Location: Portland OR
Describe your motivation in three words: visual journal
D-JOHN – John Mosca, better known as D-John to my brother and I, passed away on the morning of April 18th, 2013. My grandfather was a storyteller, a teacher, and the ultimate family man. I spent most Sunday evenings listening to his stories that ranged from his time in the Navy during WWII, to the best way to cut open an English muffin. He showed me how to feed seagulls at the beach, how to quickly calculate an appropriate tip, and how to unconditionally love my family. After realizing he was actually gone, it quickly became clear to me that keeping his stories alive was important. Important for me, for my family and for the family I hope to one day have.
What inspired this photographic series?
The love I have for my grandfather and my hope to preserve the memories I have of him.
Who/what is your biggest photographic influence?
I use photography as a means of visual journaling. My influences range from the people I find my self surrounded by, to my reaction to an emotional event, to the beauty that is the Pacific Northwest. Sally Mann, Cindy Sherman, and Mary Ellen Mark were all big influences early on and now I follow more contemporary photographers such as Alison Brady, Annette Pehrsson, and Anna Aden.
Favorite piece of photographic equipment?
My baby blad of course, the Hasselblad 503cx.
What is your preferred photographic subject matter?
People, in a natural setting.
What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep?
I’ve never hit the 24 hour mark as far as I can remember! I don’t do well without lots of sleep.
What’s the last thing you took a picture of?
A cat, or three.
When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?
That depends on how much I’ve been working lately! Sometimes I’ll read a bit, or try to squeeze in an episode of something on Netflix in, or do the dishes. Trying to catch up on life stuff, usually.