Melissa

chris jarvis

Chris Jarvis works in London on all things digital, with photography as his side passion. Chris has been shooting for about 5 years now and he’s carved a slight niche for himself shooting a lot for little lingerie brands, which is how he met Melissa.

 

How did your shoot with Melissa go?

 

It was pretty chilled – we’d met on a shoot in Philadelphia a year or so ago and when she mentioned she’d be coming to London I jumped at the chance to catch up and shoot again. There was no formality, intention or plan, we just made the most of the cool Airbnb she had and chatted as we shot.

 

Can we photograph the female body differently in a more powerful way?

 

Yes I think so. By capturing images of the body as you see it, rather than sculpting or enhancing them to fit a forced notion of something. Also, I think intention plays a part in it – using the body as a commodity to fulfil a brief can be undermining.

 

What inspires you?

 

All the clichés; music, television, other creatives.

 

How would you define beauty?

 

The perception of beauty in a person is all relative but for me it’s definitely something underpinned by self confidence and rapport.

 

Film or digital?

 

Both. With digital I run the show, I can bang out thousands of images, capturing every second of a moment and they’re all infinitely malleable on the computer. Whilst with film, I’m more at its mercy. Even the way I’ve held a negative when I scan it can affect the image and I love these surprises.

 

What makes you happy?

 

When someone likes what I’ve created (thanks for featuring me!).

 

What’s next for you?

 

Up until now shooting on film, for me, has always been backed up with digital. I want to shoot more film on its own and move away from relying on my RAW files. I also want to do more video work this year.

photography: chris jarvis

model: melissa