SBc Interviews: Garçon Jon
One of my favourite street style photographer and photographers in general is the charming and undeniably talented Jonathan Pryce known online as Garçon Jon. I've known Jon for many years now and his work never fails to surprise me. Originally from Glasgow Jon now spends most of him time in London where he lives and can be found in Paris, New York and Milan snapping up what catches his eye. He also has his own blog called GarçonJon.com and single handedly made beards cool with his 100 Beards project which I am a huge fan of. I thought it was only fair to ask Jon a few questions about himself, his job and what motivates him. Read on below with a nice cuppa!
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I'm a Scottish photographer living in London. I mainly shoot fashion photography with a focus on location & street work. I'm a Capricorn. I love Sunday brunch. My online pseudonym is GarconJon.
What excites you about photography?
Imagery in general I find thrilling. Whether that's a painting, graphic design or photo. I love the likeness to reality that a photo has, without being a true representation of what we see. Photography is also in a strange time at the moment – in no other time in history has our world been as documented as it is now. That creates a new challenge in itself as a photographer.
Favourite part of your job?
Creating beautiful images. Documenting life. Meeting fascinating people.
What differentiates street style between Glasgow and London?
Glasgow is very urban with a large student population. It seems to run in it's own universe meaning trends can come and go independently of anywhere else which is nice. London has a far wider number of people of course, but also a greater diversity. On any street you can see any number of styles which is an exciting proposition.
Is there a current project that you are working on that you are excited about?
I've really been working on my blog GarconJon.com a lot more this year than any other. That's been fun to do and has pushed me deeper into London life. I've been working with clients so much recently that I've been too busy to focus on a big personal project. It was great to tie in my GQ for GAP Campaign Photography with interviews on my blog recently.
What is the hardest part of being a photographer?
There are long hours, a lot of problem solving and a fair amount of self-motivation. It's all worth it.
What is the best advice you were given?
There are so many things I've been told which I think about frequently. 'Where the mind goes, the body follows' springs to mind. This is particularly true for me in life but also in photography.
I am a huge fan of 100 Beards. Is there something similar you are working on at the moment?
Thank you. I've been asked this so much and my response isn't getting any less cryptic. The truth is yes and no. I'm in the early stages of thinking of a new project and nothing solid yet. The 100 Beards project has taken so much energy, time and resources that undertaking a new project of similar scale is a bit daunting. I'm in the process of finalising the next 100 beards too which will have lots of new content so that will be out next month and it's where all my focus is going at the moment. You can preorder this here: http://100beards.bigcartel.com/
What is the most fun you’ve ever had?
I love the travel element of my job, Being able to see new places and capture the unique style of the people that live there.
Define good style?
I would like to thank Jon for taking the time out of his busy schedule to answer these questions. Make sure you check out his work at GarçonJon.com.