Featured Photographer: Jason Howe.

Guest Post, Inspiration, Q&A

0. Jason Howe

“…for the most part I’m motivated by love, a love of photography and the thought of the images I’m yet to make.”

—Jason Howe.

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Jason Howe

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About.

43 yrs old.  Lives in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.  The former MD of a business specialising in retail construction projects he made a lifestyle choice some 5 years ago to leave the UK and seek out a quieter more peaceful existence in “Middle Earth!“.

Cameras and lenses.

He’s “embarrassed to say” that there are too many to list, but his most used are:  Cameras — Leica M9, Leica MM, Leica M6, Leica M3 & Contax 645.; Lenses — Konica Hexanon 60/1.2 Leica 50/1.4 Asph, 35/1.4 Asph, 90/2 Voigtlander 15/4.5

What’s important.

“Family of course, that was very influential in the decision to leave the UK and make a new life in New Zealand.  I’ve learnt some very valuable life lessons in the last decade, I walked away from a lot but at the same time my life became richer in many ways.  Making time for each other and for yourself.  Enjoying nature and the outdoors.   Although it always interested me I came late to photography, it’s filled a void, one that in all honesty I did not know existed.”

Interesting fact.

“I actually have a mild form of colour blindness and I’m constantly describing colours incorrectly.  I’ve often wondered if this has subconsciously effected my photographic decision making and the strong leaning I have towards B&W imagery.  I’ve recently been challenging myself to shoot more colour so we’ll have to see how that goes!”

 

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Today, it is my sincere pleasure to present the work of Mr. Jason Howe.

Not too long ago, Jason made the transition from shooting DSLRs to embracing rangefinders.  Along the way, he tapped into his photographic potential, and also the beauty of New Zealand (the landscape and its people) and has — in very short order — progressed quickly and substantially as an artist.

Mr. Howe has accumulated a plethora of wonderful vintage lenses and modern optical masterpieces.  Since he is passionate about exploring and learning, he has been able to adeptly harness and showcase the unique fingerprint of each optic, as it interacts with various digital and film media.  This drive to learn, combined with Jason’s natural photographic instincts, has resulted in some truly stunning work.

Lately, Jason has committed himself to exploring the realm of film photography in earnest.  To that end, he has stockpiled various films and has bravely ventured on long trips without digital cameras.

All of the above, and more, has been documented on Jason’s very polished aperturepriority photography website, where he not only shares his work, but generously passes on his knowledge to other photography enthusiasts.

Since I know Jason is a natural communicator, I have decided to deviate a little from the usual format and present a little Q&A session before presenting his work.

Thank you,

—Peter.

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Q&A with Jason Howe.

What motivated (and still motivates) you to pick up a camera?

“I always believed I could see good images even when I was lacking the technical ability to capture them.  I’m a perfectionist by nature and if I start something I have to see it through with 100% commitment.  So, initially I was motivated by a need to learn, improve and capture the vision in my mind.  Now for the most part I’m motivated by love, a love of photography and the thought of the images I’m yet to make.  I should add that there is and always will be a motivation to learn and continue to improve, such is the nature of photography.”

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I believe our images are products of who we are.  What do your images “say” about you?

“I agree, although I’m not sure we ever fully understand who we are….. At times I’ve made a conscious effort not to think too deeply about my style of photography.  Allowing myself to be influenced almost subconsciously.  When I look at my images I see honesty which I hope comes across but mostly I see endeavor.  In simple terms that’s what I think they say about me, honest and hard working.”

 

How have you evolved as a photographer/artist over the years?

“I find myself in a perpetual photographic evolution but I think that’s quite normal.  I’ve certainly never considered myself an artist although it is true to an extent, I’d describe my mind as more practical than artistic.  I guess the move to rangefinders was a significant turning point for me because for the first time I felt a connection to my camera.  Initially I had a DSLR which I saw purely as a tool, subsequently the Fuji X100 which took me closer to something that felt right.  Then as an experiment I bought a Yashica Electro 35 GSN, I knew immediately that rangefinder photography was my destination.  The move to Leica was then almost inevitable although I enjoy shooting all my rangefinders equally.  Finding the camera, that gives you that feeling of being connected is priceless, whatever make, model or system it turns out to be, I can’t stress that enough.”

