Can you tell us something about your work?
I´m a freelence TV cameraman working for the international news agency ThomsonReuters. That means fast shootings, fast editings and travelling a lot - a perfect job for collecting public scenes. I like streetphotographing, usually that kind of stuff you don`t find in TV or glossy magazines. Markus is a designer in print and communication with his own office: atelier himmelbraun and he is a passionate cyclist and guitarplayer. Pete is born as an artist and he starts as a musician. He retires from music business and starts filming in the middle of the 90ths. Followed by fortunate coincidance of cicumstances, we launched the online stage for music, photo and videos named: "Die Sammlung Jones". We try to publish regulary "artistic" releases.
What kind of technique do you use?
We are not very interested in discussions about highend fotocameras or sophisticated technical equipment or software. I work with smartphones, toy cameras, consumer cameras just as Canon 5D, Fuji Xpro or TV Cameras. Usally I don`t crop pictures and I`m not a professional photographer, may be one of the reasons that I don`t like arrange scenes such as "beauty" or "portrait" shootings...
... except the "Makro Money" project ?
Right! Pete`s brilliant work as a photographer, he was anoid about the never ending discussion about crises, Euros, Dollars, Yen and the stockmarkets. He took some extreme close up`s from Paper Money and Coins - to show how much history, beauty, information and how many accurate detaills can be found on money. Because of the use of the macro lens parts get enlighted and other parts disappear in the blur, I think that shows how money works. Makro Money is about faith, power, art and crime...
Do you sell prints?
Yes, we do sell prints.
Lomographie, Hipstamatic, Polaroid etc - I´m really happy, because nowadays you can do all these kind of different pictures with just one machine - your Smartphone. I like these fast shootings
and this authenticity thrash look without using photoshop. This third book is the conclusion of the fotobook trilogy, it`s about time, deceleration, modern art, coincidence and fate, and the
images are the continuity of that story. We are happy to get involved with John S. - Welcome in the Jones Family! With his new acquisition you can call him on his camera.
... RITSCH RATSCH KLICK, yout talking about the HIPSTAMATIC projekt?
Yes, Pete Jones encourages readers to look closely at each page to uncover the connections between the images. He is interested in making pictures that are layered. They may suggest a point of view, but every reader or observer of this book will bring their own experience and set of associations to the work. in his projects he constantly switching his subjects, tools and materials to expand himself and his work. This has helped him to continue to feel an urgency to make new work. He don’t want to be beholden to the past.
Facebook and Twitter?
Banksy said: "Please don’t follow me on facebook or twitter because I’m not on there." He is absolutely right!
Who is Pete Jones?
It`s a funny story and it starts at the end of the 80th. Pete`s Grandpa's first name was Johann and Peter was the first name of the bass players grandpa. Both of them support the master project - convert a barn in the backyard into the first rehearsal room for their boys - very hard. For that reason, the boys thought it would be perfect to put the Grandpa`s names on the first tour poster as a punk rock band. "Peter Johann präsentiert" was written on top of them. As time went by, they converted the name to the english version: "Pete Jones presents". The grandfathers are gone by now, but their names, ideas and way of looking at things are still alive.
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