Interview & Giveaway: Jennifer Korff

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Ever since I caught a glimpse of the work from the talented Jennifer Korff I knew she possessed something special. Her photography created stories in the most beautiful poetic voices. Being an amateur photographer myself, I dazzled at her work and her ability to capture a moment in the most serene way.
Thus I was honored when she accepted to be interviewed by me. Her answers are rich in inspiration, especially to those who aspire to live their life (partially or fully) behind the lens of a camera.
To learn more about Jennifer and to follow her work, visit her blog, her Flickr, and her website.

1. Hello Jennifer. First of all, thank you so much for participating in this interview. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Well, hello! I am quite honored, thank you. A bit about myself, well, I am an artist living and working in Chicago, Illinois with my partner and our two monstrous kitties.

2. When did your love for photography begin?

I would say my love of photography began when I was quite young. My father has always had an affinity for the medium as well as an addiction to collecting and tinkering, so I would say it began when I was a little girl acting as model to my father's hobby and following him about with his equipment. My personal relationship with photography truly began when I entered college as an undergraduate. You can read a bit more about that here.

3. What subjects are your favorite to photograph. Why?
I love to capture people and am constantly chasing light. Though I suppose with a few more recent personal projects I have been engaged in lately, I have been drawn to capturing what is on my plate and soon to be in my belly.

4. Where do you find inspiration?
My partner is an incredible source of inspiration to me. Encouraging and challenging me all the same to think beyond the common aesthetic and conventional ways of thinking. I am also very drawn to books I am reading. The images they evoke in my mind... I try to make them a reality.

5. What camera(s) do you use?
I shoot with a mamiya c3, canon ae-1, yashica electro 35 gsn, polaroid sx-70, polaroid land camera and minolta xg-m.

6. The use of lighting in your photographs is magical. Is there a specific time of day you prefer to photograph in?
No specific time of day, really. I just prefer to photograph using what is naturally available to me.

7. You are soon releasing a book entitled We Never Really Knew What Time It Was. What does it include and what was your inspiration?
My book, We Never Really Knew What Time it Was, is a collection of images taken while camping on an island in Lake Michigan this past summer. I only shot two rolls of film while we were away, not quite two rolls in fact, and I was taken with how I was able to capture the island. I felt the images told a beautiful story and captured everything I personally love about a sojourn to the woods. I have been drawn to the idea of making books for quite some time and with the cohesiveness of these photographs, I thought it was an opportune time to give it a go.

8. Thank you so much for your time Jennifer. Do you have any advice for any aspiring photographers that might be reading this?
Persistence is the way to the heart of all aspirations and always come prepared. My favorite quote by Louis Pasteur, "Chance favors the prepared mind".


The Giveaway:

The winner will have a choice of selecting any one of the beautiful prints featured here:

one | two | three

Plus, they will receive a set of beautiful postcards!

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Now for your chance to win:

Simply leave a comment below telling me why you would like to win.
If you are a follower you will receive two entries, just leave a separate comment stating "I am a follower".

I will randomly select a winner October 31st, Halloween.
Good luck!


Jayne October 16, 2009 at 11:02 PM  

Art - whether it be visual or written - should always strive to an emotional response from its audience. And this? This got a response from me - a pull, a tug, a little poke. :) Love them all.

Jayne October 16, 2009 at 11:03 PM  

Ooooh, and I am a follower. :)

Gabbi October 17, 2009 at 12:27 AM  
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Gabbi October 17, 2009 at 12:27 AM  

Great interview and giveaway. Her work is amazing and I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for her book!

Thank you for introducing.♥

beckyxoxo October 17, 2009 at 1:09 AM  

nice interview ! i will check her blog soon :) btw i'm so excited with the giveaway . i love number 2 so much . so beautiful . i'm a follower :D

have a nice weekend !

LoveCharlesVintage October 17, 2009 at 8:13 AM  

The one key reason I can think of wanting to win, is that I'm moving out with my best friend next may for school and we're going to need pretty things to decorate our walls with.
I love the third print.

Rhianne October 17, 2009 at 8:33 AM  

Ohhh, I would love to win as the first photo of the bike is stunning - it makes me wish I had a bike to ride and it was summer again :)

Such a great giveaway!

themagicalbean October 17, 2009 at 9:34 AM  

I want to win because I currently have a blank wall in that I need to cover! I love them all but my favorite is #2.

caramelizedvintage October 17, 2009 at 10:21 AM  

Great interview Crystal. She has such lovely photographs! I'm checking out her portfolio now.

IIII would very much like to win this print so I can give it to my friend. I'm making a package for her. She is going to major in photography, and is very apprehensive about succeeding. Just want to give her a little inspiration. :}

Susan October 17, 2009 at 12:38 PM  

wow! great interview. I love those prints and my walls would be happy- they are quite empty right now! :))

Susan October 17, 2009 at 12:38 PM  

oh, I am a follower, too. I mean, I have been a follower for a while... :))

Anonymous,  October 17, 2009 at 1:20 PM  

jen is such an inspiration, isn't she?

ncp October 17, 2009 at 3:47 PM  

jen's work is breathtaking. she is one of my favorite folks on flickr and her blog is equally as lovely.

i would love to pass on the postcards to a friends as, happily, already had purchased some.

thanks for this fun giveaway! :)

Anna October 17, 2009 at 9:21 PM  

i would love to win because i admire jen's work so much. she shoots with some of the same cameras as i do and i love seeing what other people come up with using the same tools. woohoo!

¶ M October 18, 2009 at 3:37 AM  

Lovely interview~! such great words said ;)

Oohh giveaway!! Why would I love to win? because it's the feeling you get when you see something so beautiful get given to you in your hands & knowing that these beautiful images came across the world and it's now with you to keep ♥

have a lovely day dear ♥

- M

P.S I'm a follower ;)

Susan October 18, 2009 at 4:21 AM  

hey, darling, I have lovely news for you! You are the winner of my mac-giveaway :)
send me your name and delivery address please to nearlystylish(at)mail(dot)com.
I hope you'll like the nail polish- I am so happy for you! :)

Sher October 19, 2009 at 6:48 AM  

Oh you always find the loveliest artists! I'll love to win any of these prints because they will look so inspiring and beautiful on my bare bedroom wall:)

Sher October 19, 2009 at 6:49 AM  

I'm definitely your follower:)

Anonymous,  October 20, 2009 at 12:30 AM  

I'm following Jennifer's work for the last few months and her photos are great inspiration to me, so I would be more than happy to recieve some of these cards...

「 Thy Lady 」 October 20, 2009 at 5:13 AM  

Eeeee! I love both of your blogs! :)
*shall follower it right after I finish this comment! <3

- Jennifer

nikole October 20, 2009 at 1:49 PM  

great interview!

(ps: jen, i love the quote)

KIRAFASHION October 23, 2009 at 9:07 AM  

Hello my dear friend!!!

So nice to know more a cool girl!
About the giveaway, I wanna!

'Just because I love coffee in the morning and beautiful places and scenes'

Many kisses!!


evelyn October 23, 2009 at 11:37 AM  

oh u should know why i want to win this :D...
i love photos!!

and im a follower ;) lol

<3 , evelyn

carly October 28, 2009 at 2:57 PM  

i would love to win these prints. perfect for christmas gifts.

Ripples October 29, 2009 at 9:13 AM  

Lovely work and interview

Beth October 29, 2009 at 6:53 PM  

I checked out the shop and wow it was dazzling. They look marvelous. :D

Beth October 29, 2009 at 6:54 PM  

and of course, I'm a follower!

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