Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m Jordan Kines. Some people pronounce my last name as “keenes” but it is pronounced more like the word “lines” with a “K” replacing the “L” (inserts laughing emoji). I was born and raised here in Boston, MA. I’m currently a student of Emerson College, which is in the heart of Boston. In three words, I’d summarize myself as a versatile, soft-spoken, humorous and enthusiastic person (whoops, that was four). A personal line/quotation that I go by is “My plan B is to make my plan A work.” I go by this because personal growth is essential to me as well as keeping myself motivated, determined, and consistent. As a result of this quotation, a personal philosophy of mine is to always be aware of time. Time is one of the most precious, yet finite commodities I have which is why I am always thinking of new subjects/genres of photography to take on or what to film next.
When did you realize your passion for photography?
My middle school years were the most challenging, as I bounced from school to school. In 6th grade I was in one school, 7th grade another, and so on for 8th grade. 7th grade though was a unique, dark year for me as unforeseen issues surfaced. This was the first time in my life that I was on the harsh receiving end of bullying. I was aggressively teased (verbally) for being a feminine male, I’ll spare the harsh language other students used. But the point is as a fourteen year old I didn’t know how to handle that. I was devastated and depressed, I felt like I had no purpose in life. These low emotions elevated when my mother purchased a digital Kodak point-and-shoot for our Christmas family function that year. I gravitated towards the camera not knowing what I would gain from it. To my surprise, inadvertently, I fell in love with being behind the camera. After Christmas I photographed just about anything with that camera, from my cats to days at the mall with friends. There were even days when I would come home from school, grab that camera and take cheesy pictures in our backyard or of my neighborhood friends.That little blue Kodak point-and-shoot camera was therapeutic in helping me escape the bullying, it diffused my depression and made me realize that maybe I do have a purpose in life. This was when I realized my passion for photography.
What is your advice to aspiring photographers on Instagram?
To aspiring photographers on Instagram, my one piece of advice is to follow your own vision and remain true to who you are. Don’t let trends, followings, likes or negativity cloud your vision or sway you into anything that you’re not. Following counts and likes don’t determine the quality of your craft. As an aspiring photographer (not too long ago) I struggled with this when I took to Instagram my photography. In a world that thrives off of negativity and ‘following’ popular trends, being positive and being yourself is the most authentic, genuine route you can take. How does that saying by Herman Melville go? “It is better fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” But remember, don’t limit your photography or craft to Instagram. Think big!
Anything else you’d like to share?
I am generally quiet on social media platforms because I prefer to show, rather than tell. As a creative I believe there’s a limit on what should be discussed; results should only be given.
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