Interview Jennifer Timmer Trail

“From a deep connection to how things make me feel, I challenge myself to [re]create that feeling in a photograph.”

Name: Jennifer Timmer Trail
Hometown: Harbor Springs, Michigan
Style of photography: Dark. Landscape, mostly.
Type of camera(s): 5D Mark II & Mamiya 7II
Website: www.jennifertrail.com

What gives you inspiration?

These days I’m heavily motivated and inspired by relationships. Mostly between two people, but also between people and nature. I’m fascinated by the psychological aspects of love, desire, longing, fear, loneliness… those kinds of things.

What are your influences? 

I’ve been most affected and influenced by films and filmmakers – Terrence Malick and Wes Anderson to name a couple. I love that a film has the ability to take you on visual/emotional journey into an alternate reality or fantasy, offering perspective on the real world. I strive for that in my own work. There are also photographers who’s work I love and look at often like Alec Soth, Doug Dubois, Ron Jude and Roe Ethridge. I’ve been lucky enough to interact with all of them on some level during my time in grad school, and there’s no questioning the impact they’ve had on me.

Why did you choose these photos? 

My aim was to select a sampling that would represent the project as a whole. There are 33 images in total, which also comprise a book.

What does photography mean to you?

From a deep connection to how things make me feel, I challenge myself to [re]create that feeling in a photograph. It may be the best way I have found, so far, to process and understand those feelings.

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