Beyond The Lens – Massachusetts photographer Jeffery Donnelly is giving us some time out of his day to share some of his plans for the new year and what his next move may be. I never interviewed Donnelly before, so I felt now would be a great time to discuss a couple of things with him to share it for all of you to read. I hope you Enjoy the interview!
~*~*Beyond The Lens /w Jeffery Donnelly*~*~
Internet Hollywood: Many people are beginning to find themselves behind a camera in today’s world often with the rise of social media. Photography is clearly becoming the phenomenon that it pretty much has been all along. What inspired you to want to do photography and what was the first camera you bought?
Donelly: Well, let’s see, my first camera, hmmm.. well,,, besides those old Kodak disposables, I would have to say was a Sony Alpha. As for my inspiration to jump into photography, well I kind of just fell into it. You see I’ve always been an Artist, Majored in Fine Art in College, and the whole nine yards. Then sometime in 2005 I bought my Sony Alpha in order to take some shots to base some of my still life painting on, posted a couple on MySpace and before you know it, I started getting a lot of great feedback. It was only a couple years later in 2008, that I started shooting the female form. Occurring after I drew a waterfall on the back of my original muse one night, and from that point on, I was hooked.
Internet Hollywood: Many photographers try out a different variety of themes to test out their skills when they do shoots. What has been your favorite style of shooting so far, and is there something that you can’t see yourself doing at the moment?
Donelly: As for themes, I’ve always tried to just go with the flow, well at the same time trying to have my images capture the models true inner self. But then again, I do prefer the images to be a little gritty, and portraying the model in an empowering manner. Because I see my photography being an extension of my Art, I try to only take on projects that I feel connected to, with that in mind, so far, I’ve shied away from shooting the male form. I personally prefer to shoot what I see as being pure beauty.
Internet Hollywood: How hard was it for you to learn how to shoot properly and what has been your favorite camera since you learned?
Donnelly: Learning how to properly shoot wasn’t hard at all, then again, some may say, that I don’t know how to properly shoot, my learning curve was simple, I picked up a camera, shot, and thankfully have an Artists eye. In all honesty, the Sony Alpha was a pretty nice camera. My only issue, being that I prefer the SD cards, over the CF, so with that in mind, I’ve really enjoyed all models of the Canon Rebel line. The Rebel to me is a great camera, besides being for the most part inexpensive (no great worry if the camera is lost, or damaged), they do also have the ability to capture some great images. Best bang for the buck.
Internet Hollywood: Do you have a dream shoot in mind that you really want to bring to reality?
Donelly: For a dream shoot, basically I have a couple ideas in mind, one, in particular, is a junkyard themed shoot.
Internet Hollywood: Is there any models coming up now that you would like to collaborate with?
Donelly: As for coming up models, I’ve seen a couple that I wouldn’t mind shooting with, but at the same time, as of right now, all that they are to me, are just pretty pictures, because I really don’t know them, but I’ve always enjoyed shooting people that are into shooting for the pure love of it, and not for the cash rewards. As time has gone by, it really seems like so many people are entering this industry, with stars in their eyes, and demands of quick cash.
Internet Hollywood: Many photographers find themselves caught up in troubling situations sometime down the line in their careers. One of the biggest things is pictures of their being stolen without their consent. Is this something that worries you at all?
Donelly: It’s just part of the industry. Just like everyone else, we all get upset, we send email’s and instant messages requesting that people stop, but at the end of the day, these people who are bootlegging our work will just continue. What I really hate is that some models make it easier for these individuals by editing out the copyright (signatures) from the images. Then again, if the bootlegger is making money off of our work, we do have the option on filing a small claims suit against them.
Internet Hollywood: I noticed a lot of photographers are beginning to create magazines and photo books of their own. Do you plan on doing something similar?
Donelly: As of right now I’ve published a number of things, with many more in the works. I publish and provide Art/Comp Cards to certain models that I work with (free of charge for a limited number of cards). I base some of my art on my photographs, and provide models that I’ve based woodblock prints on, with a limited number of prints. I also sell copies of my portfolio titled “Raw Emotion & The Portfolio”, this most current edition of the portfolio consists of 157 pages spotlighting 15 models with Pages 2-101 being photographs, 103-151 being paintings and 153-157 being woodblock prints. I am the author of ”Raw Emotion and Political Repression, the true tale of a Massachusetts Bohemian, ISBN: 978-0-615-72465-2 being a 239 page journal that exposes corruption.
Internet Hollywood: Last question; are you currently working on anything now?
Donelly: As of right now, I’ve been working on several local one-man Art Shows. These shows will include Photography, as well as Fine Art.
Internet Hollywood: Thank you for the interview, Donelly!
~*~*Thank you for reading*~*~
~*~Photos By Jeffery Donnelly*~*~