year of birth: 10/5/1972
Q1: When did you start making art?
I’ve actually started photography in 2013, although I’ve been making crafts and art most of my life – custom knifemaking, ceramics, bonsai, playing music and acting. However when I received a canon mark II for my birthday, for some reason I just took to it.
Q2: What does inspire you?
I love the concept of a single moment relating an entire feeling, narrative, or character. One of my favorite forms of photography is promotional photography for film or stage. For some reason it fascinates me to bring out the essence of a scene or plot point with a single shot. I also like bringing absurd or bizarre situations and concepts to life you wouldn’t normally see.
Q3: What are your techniques?
I like to do most set ups live in camera. For example, if I use flames or smoke, I would prefer not to photoshop them in but use live flame. I also believe in bringing out the best emotion of a model or actor, and have been lucky to work with some truly talented folks.
Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
I think a common theme is contrast both in mood and situation. I like the idea of bringing people or elements into a narrative you wouldn’t normally see them in. Also humor seems to be a common trait. Even my darker stuff will often not take itself too seriously.
Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
hmmm – seems to be a lot of black and rich colors. I’m not sure why, probably because I just think it looks cool.
Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
I want to constantly improve. I want to go bigger – sets, concepts, etc. I love it when someone looks at a photograph and says “cool!”. Hopefully I can keep doing that on an increasing scale.
Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
Lots of projects coming up. Film promotional shoots, character shots, fashion, cosplay, still life – you name it. plenty of silliness, or course.
Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of jarodkearney.
too many hobbies
Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
This one HERE I was messing around trying to get a feel for camera settings, light, etc. I like working with clay so it seemed like a good place to start with still life photos. Also this HERE is one of my earliest works. My girlfriend was willing to nerd out with me and have fun as I learned.
Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
I think my range is wider now. I’ve also gotten more interested in working with makeup artists, etc. for some cool conceptual sets.
Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
I think it gives you that brief moment of pleasure, and jolts you suddenly into the place you should be all time but just forget as the day goes on.