We had the good fortune of connecting with Jon Sanchíz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jon, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think in film photography risk is necessary. Every photograph you take on film is a risk, you don’t get unlimited tries like you would in digital photography. My style of photography involves shooting portraiture and street photography. I work in close physical contact with people, my friends, strangers and my environment constantly. I risk getting close to my subjects to capture the image I want, to capture the emotion in their expression and how it moved me.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My work is soft and delicate. My work involves using natural light, nature and people. I also experiment with layering multiple exposures in an single frame to create dreamy imagery. I’m most proud of my features in my favorite film photography accounts, such as Polaroid, Kodak, and Lomography. I’m very excited about continuing to learn and practice my craft and travel and meet more people, artist, etc. I got to where I am today because of my fathers interest in photography and my friends, mentors and partner pushing me to explore and push my boundaries. It hasn’t been easy, it never is when you are breaking out of your comfort zone, but I’m starting to believe that is the way to live and overcome challenges. I want to the world to know that struggling with mental health issues is ok. I struggle with anxiety and depression and sometimes my anxiety is so crippling, that it makes me question everything I’m doing as an artist and it makes me want to quit and give up. Other times, I feel so much confidence and joy and want to execute all of my ideas and continue this journey until it becomes my full time career. Sometimes, I have to take a step back and breath and remind myself not to take everything so seriously. I’m working on not to being so hard on myself; I’m learning to relax and have fun with film photography.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take my friends to the Botanical Gardens. For Coffee, some of my favorite spots are Tap Room Coffee. To people watch, have a drink and snacks Muchacho. To walk around and talk or take photographs, the east side beltline trail, O4W skatepark, surrounding neighborhoods such as Inman Park, Reynoldstown, Grant Park, Little 5 Points, and the Historic Oakland Cemetery.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Everyone who has hired me to take their portraits, everyone who has bought a print or original art work. Everyone who has come to galleries where I’ve exhibited work. All artist working on their craft and pushing themselves when it’s tough and when it’s easy. My loving partner Avery for pushing me, teaching me and always being there for me.
The profile photograph was taken by partner Avery Alexander and the other 8 images were taken by me, Jon Sanchíz.