She’s young and extremely enthusiastic about photography. Photography student, Jessica Van.Go, as she likes to be known, is one of the first two photographers who will be a part of the first phase of Lee Folkard Photography’s Project Scouted to be held at one of the latest Durban hotspots, Hashtag Restaurant on Windermere Road. Lee Folkard Photography had a brief Q&A session with this vibrant and eager photographer about her passion for photography and her involvement in Project Scouted.
Lee Folkard Photography: What was your inspiration to begin photography and how did you start in the business?
Jessica: I have always been the “arty” type, mostly interested in painting and drawing. But in 2010, I found a new interest in photography when I received my first Point and Shoot camera. Ever since, I have been in love with photography because I found I could express my artistic side through photography too. So in matric, I decided to turn my passion into a career, and during my first year studying photography at the Durban Institute of Photography, I created my own brand and am now trying to build my name.
LFP: How did you find out about Lee Folkard Photography?
Jessica: I found out about Lee Folkard Photography on Facebook. A lot of my friends had seen Lee's page and had liked it so the page's notifications were always popping up on my newsfeed.
LFP: How did you become involved in Project Scouted and what motivated you to be a part of it?
Jessica: A friend of mine who had entered the previous years’ projects had tagged me in a comment on a status about Project Scouted that asked for anyone who knew young photographers who might be interested in participating in this year's project and I immediately took the chance!
LFP: What do you think makes a good photo?
Jessica: To me, a good photo is made up of two elements; one is technique and the other is the message that the photo portrays. If the photo speaks, it is good.
LFP: What does photography mean to you?
Jessica: My grandfather has always loved photography and has always been a keen wildlife photographer in his spare time. When I found that I too had an eye for a good shot, I felt quite proud to say that I could one day be a well-known photographer. I would like to be known as an artist.
Be sure to look out for Jessica Van.Go's images from the girls who were chosen to be a part of the first stage of Project Scouted shot at Hashtag Restaurant!