate as much as I’d like anymore, but it has really shaped how I see things. Other influences include (in no particular order): Western Pennsylvania, Ian MacKaye, Mike Mills, Ed Templeton, Mike Rusczyk, William Eggleston, Iain Baxter&, Michael Worful, St. Louis, David Gordon Green, The Constantines, Richard Misrach, Ed Panar, Ron Juliette, Jacob Koestler, Ross Mantle, Miranda July, Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, Mark Gonzales, Jason Lee, Bruce Springsteen.
Why did you choose these photos?
They’re some of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken and I feel they really represent what I’m trying to communicate with my work.
What does photography mean to you?
Feeling. That’s what I look for in my own work and the work of others. I want my work to evoke something in the viewer, even if it’s something indescribable—that feeling you get in your gut when you know something is just right and may never be again. That’s what photography means to me and that’s why I love it so much.
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