Jacob Gordon, a good friend of mine and a Scholastic Gold and Silver Key winner, agreed to let me interview him for this week’s Teen Artist post. Jacob, or Jake, is a seventeen-year old student at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, New York. When Jake isn’t taking photos, he enjoys playing with his cats, learning about chemistry, and reading. Jake shoots solely film photography.
Thank you for interviewing with ArtSpotNYC! To start off, has photography always been your preferred medium, and how long have you been taking photographs for?
A: Photography has indeed always been my medium of choice. I have dabbled in other art forms, but photography has always been my largest medium. I’ve been taking pictures for a very long time. When I was a kid, I used to mess around with my mom’s cameras (she is a photo editor) and take silly pictures just for fun. Officially, I’ve been taking pictures for about 3 or 4 years.
What types of subject matter do you enjoy photographing and why?
A: I guess people. People are both more fun and interesting to photograph than landscapes or still life (which are pretty, but dont make good conversation). It’s also more enjoyable to photograph people because you have that person frozen in time, so even as that person changes, that image of them will always exist.
What do you think of when you hear “contemporary art”?
A: I think of stuff the New Museum likes to show; white rooms with sculptures, or some kind of small paint splatter on a blank canvas, or something artsy like that. The term never makes me think of realism, and especially not photography. It reminds me of that minimalist MoMa stuff.
Do you know of any contemporary artists? If so, who are your favorites?
A: Eesh. I’m honestly not a huge art critic by any means, I dont have any kind of eye for art, and i dont really look at art or go to museums.
Lastly, what do you think defines “art”?
A: I think art is defined by the person who makes it. If it comes out of someones mind as ‘art,’ then thats exactly what it is. It’s not within anyone but the artist’s power to decide if their work is, or is not, art.
Check out Jacob’s work here.