INTERVIEW WITH JONATHAN CHERRY

Mull it Over, January 2019

What did you want to be growing up? 
As a child I wanted to be a police officer. Then after a stint on a building site (both my brothers are builders) I thought about being a carpenter but I tend to over analyse things and to ask too many questions as to why things are as they are. Not a desirable trait for either profession. 

Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?
The news and science fiction. 

Photographically for my current work though; Lynne Cohen, early Broomberg & Chanarin, Sara Peter & Tobias, Max Pinckers, Salvatore Vitale, Taryn Simon from 10 years ago...


What are you up to right now?
Shooting a body of work called Preparations for the Worst-Case Scenario. Trying not to have too many other side projects on the go but keep starting new things. 

Have you had mentors along the way?
Yes, Simon Roberts. I have been his Studio Manager for over a year now and before that was an assistant and intern before that. We bounce ideas all the time which helps my practice massively. 

Where are you based right now and how is it shaping you?
Brighton. Lots of Mr Whippys and concentrating on personal work. 

One piece of advice to photography graduates?
• If you love it you will make it happen
• Find a way to do it (research, shooting, more research) everyday 
• Meet and work for your heroes
• Pay for everything on card so you don't have to rummage through receipts when the tax man comes knocking
• Surround yourself with people that are better than you

If all else fails - what is your plan B?
There is no Plan B.

Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community?
Definitely, build a support network and they will motivate you to keep pushing. Instagram means your support network can now be global, not just the people you studied with. 

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