READERSVOICE.COM: What started your project to photograph the lives of people on the steets, particularly of New York people?
JESSIE DINAN: I moved from Australia to New York almost 3 years ago, I had planned on only staying 2 years so I spent a lot of time taking photographs just to document my time here to look back on. Looking through old photographs of New York I discovered the works of Bruce Davidson, Robert Frank, Gary Winogrand and really got drawn into street and documentary photography. I started to study it more and more and found myself shooting the people in the city rather than just buildings and streets.
RV: Was the light very different in New York from Australia, and did it take some adjusting to this in your photography?
JD: I only became interested in Street Photography after I had moved to New York. I haven’t been back since but I imagine it being quite a bit brighter out shooting compared to New York City.
RV: Do you still live in Brooklyn, New York, and how did you find a place to live there?
JD: Yes I still live in Brooklyn. We used a Broker to find an apartment, something I find crazy a big chuck of cash goes to them it really sucks. But now after living here a while I know how things work a bit better so probably wouldn’t use a broker again.
RV: Roughly where do you live in Brooklyn and do you have favorite places you go to photograph people and scenes there?
JD: I live in the Williamsburg/Bushwick area. I really enjoy shooting in South Williamsburg and love shooting down at Coney Island, it’s always a great atmosphere in summer down there.
RV: I like the picture of the guy with the old camera . Did you get to talk to him and where did you walk on that day?
JD: This guy is quite a well-known photographer in New York; his name is Louis Mendes. I was at B and H Photo getting some film and darkroom supplies and noticed him there. We didn’t speak: I don’t usually interact with many of the people I photograph as I prefer candid shots.
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