Everyday Life

© Jill Johannessen
© Jill Johannessen
© Jill Johannessen
© Jill Johannessen
© Jill Johannessen
© Jill Johannessen
© Jill Johannessen
© Jill Johannessen
© Jill Johannessen
© Jill Johannessen

Jill Johannessen sees and captures the small off-moments in everyday life. It’s not glamorous, it’s not glossy, it’s not action-filled, it’s not breathtaking. Yet, her pictures manage to captivate the viewer with a soft-spoken visual language. She crawls under the skin, of both the viewer and her subject. She gets to you with her skewed vision of those small off-moments of daily life as they unfold in front of her camera. It might just be the look of a person, it might be a strange-looking situation, it might be odd colours, which bring the viewer into the situation – or a combination of all above. Jill has that rare quality as a photographer to engage with her subject and still be able to capture moments of spontaneity as if the person being photographed feels totally comfortable with her. During the workshop in Villajoyosa, Spain, earlier this spring she went about the small village, quietly searching out those captivating soft-spoken moments. For more of Jill’s photos look up her blog/site 3C.

83 thoughts on “Everyday Life

  1. I’m sure Jill must be absolutely thrilled to see her great photos on this place and read your kind and so true words. Lovely photos!

    “Photo is a small voice, at best, but sometimes – just sometimes – one photograph or a group of them can lure our senses into awareness. Much depends upon the viewer; in some, photographs can summon enough emotion to be a catalyst to thought.” W. Eugene Smith

    Ha en god helg, Otto!

  2. Wow! I am truly thankful for your comments! And thanks Otto for hitting the nail on the head! I really enjoyed your workshop and will surely participate again some time in the future. I learned a lot, especially the importance of space and to stay in the situation!

  3. Du forklarer det så godt i innledningen,- det spesielle med Jill og hennes evne til å fange øyeblikket… spesielt de to siste ble jeg sittende å se lenge på… samtidig som jeg tenkte at det var jo akkurat i denne sjanger jeg hadde så lyst å prøve meg på under kurset ditt… jeg kom jo aldri så langt den gang, og nå på egen hånd, har visst motet mitt sviktet igjen…
    Fine dager til deg, der du måtte være:)

    1. Takk for fine ord – på vegne av Jill. Dette med å begynne å fotografere mennesker er alltid vanskelig i begynnelsen. Men begyn med folk du kjenner, eller begyn å fotografe på en gatefest – for eksempel. Det virker mer “legitimt”. Ønsker deg alt det best, Monica.

    2. Tusen takk Monica for fine ord! Det er bare til å hive seg ut i det. Og som Otto er inne på, det er lettere når man finner en anledning, som gatefest, konsert e.l. Jeg syntes faktisk det er lettere når jeg er ute å reiser, enn i min egen hjemby!

      1. Ja, det er et verdifullt tips,- jeg har såvidt begynt å prøve ut dette i familiesammenkomster, om ikke annet…. og jeg har forsåvidt kjent på at det er lettere når jeg er på reise, som du sier. Det som fascinerer meg er bilder som dine, hvor du er så tett på… blir liksom en egen magi…. vel, jeg får ihvertfall ikke skrinlegge tanken;) Takk for inspirasjonen:)

    1. Thank you Paula for your kind comment! After the workshop in Villajoyjosa I spend a couple of days in Barcelona. I had a lot of fun taking pictures of people there as well, but I went with a friend so I didn’t have the same amount of time to stay in a situation (but I still did some). I also recently took pictures in Lisbon and Seville, but then I had even less time before I had to run after the others that I travelled with. So my lesson is that I need to make sure that I have some time on my own to just follow my own instinct and stay in the situation. However, you are welcome to check out other street photos on my newly published websiste and there are som pic there from Barcelona: http://www.jilljohannessen.com/street-photography.html

      I hope to go to New York and make sure that I have the time needed some time in the future!

  4. This series is what I think is so special about photography ~ capturing pieces of everyday life that holds emotions and feelings. The last shot is perhaps the epitome of such a style.

  5. the last two are my fave, really sorta eggleston, i love them, i like ‘everyday’ boring photography, it’s my passion 🙂

  6. Bhiseing able to tell a story with our picture that is probably a skill many of us would like to have! Many thanks for your important indications so that we can improve this art. Best regards

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