Angelina Jesson - Interview Project N0#2

Angelina Jesson was the very first interview project. The project started in London in September of 2016 and then sat on a hard drive while I figured out how I wanted to approach it. The interview brought up so much potential for interesting content that I got stuck on how to proceed. The temptation was to go deeper into the life of the interviewee and become the proverbial fly on the wall or perhaps more appropriately the ever watching camera in her device. Life took over and before I knew it the moment had past. A few years on I look at the images again and realised that there was more there in that single meeting than I had originally thought.

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Around the time of the interview I had met Angelina at a go-see at her agency. She was brand new to modelling but no stranger to performing. Having been born in England she moved to California at the age of three and then onto New York until she was thirteen at which point she returned to London. She had started acting at 6 years old, an early influence that would eventually lead her to getting involved in performance art later in life. The details in between are complicated and hard to follow. Perhaps its enough to say that she has had three different passports each under a different name, attended both the Brit school and Central St Martins and has grown to love the things about herself that as a child she had thought were faults. When we met at Shepards Bush market (a choice I had left to her) she was very involved with her and her collaborators project  https://www.jesson-hill.com. An explanation of this by me would defiantly not do it justice so I take the easy route and suggest you follow the link and experience it for yourself. 

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If I had set out to discover interesting people behind “the image” I now realise that Angelina was probably the perfect candidate to start the Interview Project with. 

Angelina is a self confessed hoarder who collects found items such as corsets and snow globes. Her favourite colour is red. She likes to spend her free time strolling markets where she finds comfort amongst randomness. She is a morning person who enjoys a bath over a shower. She is optimistic without expectation and loves the idea of newness. Her preferred mode of transport is a bicycle. She describes herself as a floating head. She has “wonky teeth”, pronounced eyebrows and some “spots” on her face (the characteristics that she had perceived as faults but now sees positively as her identity). She likes soft (squidgy) over hard, loud over quiet, supple over rigid  and hyper over mellow. If annoyed by anything it is likely to be herself and she dislikes dishonesty in other people. 

At the time of the interview the 5 soundtracks to her life were...

1) Unspoken Words : The Soil

2) Justify My Love: Madonna 

3) Bandy Bandy: Zap Mama 

4) Nude: Radiohead 

5) Inside My Love: Minnie Riperton

6) Spectrum: Gold Link 

7) Rose Rouge: st Germain 

8) Nadia: Nitin Sawhney

Angelina and I chatted for about an hour and then she introduced me to one of the markets she enjoys. On the way back to the tube station we walked past a London cafe and she treated me to a cup of tea. 

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A huge thank you to Angelina Jesson for her time and honesty (and for the cup of tea).

Angelina is represented by Premier Model Management

Giuliana Graul - Interview Project No#01

The Interview project is a new personal project in which I interview models I meet at castings or that I have worked with. The interview is then processed into a shoot idea. Hopefully the result has neither the insincerity of advertising nor the narcissism of self published social media.  Giuliana and I met at the power and glory, a somewhat famous coffee shop (by day) and industry watering hole by night. She was quiet and a little shy. Cape Town was her first trip as a model and everything was very new and perhaps far away from home. We chatted for a while and it became clear that she was going to spend as much time at the beach as possible. She didn't know anyone here and felt a little estranged. Without her friends life was going to have to be a series of beach, gym and castings. Hey rather that than cold, winter in Germany, though I don't think that she was quite convinced yet. 

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 When the day of the shoot came I met a very different Giuliana, she had been here a while now and the paradise that Cape Town can be had charmed her. She had also made a lot of new friends and was enjoying the music festival scene that the city supports every summer. It is a pity i didn't get to photograph some of those moments but still I think the new confidence and contentment comes across in the short story we shot together.

When the day of the shoot came I met a very different Giuliana, she had been here a while now and the paradise that Cape Town can be had charmed her. She had also made a lot of new friends and was enjoying the music festival scene that the city supports every summer. It is a pity i didn't get to photograph some of those moments but still I think the new confidence and contentment comes across in the short story we shot together.

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We had decided after our chat that the beach was definitely going to be a good reflection of Giuliana (at least while here in Cape Town). Just before saying goodbye Giuliana added, probably after becoming a little more comfortable with me, a complete stranger, that she also really liked to sing. So armed with a rough sketch of this shy young German model on her first trip abroad I headed of to put together our interview project. 

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I had almost forgotten but after the shoot just before Giuliana left I filmed a short video of her singing what she told me was called "the cup song". Intrigued I hit record and sat back. I was immediately taken aback by her voice. I had no idea she could sing like this. Had I known we probably would have never made it to the beach for our interview. Perhaps I would have tried my hand at directing a music video.

A huge thank you to Giuliana Graul for her time. To Emma Jane Menteath for her help with styling. To Rory Springthorpe for his help and patience in teaching me how to get around Adobe premier edit suite and to Outlaws models