10.11.09 by Jeff

Jennilee Marigomen / Interview





Tell me about the last time you wished you had a camera with you, but didn’t.

A man was walking down West Broadway a couple weeks ago, carrying a five foot tall stuffed animal horse on his right side. From far away, it looked like he was riding it!

If you had your camera, would you have stopped the man and asked for a photo? Or would you have tried to capture the image without interfering? Is this something you even think about?

I try not to interfere or make my presence known when taking photos. I think that it’s part of my personality – I like being the observer and listener.

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Do you think people are born with an eye for photography or can anyone learn?

Hard work, perseverance, and consistently educating yourself makes better photos, but I also feel that it comes naturally to some people.

Does it come naturally for you or is it hard work? I guess those two things aren’t mutually exclusive.

I’m not sure, but I do feel more so guided by intuition.

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What is your current desktop wallpaper?

The photograph  “Rainbow splash, hit water with heavy stick, bright sunny windy” by Andy Goldsworthy (1980). I am a big fan of Goldsworthy’s work, and recommend it to anyone. His photos often rotate as my desktop wallpaper.

I love that photo! You have a nice shot of a mist rainbow too! As much as there are fleeting moments in your work I notice much of it is very calculated, very precise, geometric even. Is that a fair statement?

I shoot spontaneously within a small time frame, so I would say that that my photographs are not calculated in a pre-determined sense. Many of my photos are made through serendipity – I’ll find something interesting by chance, or I will end up with accidental and beautiful light leaks – happy accidents. However, I am drawn to interesting shapes, especially those that occur within nature, so I agree with being drawn to geometry. I like simplicity and isolation and frame the subject matter carefully so that there are the least amount of distractions as possible.

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If your life was a movie, what song would you use in the opening credits?

Smog in the Cities – Black Moth Super Rainbow

I love One Flowery Sabbath on that album.  What’s your favorite scene in a film?

The short 14th Arrondissement from Paris, Je T’aime (directed by Alexander Payne) is beautiful, and touches on the theme of sehnsucht. The last few lines really resonated in my heart.

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Can we end this with a quote?

“Thank you Jeff and Reid.”

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Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • nice interview.

  • The feeling of observing is definitely present in her work. It’s very powerful.

  • Really nice stuff

  • The Wooden Sky made a great choice in using a Jennilee photo for the cover of their latest album.


    nice combo!

  • Name

    like her work

  • Brennan Sloan

    I had a dream about that picture with the deer on that same street only it was a goat instead.

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  • Val

    Great interview! I love Jennilee’s work. There’s a lot of calm yet powerful feelings in her photos.

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