Interview: Photographer Jayden Spinks
Out to document authentic experiences to retell and relive, again and again as true to occurrence as possible, Jayden Spinks tells us about his mission to rediscover passion and share his stories so we may now share some of them with you!
What led you to pick up a camera in the first place? What sparked your passion?
Growing up in Southern Utah, about 25 minutes west of Zion National Park, I was constantly surrounded by massive red rock. I had grown custom to it however. I wanted to regain my love for it. I thought, ‘if I am able to capture this and share it with people who may not be able to be here, then it would really spark my passion for this beautiful landscape that surrounded me’. Being just a kid in high school at the time, I would take every moment I had, (and spending all the money I had) on gas to drive to new places to hike and document everything I could to share with anybody who would listen.
How would you describe your vision and style?
When I first picked up a camera, my main focus was the landscapes of the southwest. As I tried and tried and tried different techniques etc. to develop my “niche”, I finally settled down by capturing real candid moments rather than solely the places I was. I want to remember how it felt in that exact moment. I wanted to remember. This life is way too short and time fades, but if I have a photo that describes exactly what it was like to be in that moment, I can relive that over and over.
What inspires you to shoot the way you do?
There are people whose work truly inspires me to shoot a more candid style (Andrew Kearns). I would say the most inspiration comes from the drive of wanting to see more. Wanting to explore. Wanting to experience and live the fullest I can. Our time is limited. There will come a time where we can’t just head out on the weekend and drive several hours through the night, sleep when the seats laid back in the front seat of a car in the middle of nowhere, just to see the sunrise. So why not do it as much as I can now and capture exactly what I felt, so I can do that, even when I’m not young and reckless. I live for now. Nothing waits for you.
What some are essential aspects to your photography?
The most essential aspect is most definitely, who I am with. There is nothing better than experiencing the greater things in life with a few good friends by your side!
Is there anything that you’d like to improve on or learn?
That’s the thing with photography, there is always more to learn and improve on. Each time I turn my camera on and look through the lens, I am trying to learn something new. Most of the time it’s learning how to view everyday life and make it significant.
How would you say you and your photography have evolved over time?
I think that over time, through countless hours learning, experiencing, and living, I have grown. In every aspect of my life, I have grown because of the bigger “picture” that I see everyday. It has changed my perspective of my life and the way I life.
How do you describe your perspective or outlook of the world?
Do what you truly want. Don’t let others decide for you. Forge your own path in this world. Follow your passion, whatever that might be. We don’t have enough time to do something we don’t love.
Why do you keep going?
I keep going because I want to remember. Like I said before, we can only be reckless for so long. Make it worth while, document it, and remember it.