I recently decided it was time to put Mr John Jefferies on the couch, under the spotlight, if you like. Let’s find out a bit more about the mastermind behind Shadow Photography, and ask John a few questions too!
- What’s it like to live with a cat like me?
Its challenging, but they say creative types can be eccentric and you certainly have your idiosyncrasies!!
A little cheeky, but I can’t deny it!!
- Do you have any brothers or sisters?
Two brothers, both younger than me
Colin is a lead singer in a band called the Saga Louts
Paul is married and emigrated to Perth in Australia
- Have you always been a photographer?
I’ve always enjoyed photography and have owned a camera since my first home-made pin-hole camera at the age of 10. Over the years it has been a hobby and my main job involved working in the airline industry. However, in recent years photography has become a real passion and is now my second job.
- What’s your favourite thing to photograph?
I wouldn’t say I have a favourite subject to shoot, however I enjoy wildlife and the challenge that taking pictures of animals brings. They don’t pose for you and they always look away at the wrong moment, but with patience and a bit of luck, the results can be very rewarding. I also love to work with people, watching them enjoy each other’s company and knowing that the special moments they share can be captured on film to be remembered forever.
- Where is your favourite place to relax?
I love sitting on a beach watching the sunset, listening to the calm sway of the waves and breathing the salty air, enjoying the peace and quiet.
- Which picture are you most proud of?
Good question. I have many big cat pictures that I love and some lovely landscapes hanging in my wall-gallery. I think my proudest moment is my first wedding as the primary shooter where I had all the responsibility of getting the wedding photos and albums together and seeing the smile on the bride’s face when she saw the finished product.
Oh so nothing with me in it then?!
- Are you inspired by any other photographers or famous icons?
There are a quite few photographers from history like Ansel Adams and Henri Cartier-Bresson that I admire. I have also learned a great deal from more modern photographers like Ted Forbes and Zack Arias. In terms of artists, I enjoy the work of Monet and De Vinci. I also have the greatest respect for humanitarians like Paul Newman, the Hollywood actor who donated millions of dollars in profits to charities all over the world.
I never knew you had such a philosophical side. It appears there’s more to you than meets the eye.
- What music do you like?
Rock and heavy metal are my favourite genres but I listen to anything from classical to country. I’ve driven passengers in my car crazy crooning to the likes of Singing Doll and Yellow Submarine, as well as the deep notes of M People and Seal. My music tastes have been described as eclectic.
John seriously, that Dolly Parton album I had to endure the other day was taking the biscuit.
- What’s your favourite big cat and why?
The tiger – power, agility and beauty, all in one cat
Stick a few orange stripes on me and we’d be identical!
10. Why do you like trains so much?
As a kid I loved to travel on trains and collect their numbers (and no I did not wear an anorak!). There’s something magnificent about a steam engine though, it’s might and the way the moving parts work in synergy have always fascinated me.
I just enjoy the chuffing.
11. What 3 words would you use to describe me?
Charismatic / playful / lovable
That’s very kind. I’d describe you as determined, compassionate and honourable. Bet that surprised you!
12. What is the most challenging aspect of being official photographer at weddings?
Time management, making sure you get that shot but not holding up the proceedings, and being in the right place at the right time
13. Next time you have crispy duck pancakes, can you please leave a bit more for me?
Of course, I know how you like it.