Jessica Hunkin

20 year old photographer based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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I love street photography. One of the reasons is because it takes no preparation, all I have to do is go somewhere. It doesn’t rely on me as it does on the people I may encounter. It’s refreshing and completely spontaneous. Typically I like to ask the person for permission before I photograph them. Some people argue that a candid shot is better, and that the shot is ruined once the subject becomes aware of the photographer. Personally though, I really love the connection formed when I do ask. Although I get nervous every single time, I regret it much more when I don’t ask than when I do. It’s much better to awkwardly ask someone if you can photograph them (and accept it if they say no), than to know you let fear stop you from trying.

This particular image was taken on one of the first trips I made, photographing strangers, and it’s still one of my favourites. I love her expression, and her hands.

Taken with Ilford HP5 Plus, on a Pentax MZ-30. Self processed and developed.

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doors leading nowhere

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Self developed Ilford FP4 125, taken in Albertville.

shadow play

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Experimenting with painting with light. Self developed black and white Ilford film. Scanned at home (hence all the scratches, although I like them).

lost things

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Portraits of inanimate objects.

Taken with a homemade pinhole camera, onto Ilford photographic paper.

brandon

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Model: Brandon Kotze

not all those who wander are lost

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“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost”

Model: Tyron Filliano

jess

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Portraits taken outside my home, with a Pentax K1000 and Fujicolor 200.

dust to dust

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Model: Carron Fick

powder and ink

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Laser print transfers.

antique alley

We went to Albertville for this shoot and had such a great time exploring all the vintage shops. Bonnie knows exactly how to fit herself into a situation or setting so it makes my job a breeze. Isn’t she lovely?

Model: Bonnie Meslane