An interesting job

October 04 2015

I feel lucky sometimes. While other people have jobs which admittedly are more regular financially, they are repetitive. As a freelance journalist, over the years | have been lucky enough to interview and meet people I admire like Ridley Scott, Guillermo del Toro, Matt Groening, Mike Moorcock and many others. I have even gotten friendly with some of the people I have interviewed over the years like Walt Simonson, who wrote and drew a number of comics I have admired.
As well as being a journalist, I am also a photographer and this is a skill that I have also honed thanks to the fact I am a journalist. It is the fact that I have a rapport with the subjects I interview and I have now reached a point where I am taking photos I am actually very proud of. I bought a camera just for reference for something and I am rather pleased that it seems I have an aptitude for taking photos, particularly portraits of creative people.
With my portraits, I try to encapsulate the spirit and soul of the subject whether they’re writers, artists or even fellow photographers. I have had to shoot people with only a few minutes to compose the shot and there have been other occasions where I’ve had plenty of time. Making decisions on the hoof focuses the mind.
I do have people I know who have regular jobs and sometimes I envy them but then there are moments when I get to do interesting things and meet people I have admired for years that I get to meet, often on an equal footing, and this makes it all worthwhile.
I’d be happy to hear from other people who do work that they love.

Joel Meadows
joelmeadows@btinternet.com
London



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