We had the good fortune of connecting with Jake Columna and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jake, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
This goes through my head a lot and it always comes down to these two reasons. I’ve put it a good amount of work to get where I’m at, so stopping now just wouldn’t make any sense. Giving up also yields no progress. If I’m ever in a slump creatively, the best thing I’ve noticed helps is to just take a break. Easier said than done obviously, especially when the flow of it gives you purpose, but I found that taking a break and writing all ideas, good or bad, will help in the long run. The creativity will come back and when it does, the fire comes back stronger… Also, I spent a good amount of money on film and cameras, so that thought alone is good enough for me to keep going.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My work consists of mainly film photography portraits. However it somehow evolved from shooting simple portraits to creating something creepy yet whimsical. A question I ask myself before creating an image is how unsettling is this image going to be without crossing any lines. I honestly don’t know how I got to this point but I love it I don’t see any signs of stopping. It’s a far cry from what I’ve seen most film photographers shoot. That being said, the moment you stray away from the norm, it tends to garner unwanted advice from some that think I should be doing something different. If I did what they want, could I even call myself an artist? My take away is this, I’m gonna shoot whatever I want and I don’t care what anyone has to say about it.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Huuuuuuge shoutout to my girlfriend for being supportive of my insane photo ideas. I know you’d rather not be in front of a camera but I’ll get you to be in one of these photos someday. Kylie, Willow, Seancarlo, Kenny, Hailey, and everyone else that’s been a part of this growth, you’ve all been a huge factor in keeping this train running and I see no signs of it stopping. Thank you, all.
Hailey Kelsey The other Kelsey Kenny Madison Kylie