10 questions, one photographer: Jib Peter
I found Jib on flickr. Jib PETER is a 32 year old guy who’s is living in Burgundy, FRANCE. Jib’s work is so full of creativity that I had to ask him for this interview. His portraits aren’t the glamour or fashion ones you would expect. All his photo tell us a little short story. And we are invited to discover the story behind the photo.
1. Jib, How long do you photograph?
I started being a photographer about 10 years ago.
2. All of your photos in your flickr account are black and white. Why?
I started photography shooting black and white pictures and I must admit that I feel much more confident than with colours. I think that colours offer too many possibilities. I feel a bit lost, though I love colour works from the others. Maybe that’s not time for me yet.
3. Your portraits are not the ones we are normally expecting. They are some kind of artwork, like the beautyfull woman who is holding up a gun or a kid lying on a rooftop with a gasmask on. Where did you get your inspiration from?
This inspiration can come from anything and at any time. From on object, a music, a film or a place … I think that when you do this kind of image, it’s quite simple to find ideas. You just have to think about it all the time and to be as receptive as possible. I have to say that I do a lot of tries and, unfortunately, those ideas are not so good sometimes…
4. When i look at your photos is like they are telling us a story. What’s the story behind this photo: www.flickr.com/photos/jibpeter/5438667744/ ?
In this photo, I wanted to talk about relations between the dominant and the dominated in a couple. Everyboby must have experienced that once (at least). But, over the time and listenning to many different reactions, I like to think that it could illustrate the Man’s reaction when he faces a problem (more or less important).
5. What fascinates you about shooting film?
Without hesitating, it’s first for the moment when I discover my photos, and also the “charm” of the cases and the way to work with them, and, obviously, for the black and white rendering that you can naturally get, with no photoshop filter…
6. Tell us more about your analog Equipment. What cameras and scanner you use. Do you develop your films yourself?
I’ve got a Nikon F5, an Hasselblad 503Cxi, an holga, and very recently I got a leica minilux for my birthday… For the scanners I’ve got an epson 4990 for the medium format and an old minolta dimage scan elite 5400…………..
I developp my films myself, I need this kind of autonomy. I would live to use more often my enlarger but that’s too expensive for me.
7. What is your favorite black and white film? Is there a favorite color one, too?
I always use Trix400, especially because I never had any problem with it. I don’t have a favorite color one, I try different ones.
8. Are there any analog photographers that inspire you and we should make an interview with?
I don’t necessarily draw my inspiration from photography, but I can give you the names of photographers whose work I love (hard to only give a few names): Mando Alvarez, Shannon Richardson, Vladimir Longauer, Kalua K Krynska, Bastian Kalous, Quinn Jacobson.
9. Do you have a favorite photo of your photos? And why is it your favorite one?
No, I don’t really prefer one. Each has a particular sense to me, a period, a place, only good memories. That’s above all what I see when I look at them.
10. The last sentence is for you - What do want to tell us? Is there anything you want to do in the future with your photography?
I would like to move toward more humanistic photography. I’d like people to tell me their story.
If you want to see more of Jib Peters work, you’ll find him here: