Creating space with Justin Sisson

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a still-life photographer based in Brooklyn, NY by way of the West Coast.

Where do you call home?

Home during this time for myself has been nestled away with my partner in Park Slope.

What are you shooting today?

I’ve been using this time to photograph items in the kitchen as I’ve been spending more time there than I ever had previously.

How have you approached creating at home?

My approach is always the same no matter where I’m located because the goal is always the same. That goal plainly put is to encourage people to slow down and appreciate how beautiful simple moments can be. I hope with my work to highlight just how precious every moment truly is.

What has motivated you to keep shooting?

Photography gets me out of bed in the morning. Photography keeps me up late at night. I think about creating photos or some aspect of it about 95% of my day. I’m obsessed with making photos. It’s my therapy, it’s my voice, it’s my everything. This time is no different for myself as an artist and what leads me to create. Oddly enough, shooting is what motives me to continue with other things I’d often label as mundane.

Any tips on how to set up a home studio?

My number one tip for setting up a home studio is to keep it simple. Find the best light in your space and work around that area. Still-life work usually just requires a surface and quality light. Portraits may not need any surfaces at all. Keep the set up simple so it doesn’t get in the way of the overall goal of actually taking the photo.

Could you tell us about a few of your favorite objects?

My favorite objects as of late have been centered around my new morning ritual of brewing Aeropress coffee. I’m in the process of perfecting my morning cup and this journey has lead me down a completely new path.

What are you listening to these days?

I’m a huge fan of the contemporary composer Nils Frahm and his latest offerings “Empty” which I’ve played dozens of times since it’s release for piano day (3/29).

What is one thing you’re doing to help someone else?

I’m in the early stages of creating a newsletter that allows me to share thoughts and images from my archive in a meaningful way. My goal with this piece is to remind people that they’re not alone during these very trying times. I’m getting back to the basics and hoping to engage in real dialogue.
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