December 31st, 2020
It’s amazing the power that photos and images can convey. The emotions they can stir up and cause. Photographer Jeffrey John Parsons work is varied with shooting action figures to landscapes and professional athletes. His attention to detail and the work he puts into creating the scene in his action figure shots are unreal. He has a great skill in his ability to showcase the mood of the photos. His Action figure work and being the official photographer of the Newfoundland Growlers Hockey Club, two very different styles yet he's able to pull the viewer right into the middle of action. Truly a skilled creator.
Where are you from?
St. Phillips Newfoundland Canada… as far East in North America as you can get.
How did you get interested in Photography?
I’ve always been attracted to the arts whether paint or camera. I’ve been a Graphic Designer for 25 years and have always been interested in the photo side of marketing so I eventually got a basic camera kit and started practicing.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I find there’s inspiration everywhere, sometimes being artistic is a curse because you are constantly looking at objects and light and how everything flows together. It could be a texture on a wall or a colour in nature.
Do you edit your own photos or do you use a retoucher?
I do everything myself. I don’t believe in pre-sets (unless made by myself). This is what separates true artists to amateur wanna be’s. If you can’t compose, shoot and edit to your vision then you shouldn’t be at it.
How would you describe your photography style?
I guess it depends on what I shoot. My toy photos are gritty and dark… more journalistic war style. My sports I try to keep bright and energetic… the same for my landscapes and nature. Weddings are usually more natural. Also if I feel a photo deserves a certain mood or artistic expression I’ll edit according to the mood I’m trying to achieve.
In your opinion what is the single most important tool of a photographer?
Passion. Without passion you have nothing… you can be the most talented person in the world but if you have no heart you won’t succeed.
How long does it take to setup a scene to shoot?
It depends on what I want to achieve. If I’m shooting my toy photos, I’ll come up with a concept and if I don’t have what I need I’ll make it. For example I wanted a Mos Eisley street scene to work with… it took 6 weeks to make all the buildings and get everything ready. If it’s a natural shot then that’s quicker… find a location and shoot.
Are you self-taught or did you go to school for photography?
I’m self taught. I’m actually a technical Illustrator but work as a Graphic Designer.
If you had a time machine, would you use it and where would you go?
Funny I’ve always wanted to answer that… first I’d travel back to when my Dad was a teenager and hang out… play sports with him and have a few wobbly pops. I would also like to travel back to when my favourite bands were just starting out and watch them live.
Which brand of equipment do you use? Why did you choose that brand?
I shoot Canon. There was no specific reason to why I choose Canon… the agency I worked for at the time had one so I was familiar with some of the features.
What’s the biggest challenge with shooting a hockey team?
I guess the speed, but knowing the sport helps. It’s a fun sport to shoot. I love shooting the goalies, being one myself I guess I’m drawn to their gear and athleticism.
How has your work evolved from when you first starting to now?
Oh man by leaps and bounds… I always say my best photo is the next one because you’re always evolving… learning. In the beginning you try to hard whether to get that perfect shot or in post and over edit… as you get more comfortable, it just flows.
What's the best advice someone gave you about your work?
If you’re good at it don’t do it for free ha ha. I’ve had the pleasure to be friends with my mentors, and they have helped me along the way. I would give a shout out here, but their heads are big enough ha ha.
Do you prefer Oreo or Fudgee-O cookies?
Wow, this is a tough one… Oreo I guess… but man can’t turn down a fudge-O.