Interview with Cleverish Magazine

Photo by Aaron Jean

Interview with Jiji of Cleverish Magazine

"Known for his distinct black and white aesthetic and unique play with shadows and colors, Aaron regularly transforms the people he photographs into art. With a just-released photography zine, a robust portfolio, a long list of clients and a recent exhibition Without Context (Sin Contexto)  in Madrid Spain, Aaron’s talent like his is bound to shake up the photography scene. And that’s precisely what he’s doing. In this interview, he talks about how he finds beauty in imperfections, his dislike for “nice” photos and how he found the courage to stick with his true aesthetic. We also talk about what he hopes his photos say or don’t say. Interview + highlight of some of Aaron’s work below."

INTERVIEW BY JIJI MAJIRI UGBOMA

I had the opportunity to work with Jiji on several occasions and it was an honor to speak with her about my passion for photography and photographic life!  I appreciate that she allowed me to go deep about my journey and the creative process.

From our Interview:

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACHIEVE WHEN YOU GET INTO THE STUDIO FOR A SESSION OR PHOTOSHOOT? 

"I think authenticity and surprise are the two things I look for if I really boil it all down. My interest in photography is based on my love for people. I find people very interesting, and I enjoy the beauty in imperfection. I have noticed over time that the things I love about people are the little bits of what people aspire to be but are either scared to be, don’t see in themselves, or for whatever reason, they can’t see. I can sort of hold a space in my imagination to let people be who they are at their best and give me the freedom to embrace the best of being human in this crazy freaking world.  

So my goal is to make people see something the way I see it, to normalize it.  Because we can all get wrapped up in traditional beauty and discount how beautiful being ourselves can be and how shallow, and frankly dull, the “beauty” we are sold on a daily basis really is..."

 

Check out the full interview on Cleverish Magazine

 


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