Jake Sherman is a born and bred Toronto photographer whose practice combines elements of documentary, street and conceptual photography to create images that possess a dreamlike quality. He challenges the viewer to look a new at the subjects of his photographs, that have might otherwise have been taken for granted.
Sherman and his camera have a natural ability to acclimatize to any city, now having travelled far and wide to bring together street, documentary and conceptual photography.
I’m New Here will manifest in large-scale prints and colourful wheat pastes.
Nuvango Gallery is thrilled to house this collision of grit and gloss, a reflection of Sherman’s practice and perspective.
You can catch the exhibit from May 1 – 31st, 2016 at the Nuvango Gallery.
Jake Sherman was kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions and his answers reflect his work – thoughtful, detailed and honest.
Describe yourself in 5 words.
What led you to photography?
I’ve always enjoyed making images. I have always loved photography. I went to school for film production but have been taking courses in photography since high school. When I was 16, my late grandfather gave me his 35mm camera and lenses. I began to take photos with a little bit more conviction. From there it was a constant back and forth between video and photo until I got back into shooting film about 2 years ago.
How do you decide on what you are going to photograph?
Often it’s just a matter of what is around me that I look at and find interesting. I try to have a camera with me at all times. I’ve got a few cameras that are “bring anywhere and everywhere cameras” and I am often surprised at the amount of shots I get with those that end up being some of my favourite images that I make. I’m really into shooting photos that, when people see them they ask themselves “where is that? I want to go there.”
Do you have a ‘golden rule’ you find yourself following when shooting?
I have two ‘golden rules.’ The first is making sure I take my time and concentrate. The second is to be respectful of the people or the surroundings that I am photographing.
What do you love the most about photography?
Hmmm… tough question. It’s nice to have a way to create imagery and share the way my eye works with people.
What do you like the least about photography?
Trying to get paid to do it.
What/who is your dream subject?
Also a tough question. I don’t think I can answer that with anything specific. It would have to be an adventure to a remote place with someone interesting though. An example off the top of my head would be to explore deep in the Amazon jungle with Mike Tyson and his team of Giant Bodyguards (and a good guide who could take us deep in there).
What rules do you like to break within photography?
I don’t think I consciously consider any rules when shooting. Its kind of a natural thing and I shoot how I want. I shoot primarily with 2 cameras, one shoots rectangle (classic 35mm format) and one shoots square. It’s been interesting switching between the two formats and figuring out the strengths and weaknesses of the each of the compositions.
What inspires you?
Things that are completely foreign to me.
New experiences and new places.
The Hubble Space Telescope.
What 3 things (outside of your camera(s)) can you not live without?
Friends & family
My asthma puffer
What are you currently listening too?
Kendrick & Spark Master Tape (and Views)
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