I met Jes Davis many years ago in a faraway place called San Francisco. We did a film together. She played God. As a punk.
A . . teenage punk. It was glorious.
Now we are older and jaded and still doing crazy things because we think it's fun.
Actually, I LEAPT at the chance to photograph her wearing her own fashion line TUNC. I was very new to fashion photographer and she really taught me what it was like to show up to a shoot and work exclusively with one model. I was super nervous and, in the end, it was pointless because this is one of the best photo shoots I've ever had.
I never knew how to shoot a model, how to pose anyone, and certainly hadn't done street photography prior to this. It enflamed a real passion in me that I try to succumb to whenever possible.
She was so good at what she did that I chose the background for the photos and she did everything else. She was effortless and confident and it made learning how to photograph her a genuine pleasure.
I also had the opportunity to have a quick interview with her on the busy streets of Brooklyn. Click Here to hear it!!
I asked her what it was like working in multiple disciplines - theater, fashion, writing, film, etc- and what she loves most about collaborating with other artists. And, of course, what amazing things are happening in the streets of Brooklyn that everyone should know about.
She is fabulous. She oozes self confidence - even when she doesn't feel like she does. She struggles daily and still gets up and puts out amazing work on stage, in magazines, online, and on the catwalk.
One day, it'd like to grow up and be a little more like her.