There's a passage in John O'Donohue's essays on Beauty that begins, "Beauty's light comes up slowly and shyly along the edges . ." and that is the phrase that always comes to mind when I see photographs by Jen Korff.
Her work has such a lovely quality of quiet and reflection. There is a gentle presence behind the camera that comes through in the final image. Her work has been celebrated at apartment therapy and oen, but the best way to get a sense of the fullness of her images is to go to her website where she shares glimmers of what she sees through the lens.
Needless to say, we're all pretty thrilled that Jen is traveling out of Brooklyn next September to join us at the lake. She has a wonderful workshop on offer called Chasing the Light where she will share how she creates a photograph that tells a story and evokes a feeling. She will help you weave her tips and approach into your own work so that your photographs are expressing the emotion or narrative you were hoping to capture.
Like many photographers, Jen prefers to be behind the camera but we drew her out recently to answer a few questions for us so that we might get to know her better.
Where were you born?
I was born and raised into a quiet suburb outside of Philadelphia, PA. A cannon run kid from the 70's and 80's.
Describe yourself in 5 words
Honest, loving, strong, goofy, daydreamer
What is your most ideal vacation?
A private rocky beach with my fella on an island in the adriatic.
What is something you would like to learn to do?
Despite the mild winter we are having this year, I am in the process of knitting my first sweater and wish I knew an expert who could teach me the cable stitch. I am terrible at learning from videos!**
Country mouse or City Mouse?
Preferably, both. I live in the most humble and quiet parts of historic Greenpoint, Brooklyn and love the small town feel knowing my neighbors so well, but also living in such close proximity to crazy city action. My partner and I always long for a quiet space in the woods, too and are working at making that duality a reality.
What is the best part of your day?
I love mornings at home, at the start of my day. The light, the quiet, I love all of it.
*all photos by Jen Korff
**(ed. note) hmm, Jen, methinks you might want to check out the June gathering next year. . .
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