by Jade Berry
JONATHAN CHERRY: What did you want to be growing up?
JADE BERRY: This is such a funny question because I wanted to be all sorts; vet, artist, dancer, musician or a fashion designer. I still love animals but my creativity always took over. From a young age i was always outside, entertaining myself by making things, drawing and painting. With help of both my granddads I grew a interest in photography, they taught me a few basics and I got obsessed with film and analogue cameras. I was never one of those that loathed over technology. I taught myself to use film, how to process and print in the darkroom. From the age of 13 I fell in love with photography and used it as a way of speaking to others.
JC: Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?
JB: Life is my main inspiration. There are so many people that can inspire you on a day to day basis and you can put that into your own format of being inspired. I look at everything around me and it sets my imagination off. Also being sad can make me think strange things to get my mind off being stressed etc.
Photographers that inspire me at the moment are : Olivia Bee, Wiissa, Hana Haley and Sophie Davidson. All beautiful photography which is influenced by life. Nan Goldin and Corinne Day inspire me always, they are the mothers of photography. Tim Walker is one of my biggest influences because he doesn’t hold back & of course David Bowie!
JC: What are you up to right now?
JB: Trying to find some brands to do some photography work/experience/collaboration with to push myself further and eating caramel digestives with green tea, delicious.
JC: Have you had mentors along the way?
JB: My friends.
JC: Where are you based right now and how is it shaping you?
JB: I’m based in Newquay, Cornwall. This is where I’m from and it is so beautiful here, such an inspiring place because I’m always by the sea. I’m just finishing my degree this year, so far things are looking up.
JC: One piece of advice to photography graduates?
JB: I’m just about to become a photography graduate but my advice would be to stick to being yourself, as in within your work, I have always had a style and way of shooting and I feel sticking to being yourself is the best thing to do.
JC: If all else fails - what is your plan B?
JB: I would also love to be a creative director in photography and film and to have my own book design / printing company. I have just made my first moving image piece which you can view here.
JC: Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community?
JB: Very important but its not always possible. If you surround yourself with inspiring people and really good friends I think you can thrive in your own way. My friends have really helped me be more confident in my photography and they are all creative in there own way.
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Crown & Glory Editorial