Photographer’s Eye: Jonny Maxfield

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Jonny Maxfield

www.fourthdimensionvideo.co.uk

Jonny is a DOP and time lapse photographer from Newcastle working on a mixture of commercial, documentary and arts based projects. 

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Three books that have inspired you?

The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle

Reasons to stay alive – Matt Haig

Touching Distance – James Cracknell

Favourite photo you have taken? 

Tough question when I am very indecisive and self critical but this shot taken in Abisko, Sweden is a contender for my favourite. It was my second night of being out in -20°C temperatures and having seen an incredibly bright but fast moving aurora the previous night which was almost impossible to get a good shot of. This slow moving subtle aurora lit up the sky and allowed me to photograph it for the first time which I had wanted to do for years.

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A shot of a single object that expresses a powerful memory/event? 

My legs hanging out of an open door helicopter in NYC. This brings back happy memories of seeing such a unique viewpoint as well as it being a humbling experience of seeing the bright lights of the busy city below and reminding yourself in the words of Joe Rogan “that we are talking monkeys on an organic spaceship flying through the universe.”

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How do you view Generation Z, the Post-Millennials and their approach to shooting?

Being from this generation the digital approach to shooting is all I’ve ever really known apart from a short stint with a 35mm camera my dad gave me. I think the approach is often shoot shoot shoot and find the best one while doing post, which I am guilty of. Which in some ways is a shame as you lose the suspense of waiting to develop the photos to see how it came out. Shooting time-lapse I’ve found that manages to still give you that suspense while still shooting digital as you could shoot a scene for hours or even days and not really know how it will look or if it will have worked until you get back and process the images.

Do you think analogue is a dead format in commercial photography?

I think in 99% of cases yes which is a shame when watching films like Samsara directed by Ron Fricke which was shot on 70mm film which gives such a nice crisp image.

Do you miss the dark room?

Being fairly young (just turned 30!) I think I only used a darkroom a couple of times. In my editing I like to make small changes then come back a day later when my eyes have adjusted and make more changes so I think the digital workflow is better for me.

Has Instagram made your work more recognised? Who is your favourite Instagram photographer?

I am terrible at social media, my posting of photos is very sporadic which is a shame as I waste a lot of time procrastinating flicking through Instagram!

I spent a week with David @actionphototours in the summer travelling Utah and Arizona so I always look forward to seeing his posts of places we visited as well as places I’d like to visit.

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