I’m so excited to have Jordan in our Inspiring Creatives series! I have watched as Jordan has grown and changed in her photography and photographic art over the years. It has been a joy to witness the process and see the directions she has tried. Her wildlife art is so inspiring and her paintings truly kick it up a notch. I hope you enjoy this interview on what keeps her pushing forward in her creativity as much as I did! xoxo Denise

Tell me a bit about your background and what inspires you to be creative.

Well, I’ve always loved photography, but took a more serious interest in it in late 2010. I had been going through renal cancer and also losing my big brother, who was my best friend, to bone cancer. My family saw I needed to put my focus on something more positive, so they researched and went out and purchased my first DSLR. I basically hit the ground running and haven’t looked back. Nature and wildlife in it’s truest form inspire me to be creative. I want people to not only see what I see when I take a photograph, but also what or how it makes me feel.

 

What drives you to keep growing creativity?

I’m driven by my fellow photographers and artists – the creative community is overflowing with ideas and concepts.

 

What or who has been the biggest influence on your creativity and why?

The people I have admired and truly are the biggest influences on my creative journey are, Jai Johnston and you, Denise! I think it’s because you both see the world the way I do. There are a beauty and a simplicity that makes me want to try to be more creative. You both were very gracious in all your answers and I am blessed to call you both friends =)

 

What do you do differently to bring authenticity to your art?

To bring authenticity to my art I work to build a relationship with either the places I go or the animals I capture in photography. Now you’re wondering how do you do that? Basically, I research them. If it’s a place, I try to find out the history of it and what makes it special, then determine what makes it special to me (after I’ve been there). With the animal aspect, I research their habitats and what makes them unique to their surroundings. Also going back, if possible, several times to a place or revisiting an animal’s home really brings to life (for me) everything that surrounds them. I then try to capture those things in each photograph I take.

 

What has been the most challenging part of creating your art?

Honestly, the biggest challenge is not the processes to get the pieces created, it’s afterward when it’s out there for the world to see. In recent years, I’ve found that the ‘critics’ have not been constructive, but rather destructive. It seems hiding behind a screen and keyboard seems to give them a false sense of ‘courage’ to the point that they feel they have the right to tear individuals down and feel justified in doing so. It’s sad, really.

 

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What was your biggest fear when you started to follow your passion and how have you overcome that?

My biggest fear was putting my work out there for the public and that no one would buy it or like it for that matter. Over the years, thankfully, I have built a following of people who believe in me and my work – a big THANK YOU to them all!!

 

How has embracing your creativity impacted your life?

Oh, I love this question! When I really started to embrace my creativity I found my happy place =) It gives me perspective, patience and a wonderful outlet for me to be me.

What do you do when you find yourself in a rut or you are feeling uninspired?

I do 2 things when I get into a rut 1) grab my camera (rain or shine) and head outside – nothing better than fresh air and the beauty of nature to get the creative juices flowing again and 2) I go to my various creative people communities and see what other people are discovering. Nothing I love more than learning something new ❤

 

If you could share one truth… from your creative heart to ours… what would you want us to know?

You will never stop learning!! Creativity is not something that can be contained and mistakes are more often than most happy accidents.

 

What’s next? Where do you see your artistic vision leading you?

Hmm?! I wish I knew…but boy I can’t wait to see where it takes me!

 

Do you have any tips, tricks or advice for those just getting started out in photography?

NEVER GIVE UP! The journey may not be easy and yes, even frustrating sometimes, but the reward is amazing. To be able to look back on your photos in years to come and you get to say, ‘Yup, I took that’! What a great feeling =)

 

What is the one piece of photography equipment you absolutely cannot live without?

Don’t laugh, but my lens blower – it has saved my photos so many times!

 

Jordan Blackstone

Jordan Blackstone

Fine Art Photographer/Artist

Who am I? I’m a Photographer who loves to paint and a painter who loves photography.

Growing up in Alberta, I was surrounded by the wild beauty of the prairies and the ruggedness of the Rockies. With these as my backyard, they have influenced my style and given me a strong appreciation for the raw beauty of the life around me.

Don’t try to fit me into a particular genre for I am constantly growing and learning. While wildlife and nature are my main focal points, I also enjoy working on portraits and graphic design. Each one presents its own unique challenges.

You can find more of Jordan’s work below!

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

21 Comments

  1. Barbara Marincel

    Jordan, it’s a pleasure to “meet” you! Your work is absolutely gorgeous and your story is inspiring. Looking forward to following you in the future 🙂

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  2. David Burlison

    Wonderful interview. I have looked at her work, and she is amazing. Love it David

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    • Denise Love

      So glad you enjoyed our interview! Thank you!!

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    • Jordan Blackstone

      Thank you very much, David!

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  3. Sarah

    Inspiring words and even more inspiring images. Thank you for taking the time to share your insights.

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    • Denise Love

      So glad you enjoyed this interview!! 🙂

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    • Jordan Blackstone

      Thank you very much, Sarah! So glad you liked it =)

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  4. Kathleen

    From a new photographer one that really “wanted” to take pictures earlier in my life but just never felt that I was “good enough” your story resonates with me. Surprisingly enough I bought my first DSLR camera in April of 2015 and was diagnosed with Stage 3c Ovarian Cancer in December. That camera got me through many days where I would just have things in my house to “shoot” or a drive with my husband on the weekend to take pictures of “weed flowers”. I love, love taking my camera out. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Denise Love

      So glad you enjoyed her story. I identify with it also as when I was building my creative business both my parents had cancer and I was living with them and helping them through a year of chemos and my mother didn’t survive. Photography became an outlet for me to escape for a bit from all the stresses of cancer.

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    • Jordan Blackstone

      Kathleen, I hope you are doing much better now! It’s amazing what that little box (camera) can do for our minds and spirit. One thing I found after going through the cancer and using my camera to keep the sanity present, was just how many other folks found the same solace behind the lens. So glad you liked what I had to say…and thank you to Denise for asking such great questions =)

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  5. Nella

    I loved this interview and I learn too. Thank you Denise and Jordan.

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    • Denise Love

      So glad you enjoyed her story! Thanks 🙂

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    • Jordan Blackstone

      Thank you, Nella =)

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  6. Gerri Jones

    Thoroughly enjoyed this interview paired with the beautiful photography – each image is unique and tells a story. I feel like I am standing behind the hummer in the image…the bear pose is vulnerable and introspective and the eagle looks determined and proud – maybe we project our human feelings into animal portraits. Beautiful work!

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    • Denise Love

      So glad you enjoyed her interview!! Thank you 🙂

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    • Jordan Blackstone

      Thank you very much, Gerri!!

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  7. Teresa Walker

    Thank you Denise for posting this interview with Jordan & sharing her spectacular photos. Amazing!!!

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    • Denise Love

      So glad you enjoyed her interview!! Thank you <3

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    • Jordan Blackstone

      Aww thank you, Teresa!!

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