Our featured photographer, Jakota Ermineskin has been creative all of his life, but he is fairly new to the gallery circuit. Besides showing his earlier works at school, he considers his show at Motion Gallery his greatest accomplishment to date, and a great start to his career as a photographer. He dreams of having his own studio with his brother in the near future.
This month, he exhibits a collection of macabre images, with a surreal eerie nature for his first art show themed around Halloween. The double play of wanting to look away from disturbing images, yet still wanting to continue looking at the detail and composition of his surreal art is something Jakota wishes to capture.
Jakota tells us the simplest things can inspire him, such as walking down the street, driving down dirt roads, or just simple things that have the most effect on him. “Artists for sure inspire me.” He explains that the inspiration he finds from other artists comes from seeing what they’ve done and trying to express it in his own way. He tells us, “If they have a sick picture, how can I make it even sicker, by doing what I would have done if I had their inspiration to do that picture.” Any art form is a passion and something he tries to soak in as much of as possible.
“I feel like I’ve always been artistic”, he says. He mostly enjoyed drawing as a child, he also enjoyed building random things with Legos, and would carve wood with his older brother.
“I’ always loved taking photos as a little kid, and I had a small toy camera when I was around . When I was around 11 or 12, I got my first working film camera, so I was careful because of the limited amount of film that I had. Then I bought my first camera.”
It wasn’t until the age of 15 that Jakota started taking photography more seriously. Around Christmas that year, he wanted to get himself a gift, and went into Black’s to see what they had for cameras. He eventually found the one he liked, and without caring too much about the price, he picked up his first Canon Rebel. With all the excitement he ripped it out of the box as soon as he got it. He adds, “I was just the happiest person in the world.”
His first Canon Rebel has retired now since he bought his latest Canon Rebel T5I with a 55 mm lens, which is primarily what he uses for his photographing these days. Even though he prefers digital photography for its quick straight to editing capability, he also enjoys analogue. Besides taking traditional Photography classes in high school, most of the photo manipulation and editing Jakota adds to his images are self taught.
He continues working on further photo manipulation to create creepy, horror and weird images which he enjoys doing so much. He tells us that he has various projects on the go at the same time, but this is the way he likes to work, which also keeps his creative juices flowing.
You can see more of Jakota’s work on Instagram @madnezzphotography and on his Facebook page www.facebook.com/madnezzphotography.
Written by Sandra Montgomery
Edited by Renee Laferriere