Today it is truly an honor to feature one of the creative chicks I look up to most, Jefra Linn. Jefra is a photographer who epitomizes – to me – what it means to be a photographer: she captures the world as she sees it. Jefra’s unique perspective and her ability to allow herself total freedom of expression inspires me to let my own creativity shine. I’m going to put some of Jefra’s pics throughout the post so you can really get a feel for her style and creativity.
A little about Jefra:
I’m a picture person. I love visual things. Gorgeous photos, design and everything else. The older and junkier the camera the better. And that includes digital cameras.
I think you get to know someone so well by just reading what they love – here’s me…
Maker of messes. Would eat cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner – oh wait! I do. Gatherer of tchatchkes. Revels in design. Tries to do stuff.
List of cool stuff I love – – (in no particular order) old wooden molding, bare concrete with a thick layer of varnish, mid-century modern, tacky vintage tchatchkes, stuff that’s really dry and understated. Chuck Taylors. Handwriting and scribbles. Lens flares. Communication Arts, HOW, Luerzers. Grasses. Graphite and ink. Mistakes. Beads. Film grain. Paper/ textures. Fonts. Toy cameras and old cameras. The more esoteric the better. Fabrics (the fabric store is heavenly). Transparency. Shadows. Abandoned places that once were called “home.” Old Buttons of all kinds. Anything antique, retro, vintage. Old buildings. Plants. Station wagons. Scanning stuff. Symbolism. Birds. Birds on wires. Birds in trees. And just plain Birds. Printmaking. And Letterpress. Of all kinds. I LOVE that stuff! Love this. Etsy. I love everything about it. TACKINESS. Tacky Christmas stuff. Tacky religious stuff – but only if it’s really over the top. Positive/Negative play. I’m into Architecture In Helsinki and love Philip Seymour Hoffman and Cate Blanchett.
1. Why is creativity important to you?
Creativity, to me, is another way of speaking, of expressing yourself and using your individual voice to lift others on their way as well.
2. What do you enjoy creating the most?
Pretty much anything that I can do sloppily. I’m not a very patient person and so I am always happy when I can make fast and dirty projects look good. I kinda find it inspiring to be given parameters and then have to make those work. This is the case with shooting for me as well.
3. Do you have any fears when creating?
I think it’s inherent in all creators to have fear. You’re exposing yourself in a very personal way and with that comes vulnerability. I come from a family of art people and my husband, David, is an amazing, supportive (more supportive of me than I am of myself actually) artist as well – www.davidlinn.com. Also surrounding yourself with a creative scaffolding of friends is immensely helpful.
4. Are your family & friends supportive of the things you create?
Not only are my friends and family supportive, they are what always keep me going!!
5. How do you find time to create?
I pretty much throw my responsibilities in front of the bus. It’s not pretty when it happens.
6. Words of inspiration to creative chicks:
Reward your curiosity. For creative people, curiosity is a necessity, not an indulgence.
Jefra’s photography and her perspective on life and creativity are always a breath of fresh air for me. It’s so easy to get caught up in comparison and worry that you’re not enough. Whenever I have those weak moments, I think of Jefra and take courage to simply myself and be peaceful with my growth and creative process. If you ever get the chance to hear Jefra speak or have her take some pictures for you, TAKE IT. It will be an opportunity you’ll long-remember and reflect upon.
Right now Jefra is teaming with one of my favorite designers, Liz Tamanaha of Paislee Press (featuring her soon! Stay tuned!), for “Develop: on Fridays.” Each week they post a new photography challenge set up to teach everyone new skills while also allowing everyone’s own unique voice to shine through their photos. I’m a huge fan of this project and have been very inspired by it.
Jefra, thank you so much for inspiring us with your creativitiy! xoxoxox