Meet Zachary Jorgensen.
Zachary is one of the most creative and inspiring photographers that I have had the privilege of becoming friends with in the past year. Currently finishing his studies at Northern Arizona University, Zachary is a photography major with a field emphasis and a minor in photojournalism.
What makes Zachary stand out from the rest is his unrelenting passion and vision for his career.
Recently, I was lucky enough to snag an interview with this dashing man and ask him about his work. His passion and love for his field oozes from the page, and I couldn’t help but feel inspired by him –which is why I wanted to share this interview with you all. Zachary is a visionary that has to be seen:
“What got you into this field? How did you know that this was the line of work that you wanted to do?”
Zachary: “My high school black-and-white photography teacher, Mr. Cava, helped me discover my passion for photography. He not only taught me the basics of how to work a camera, but he also inspired me to view photography as a way to capture the beauty and complexity of the world in one instance. I knew that photography was the line of work for me because I could not imagine going into any other profession. Photography was the only option for me to have not only a successful career, but also a happy one.”
“What/who inspires your work? How do you find inspiration?”
Zachary: “Through my photography studies, I have come across numerous photographers that inspire me. The photographers that I have found to be most inspirational include: Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Elliot Porter. I try to find inspiration in all landscapes by analyzing the surroundings and all the minute details.”
“When do you find yourself the most creative/inspired? What motivates/fuels you to create?”
Zachary: “I find myself to be most inspired when I am out in nature. I find every bit of the world to be unique and captivating. Nature inspires me to think beyond basic ideas and myself, and to focus on the complex ideas and circumstances in the world. I am also inspired by the horror genre. I enjoy capturing and exemplifying my interpretation of the concepts of mortality and primitive human emotions that are depicted in this genre. For capturing photos of nature, it motivates me to illustrate to other people how beautiful nature truly is. Nature’s beauty also inspires me to try to save it; with the detrimental effects of climate change, I am motivated to try my best to save it. For capturing more creative photographs, it fuels me to express my ideas in my own style and in as much depth as possible.”
“What photographs are you most proud of, and why?”
“Unspoken Serendipity” (2017) – The story behind this photograph is that society suffocates the individual through the oppression of individuality. The emotion that this photo impacted me with was trepidation.
“Winter Fire” (2017) – The story behind this photo was my desire to capture the sunset after the recent winter storm. The emotion that this photo impacted me was isolation because of the footprints left by transients.
“Tranquil Torment” (2017) – The story behind this photo was my desire to exemplify the contrast between the scenery of this location with summer and winter. My summer photo shoot at this exact location
“Can you define the word “passion” for me in your own terms?”
Zachary: “To me, passion is everything that we as humans, crave. We all have passions that help us get through our days and through the challenges in our lives. Whether it is passion for a career, passion to travel, passion for family or religion, it is one of the only constant things in our lives. Without passion, life would lack a potent human element.”
“Think about life. How has life impacted or influenced your work?”
Zachary: “The life that constructs nature influences my work profoundly. Since I find all life to be precious and I believe that there is nothing more important than life, I try to focus my work around the concepts of life and death.”
“What are your plans for 2017?”
Zachary: “My plans for 2017 are to continue my college education and to hopefully graduate from my undergraduate studies. I hope to also move to Oregon to pursue a graduate degree in photography. My overall goals as I continue to build my career are to be employed by a travel or photojournalism magazine, travel the world, and raise awareness for climate change. My ultimate achievement would be to have people feel emotions through my work.”
“If you could meet every single person on the planet and give them a piece of advice, what would you tell them?”
Zachary: “If I could meet every single person on this planet, I would give the advice to save the world since it is the source of all life and a unique beauty.”