Julie Jones | Dayton OH, USA

Short bio…

Julie Renée Jones was born and grew up in Dayton Ohio, where the majority of her photographic focus has remained throughout her career. She received her MFA from Columbia College Chicago in 2012 and earned her BFA from the University of Dayton in 2007. Julie’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally; her most recent exhibitions include Hyde Park Arts Center’s Ground Floor Exhibition and Margate Photo Fest 3.

You shoot film because…

The most important to me as an artist about film is its materiality. Not only am I working with a machine that is capable of record whatever is in front of the lens, but I am also granted the opportunity to work with this wonderful complex and diverse light-sensitive material. In my work I push film’s inherent range to its limits, working in a space that lends for the materiality of the medium itself to create the surreal within reality and challenge expectations of what a photograph does.

Your photography feels like…

My work feels like magic realism unfolding in the monotony of Midwestern American suburbia. I draw inspiration from the films of David Lynch and John Carpenter and their focus on the absurd and horrific set against the safety of the suburbs. The photographs I make heavily reference dreams and/or memories and are taken directly from my own personal childhood experiences. I am interested in the way memory recollection is distorted and the surreal quality they take on as we grow older.

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