Interview: Jonathan Sherman

We spoke with Toronto based photographer, Jonathan Sherman, this past week about 35mm film and cameras. His color pallet of his photographs are great. Check it out below:

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself, Jonathan

A: My name is Jonathan Sherman. I live in Toronto, Canada. I work in a concert venue, but it's somewhat seasonal work as there aren't nearly as many shows set up in the winter as there are in the summer. I think this month (January) I'm working a total of four shifts. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy my time off. If it weren't for my flexible schedule I'd probably not be able to put so much focus into my pass-times, photography being my main squeeze at the moment. 

Q: How did you get into photography? What enthralls you about it?

A: There were numerous contributing factors. I grew up filming skate videos and became really comfortable behind the lens of my vx1000. I had always appreciated 35mm cameras so it was only a matter of time until i tried my hand at using one of them. Granted mini DV is a far different medium than 35mm stills, the same theories do apply. Unfortunately, I only really began shooting last year. I wish I had started earlier! I was trying to make music at the time and it just wasn't really doing it for me anymore. I made a conscious decision to cut myself off from making any more and that's sort of when photography creeped in. The thing that really inspired me to start taking photos of my own was a photo I saw shot by Terry Richardson. As cliche as that would sound for someone who uses a point and shoot, the photo in question is that of a woman with red hair spitting milk across a room. I just thought it looked really, really cool.

Q: Do you primarily shoot film? What is your camera and film of choice?

A: I shoot film. It's just a preference. I'm not as excited with the outcome of digital. I use a Yashica t4. I've tried all sorts of different film stocks. I went through an Ektar 100 phase for a little but am over that. Portra 160 is my favorite however Kodak max 400 is my preference if I'm on a budget. I actually prefer the tones Kodak max can produce to Portra sometimes; it'd just never be as sharp. About 6 months ago, my iPhone was run over by a truck. The body was fine, the screen didn't crack, however the cameras stopped working. If there's ever and image I want to freeze in time, film is all I've got to make that happen. That is of course until I'm eligible for an upgrade. 

Q: Who are some artists that have influenced you?

A: Stephen Shore, Wee Gee, Jürgen Teller, Lukasz Weirzbowski, William Eggleston, Michael Jackson and my uncle.


Q: What have you been jamming to lately?

A: I've got justin timberlake's 20/20 experience on as I'm answering all of this stuff. I really hope I'm not ranting too hard. I spent a few weeks in Brooklyn this past November and on the plane ride home was able to squeeze in about 45 minutes of “Notorious"; the 2009 biopic chronicling the life and death of notorious b.i.g. Needless to say, I was feeling pretty connected to Brooklyn. So yeah, lately I've been listening to a lot of biggie, J-lo and most 90's era bad boy productions. Other than that I typically listen to disco.

You can keep up with Jonathan’s work on his personal Instagram account: @normalandboring