We've really enjoyed this series and finding our more about some of the members in our community. Although we are moving out of Lockdown now we will be keeping it running, just in a slightly different format, so keep an eye out for the changes in the coming weeks.
This week we spoke to Robbie Jeffers who was nominated a few weeks ago by Ray Barbee.
It’s difficult for me to narrow down what would be my favorite image. I am too attached to all of them. But, I do love the images from when I experiment. I shot this one in 2017 when the band Foster the People hired me to shoot a show. Many times I like to shoot a roll twice and see what comes about. Most of the time it’s a mess and not much is there. But, this image was a gem. It was shot on HP5 pushed to 3200. It’s such a great film for that. I love how versatile. I have rated it at 50 and all the way to 8000 and it holds up well.
I’m a freelance film photographer. My passion is in documenting musicians – from touring with bands, documenting their live shows, shooting their album covers, etc.
I fell into it by accident. I was a marketing director for Stü. The owner cut the photography budget and we were not able to hire any outside photographers. This was pre-internet / pre-digital – so we were solely focused on print ads. I had no other choice but to photograph the ad campaigns myself, otherwise there was no way to effectively market the brand. So I bought a used Nikon F4 and some black and white film – and started taking photos. Shot some ads – and fell in love with it. That led to me shooting the ad campaigns full time for Stüssy. The rest is history.
Anton Corbijn & Jim Marshall
Shoot as much film as possible. Shooting film helps keep you disciplined, as you can’t rely on a digital camera to help make decisions for you. With film - you have to read your meter, understand what your light is doing – and ultimately make decisions based on your knowledge, etc. For me shooting digital makes me a lazy photographer, while film makes me diligent.
Ironically – the pandemic gave me a much-needed break from shooting. Prior to COVID – I was overworked and burnt out. The lockdown has given me the time to reset and refocus, and I’m ready to shoot again. As my next project - I’m currently in talks with a surf brand called Sport of Kings to curate images for a coffee table book about a designer (and good friend of mine) that just recently passed away.
Take this as an opportunity to re-set and re-focus.
My M6 is always with me – and HP5.
I want to keep doing what I’ve been doing. Music is the most important art form in my opinion, and I want to continue documenting the music scene in LA (and beyond).
Love thy neighbor.
Nick Mayo -- @nickexposed – Great eye.
Fred Mortagne -- @frenchfred – Abstract eye // unique approach.
Michael Weitzman -- @mwphotographicarts – I print with him in the darkroom. I’ve learned so much from him. He’s a master in the darkroom.
Freestyle Photographic Supplies – Hollywood -- https://www.freestylephoto.biz
Pro Photo Connection – Irvine – prophotoconnection.com
My Leica M6
Light meter and a sharpie.
It would be HP5 (and I actually DID stock up on it).
Images all ©Robbie Jeffers
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