My name is Brad Jones. I’m a photographer living in Brooklyn, New York. I was born in Springfield, Missouri, and grew up in the suburbs of Memphis, Tennessee. I’ve worked as a design and publication photographer since graduating from art school. I came to street photography with a background in photographing in controlled studio environments. Environments where I could dictate the lighting, the setting, and the movements of the people in my photographs. With street photography, I’ve abandoned all of that. It’s been a big adjustment for me.
What interests me about street photography is observing how color, shadow, light, and people can randomly organize in a serendipitous way. It’s interesting to me how all these parts are all unaware of each other but, can still at times align in a visually powerful way.
I want to have my camera with me all the time. Back in 2018, when I started street work I was only shooting during my free time on the weekends and so forth. Later on, I began to carry my camera with me during my commute every day. It began to really grow on me. I started to see compositions everywhere as my eye for this kind of work began to grow.
I like photographing anywhere. I’ll go from my own neighborhood out to the greater New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania area. I’ve also been documenting my family’s travels to Spain and Puerto Rico to visit relatives for a couple of years. I love to photograph in places that have good light and color. An environment where I can get a sense of the inner personal world and the larger world.
You can learn a lot about patience and humility from street photography.