This particular project aims to capture individuals in everyday real-life situations or events in an artistic manner. The primary goal is to tell stories about people's lives without staging or intruding in a certain situation.
It could be said that I’m a nomad when it comes to photography. I need to always be on the move in order to be inspired with new subject matter. Throughout countless hours of travel, I’ve encountered these subjects, places, & situations that have constructed this body of work.
People in shapes
Emphasizing the juxtaposition of the organic forms of people with the geometric shapes of the world. Photographing individuals within a confined space found in a public environment. Patience and luck are two of the many factors that go into this body of work. Patience because waiting for the right person to be in the perfect space can take time, and luck because light, camera settings, and distractions must all be precise or non existent for the freezing moment. This body of work can be catalogued as disciplined people watching, because of the fascination of human beings and their interactions with their surroundings while isolated from the masses. Henri Cartier Bresson and Philip Lorca diCorcia were a tremendous influence for this body of work because of their deep attachment to people and the “Decisive Moment” to press the shutter.
In this body of work I am portraying a series of musical artists. It is very important the photography taken of each group or person really fits their style of sound. I carefully listen to their music to come up with ways to photographically represent each character. Many different locations, poses, and props will be explored to help this series come alive, since it is not only about the artists but also about what surrounds them.
John Julius Knight
Shot For Defected Records House Masters Compilation
Shot for 5 Magazine
Lights, shadows, back of commercial buildings, and human presence are what create this body of work. Working in the restaurant business, leaving work at late hours of the night, and long walks to the car have inspired me to photograph what it’s like to roam the city while the only people awake at the ones working late night shifts. Behind every restaurant or store, there is a behind the scenes. Not everything is nice and pretty like the front of the store, the back of the house is where people put in hard work to get things done, if it means leaving a door open to get work done faster or leaving a chair outside to take a break and smoke a cigarette. I want to let the viewer finish the story in my photographs by adding people to the photos with their imagination.