JILL HANNES

Your work has a very nostalgic and distinctly American feel. What draws you to continually explore this aesthetic?

I’m deeply inspired by cinema, especially older films from the 60s and 70s and I always get a lot of ideas when I travel to Texas, where my family is from. The small towns around there have a very stuck-in-the-times vibe which is eerie and bizarre, yet somehow comforting. I like to try to capture that.

What inspires you to photograph women exclusively?

With each series I shoot I’m showing a bit of my story, whether it’s a dream, an experience or a feeling I’ve had. So it’s natural for me to shoot women because through them I tell my story.

Your images often feel like stills from a movie and your subjects like characters midway through a scene. Do you construct your compositions with a specific narrative in mind?

Yes, I always shoot with a specific story in mind. Each photoshoot is set up like a film. There’s character development, who the character is, why they’re in the place they are. I like the feeling of pausing a moment, an in-between moment. I think that’s why characters look like they’re caught in the middle of a scene.

How do you go about creating the looks for your characters?

I could be walking down the street and see a person and they’re wearing a certain article of clothing or hair style and I’ll create a character around that. Other times it could be a movie or sometimes even music will spark an image and I’ll create it from there.

What would you like someone looking at one of your images to feel?

I’d want them to feel a connection with the character and for the character’s vulnerability to resonate with them.

 

Special thanks to Duplicity Studios