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CHIMERIA

Jeremy John

Each night, the sleeping brain draws memories – recent or far-gone – and splices them into a new story; a new beast; a whole new conception that is presented to consciousness. An impression is then forged of an event that never happened. CHIMERIA probes the dream world retrieving fleeting snippets of its wondrous, absurd and often terrifying nature.

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Jeremy John

Jeremy was born in London in 1989. From the late 90’s into the 2000’s he was busy immersing himself in the thriving skateboarding communities around the city, this triggered his interest in documentary photography, focusing his lens on his friends in this – at the time – fringe subculture. For several years he worked as a graphic designer across various agencies in London, sparking his creative mind and sharpening his eye for aesthetics. In 2017, Jeremy left the UK, beginning a bicycle tour to India and its neighbouring countries igniting a photography project documenting obscure and fast-fading cultures from the woodland sorcerers of Northern Thailand to the wild nomads of the Mongolian Steppe. After one and a half years and twenty-two countries, he pedalled into Berlin, concluding his 17,000km journey, whereafter his work began to take a more artistic direction, straddling the border between reality and fiction.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

Hopefully near a mountain.

What is a good design for you?

Unapologetic yet subtle. Like a good photograph, one should be absorbed in the vibe and forget that it was ever designed.

What was the most challenging experience during your studies?

Gaining confidence when working with models.

Who or what inspires you?

The absurdity of it all.

How do you approach a new project?

For me just starting is the most important. With whatever topic I have in mind, I might just go out shooting around the city or wherever I am. Any progress I make is more than what I had before, and while most of it will be rubbish – maybe one picture will spark something. I am also open to letting my concept change depending on the outcome of these experiments.

What advice would you give to students who just started studying in your programme?

Absorb yourself in the work of artists that you admire, and don't be afraid to let their work inspire yours. Often –probably always – creative ideas come from combining two or more of your inspirations. And even if you try to recreate just one artist's work, you will inevitably inject some of your own special sauce.

Have you changed during your studies? How?

I am now quite passionate about staged photography and art direction.

Why did you choose to study in your programme?

As a documentary photographer, I was getting bored of chasing stories and wanted to create some.

What are you not going to miss in your studies?

MS Teams.

How are you going to celebrate your graduation?

Staring blankly into space, eating baked beans from a chalice.

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1 comments in total

Mr Dr 2021-02-13 11:58:04

Amazing work brother! It was an honour to watch you grow as a photographer and learn from you at the same time. Your pictures have a unique style and mystery to it, that makes the onlooker entranced by it. Looking forward to seeing more of it.

Alena Ivanova