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Jo Straube

Jo Straube - www.jostraube.no
Jo Straube – www.jostraube.no

 

“What I love the most with photography is that I meet people in places I would never go if I was not a photographer. I think this has made me a more open-minded and understanding towards others, and I hope it is something I can share with my photos.” Jo Straube

 

 

Jo Straube. Born in 1983, Jo Straube is a documentary photographer and photojournalist from Norway, currently based in Oslo. He studied photography at Lofoten Folkehogskole and Oslo University College.

Artist statement: “I am a simple photographer. Less equipment makes the choices in each situation fewer, and makes it easier to focus the attention on what is going on instead of your equipment.

Before I start working I try to find out which are the people involved, who and what this story is really about, and try to get as close to the core as I can.”

 

Jo Straube "Visual Vocabulary" - Top Photography Films
Jo Straube “Visual Vocabulary” – Top Photography Films

 

Jo Straube, why did you decide to become a photographer?

After starting studies in comparative politics, I thought I should at least take a year to learn more about photography. During that year I was introduced to documentary photography, which I felt really attracted to. So I thought I would give it a shot, and that’s where I am now.

What does photography mean to you?

What I love the most with photography is that I meet people in places I would never go if I was not a photographer. I think this has made me a more open-minded and understanding towards others, and I hope it is something I can share with my photos.

 

 

Which photographer has inspired you most and why?

There’s not just one photographer or just one reason.

 

Don McCullin on Social Documentary Photography

 

Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures. Don McCullin

How would you describe your photographic style and way of working? How do you realize a shooting?

I am a simple photographer. Less equipment makes the choices in each situation fewer, and makes it easier to focus the attention on what is going on instead of your equipment.

Before I start working I try to find out which are the people involved, who and what this story is really about, and try to get as close to the core as I can.

What’s important in order to develop an own photographic style and how did you achieve it?

I think it’s a good idea not to spend too much time thinking about photographic style, but rather about the story and the people involved in it. I avoid too much wide lens and too much tele zoom, which helps bringing visual consistency to the images.

 

Jo Straube "Visual Vocabulary" - Top Photography Films
Jo Straube “Visual Vocabulary” – Top Photography Films

 

What qualities does a good photographer need?

Good eyes and a good heart.

What does a photo need to be a great photo in your eyes?

It has to move your emotions somehow.

Where do you draw inspiration from for your photographic projects?

I want to tell the story in a good and interesting way, most of it I learn from other photographers and take into my own growing visual vocabulary.

How do you keep up to date with new developments in photography, to keep on learning new things?

I ask or read about it, I guess. Most of the time I don’t keep very much up to date.

Digital or analog?

Mostly digital, but I have an old two eyed medium format camera that I like doing portraits with and a compact analogue that is loaded with black and white film.

What kind of photography equipment and photographic supplies do you use?

I usually carry 2 digital SLRs with 28, 35, 50 and 100mm.

What’s your favorite website on photography?

“Moment Agency” has some of my favorite Scandinavian photographers.

Which advice would you give someone who wants to become a professional photographer?

Learn something other than photography. Study languages or subjects of interests. International relations, geography or economy are all subjects I would love to study more. Language, knowledge and connections can take you much further than just a camera.

 

More information about photographer Jo Straube

 

Official homepage: www.jostraube.no

Contact: jo.straube@gmail.com

 

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