Interview With a Photographer: Jordan Hammond

Where’s home?

Technically, home is Dover, on the sunny south east coast of England. For the most part, however, I'd have to say that home is wherever my toothbrush lays! 

What is the favourite place you’ve travelled to?

This has to be the toughest question of them all. I couldn't honestly decide between Indonesia, China and Japan. Each of them have such unique and diverse cultures and landscapes, all of which have me yearning to return. 

How did you get started as a photographer?

I picked up my first camera just before I left the UK to teach English in China, in the autumn of 2015. I started taking photos on weekend trips around China, and decided after 6 months of shooting that I wanted to quit my job and pursue my passion for  photography in the hopes of making it a full time gig.

What camera equipment / software / tech do you use?  Any must haves?

I use a Canon 6D with the 16-35mm f/4 (essential for landscapes!), 24-105mm f/4 and 70-200 f/4. Also, I typically have a polarised attached to my wide angle lens, which helps considerably when shooting reflections, contrast and saturation. As far as software goes, I stick to Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

What photographers have influenced you, how you think and shoot?

The person that first influenced me to pick up a camera and start photographing was Nikk La- his raw street photography was completely new to me and his work was so different to anything else I had seen. 

Any top tips for Instagram?

Engage with the community, only post work that you're proud of, and above all else, enjoy it! 

What are you trying to communicate through your photographs?

I aim to tell a story about the places I have been through my photography, and inspire people to step out of their comfort zone and do something different. The world is a big place, and despite travel being a lot more affordable and doable nowadays, many people don't get to see a lot of it. 

What motivates you to continue doing what you’re doing?

My followers and the people that have supported me through my photography journey definitely motivate me to continue what I'm doing- I literally couldn't do it without them. Also the prospect of trying cheese from all around the world.

Are you a bathroom singer?

Does a chicken lay eggs?!

Do you have any advice for young aspiring photographers?

I'm asked this one often, which in my opinion boils down to two things. In my case, I began photography, and still do, by constantly seeking inspiration from others. When first starting, it can help dramatically if you keep tabs on your favourite photographer's work, and look to put your own twist on it. Before long you will have developed your own unique style. Then, practice, practice, practice! 

What are your goals for the future, regarding your work?

To be able to inspire people through my work is massive to deal to me, and something I hope to be able to continue doing in the future. Also, a huge goal of mine over the next year is to begin running photo workshops in Asia, particularly China! 

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