ALANA ESPOSITO & JACOB MORRISON | PHOTOGRAPHERS

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Earlier this year Badlands took a trip to Brisbane and on said trip we had the opportunity to talk and shoot with Alana and Jacob.
Two, Young, Brisbane based photographers who’s attention to detail, mood and emotion through their work has lead us to want to work with
them again and again and again. We hung out and shot together for a few hours and this is what we talked about.

 

WHAT MAKES YOU WANT TO GET OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING? 

AE: Usually just my need for food to be honest, or an alarm. Otherwise I could probably stay in bed forever.
JM: In all honesty I’m much like Alana. I could spend days in bed, but the main motivator is usually food or a planned road trip that we try to organize frequently.

YOU WORK TOGETHER QUITE OFTEN, DOES WORKING APART EVER FEEL ODD? DO YOU FEEL THAT WORKING TOGETHER STRENGTHENS YOUR WORK?

AE: I do feel a bit weird if I’m shooting without Jacob sometimes, just because I’m used to us doing it together & I feel like it’s usually a collaborative effort between us, or just something we do together as a method of bonding, but sometimes it’s a nice solitude taking some personal photos just for yourself, or doing a shoot with someone without another photographer to feed you ideas.
JM: I feel like doing shoots separately helps us grow, and having to come up with ideas by yourself is a lot more challenging. I much prefer shooting together as we constantly bounce ideas off each other, or one of you comes up with a different pose that the other didn’t think of and you can see that in the photos. The best photos we’ve taken are the ones from when we’ve worked together.

BEING YOUNGER THAN MOST IN YOUR FIELD, WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELVES IN 5 YEARS? 

AE: I have no idea what I’m even doing tomorrow, I don’t think I’m equipped enough to answer this question just yet, but I do hope I’ll be living somewhere I love & doing at least one thing every day that fulfills me.
JM: I hope to have my own production company based in Melbourne, catering to photography and film as well as having a team so close that we’re like family to each other. With Alana by my side, I feel like this dream will come true as she motivates and inspires me to work hard every day.

 

 

 

WHAT’S SOMETHING THAT YOU LOVE THAT YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER CAN’T STAND?

AE: I go into Gorman clothing stores a lot. I don’t think Jacob always appreciates and understands the prints, or the time I spend looking at them.
JM: As a film student there’s nothing better than binge watching movies and tv shows, even if they’re bad. Having different tastes in films however, Alana tends to….what’s the word…tolerate half of the stuff I watch.

 

WHAT INSPIRES YOU ABOUT EACH OTHER? 

AE: Jacob always manages to capture a moment in such an individual way. I really admire how much he’s grown into his style of photography over this past year & how he doesn’t just slot into one specific style; he encapsulates so many different styles so perfectly & is so diverse. If someone wanted a specific kinda shoot or style I think he’d come up with a way to capture it & put his own spin on it.
JM:  I would be nothing without Alana. Her drive and motivation to push the people she loves to do their best is really an incredible thing. She has such a unique way of thinking, and that really comes through her photos. Recently she’s started to take an interest in film, going off digital and only taking film, which inspired me to start getting into it myself.

 

CITY, SUBURB OR SEA?

AE: All of them! I think living in Queensland we have a pretty good selection of all of these.
JM:  I would have to say the same as Alana. I love each for their own reasons and it would be too hard to choose one over the other.

 

WHAT’S THE FURTHEST YOU’VE GONE TO GET “THE SHOT”? 

AE:  I’ve flown to Melbourne by myself & done some photos with a friend, does that count? I also went to America one time & took a few photos there.
JM: I’ve done a few crazy things to get the shot, from going on top of a building (that we may or may not have had permission) to shoot portraits. I’ve also climbed trees growing from the side of a (small) cliff over a water hole to get shots of people back flipping into the water. I could continue but you get the idea.


WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR WORK? DO YOU HAVE A STORY TO TELL? 

AE: My photos are pretty much just for myself or friends to be honest. I used to want to do shoots with more people that I didn’t really know I think just for instagram, but now I really only want to focus on doing photos with friends or just taking photos because I want to take those photos. At the end of the day I want the photos to be a personal experience. I like to look back on photos fondly & use them to remember a moment in time.
JM: I’ve always struggled with my identity in my photography, only as of recently I feel that I’ve finally found my theme/style. I’ve always had an interest in nature and the industrial world. My style is very much a blend of those two factors. A blend of natural and urban I guess you could call it. I always try and show case this in my portraits and portray the feeling of that location.

CARTOON/POP-CULTURE CHARACTER THAT YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER REMINDS YOU THE MOST OF? 

AE:  I’ve legitimately never thought about this before, but I kinda wanna say Jake from Adventure Time because he’s always eating. Otherwise an anime character just because Jacob’s hair in the morning has that kinda potential.
JM: It took a while to think about this, I guess the closest cartoon character that I could think of that reminds me of her is CatDog. On the cat side she is incredibly smart and loves being neat, but on the dog side she’s fun to be with, easy going, very loyal, short attention span, but most importantly loves food. I feel Alana radiates CatDog for those reasons and can swap personalities of the two quite often.

WHAT’S A MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE THAT’S TAKEN YOUR BREATH AWAY?

AE:  I feel like we’ve been lucky enough to have so many of these moments that I really couldn’t pick just one. I think we probably shared the most of these kinda moments when we went on a little trip to Melbourne in July last year. I’d never been before & it was just really exciting & surreal for me to plan a trip with someone whose company I enjoy so much, so I think that trip was just a compilation of those moments.
JM: Hands down our little trip to Melbourne. It was her first time there so we made sure it was special. She found some amazing places, shops and can’t forget the food…The FOOD WAS TO DIE FOR! I don’t think we wasted a single second there. We would wake up and walk around the city all day until it was dark, then we would go back out and take night landscapes. The whole trip was unforgettable and really created a strong bond with each other and the city.

 


Make sure you head over to both Alana and Jacob’s instagram pages and check out their work.
They may be young but this is only the start of what these two young creators can achieve.

 

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