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Any further comments about your work you’d like to share?

“I’ll just carry on doing what I love, introducing new aspects to my photography as and when they pique my interest.  Mostly I want to continue to improve, after all there is a lot of catching up to do.”

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Images courtesy Jason Howe.

1- Bridge Dynamic

2- Awakenings

3 - Isolation and Exhilaration

4 - Day Dreamer

5 - Showtime

6 - The Mob

Kodak Gold 200

8 - Misty Mornings

9 - Reach Out

10 - Film Heaven

11 - Ripples

12 - End of the Road

Once again, my sincere thank you to Mr. Jason Howe for sharing his work, and his insights, with us.  Please follow Jason’s ever-evolving photography at aperturepriority.

—Peter.

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[Previously Featured Photographers may be found here.]

17 thoughts on “Featured Photographer: Jason Howe.

  1. Nice addition Peter to your “Featured Photographers”.

    I always like seeing your name pop up Jason in the photographic cyber community! There will always but something too learn, different or interesting when you post. And of course your images inspirational. My personal favorites are Day at the Races and those B&W’s of the lake at Wanaka. I was there the year before last….amazing place.

    Thank you for the article on the Rondinax…arrives any day now and about to embark on developing my first role of film!

    You also seem a pretty good bloke for a Pom 🙂

    Andrew (the Aussie)

    1. Thanks Andrew, we English know how difficult those word’s can be for an Aussie….:-)

      On a more serious note, it’s good to hear you find interest in my post’s. I look forward to hearing how you get on with that Rondinax and film.

      Cheers, Jason.

  2. Hello Peter & Jason,
    Very inspiring conversation. Great work of art from Jason. Jason, I enjoy the landscape image very much. They make me wanting to visit. Quite a switch of your career & life from UK to NZ. It also provokes a thought of me if I am happy for what I am doing now, haha!
    Michael.

    1. Thank you Michael, thats very kind of you.

      This country really is a little piece of heaven on earth and should be near the top of anyone’s list of places to visit.

      I’m delighted to have given you food for thought.

      Thanks, Jason.

  3. Cher Jason,

    I had a lot of fun to read and learn a little of your life …
    Your pictures, I know also are really beautiful! You spoke of perfectionism, just look at your pictures … And understands this better!
    I know why I love your photos … because they mark the spirits, and I think that this is the signature of a great image!

    Congratulations again Jason!

    Warm regards.

    Hugues;

    PS: Thank You dear Peter!

    1. Hugues,

      Your words are always so thoughtful and full of kindness, I am very pleased to share this mutual passion of photography with you.

      Kind Regards, Jason.

  4. Jason and Peter,

    Congratulations on an excellent post!

    I must say, that first “Bridge” picture is definitely in my “Top Ten” list of favorite images that I have ever viewed…ever. Perhaps even top three or five! It is simply breathtaking. If I could buy it (…can I?) I would post it on my wall.

    Furthermore, Jason, your work with the Monochrom is simply inspiring. Right now, I am off to my site to ad you to my list of “Masters”…Not sure how I forgot you in the first place!

    Warmest regards,
    Mark

  5. I’m a big fan of Jason Howe and find almost all of his photos breathtaking. It’s always a pleasure studying his pictures. Thank you for featuring him, Peter.

  6. Thank you Peter for sharing Jason’s work. I learned of his website through you and really enjoy what Jason is doing. We have friends here that are from New Zealand and through their description of home and Jason’s photography have inspired me to get to this place half way around the world to visit.

  7. Jason — I could find out who’s the photographer behind the lens of this fantastic picture of the bridge here in Peter’s site about one year ago and since then I keep following your refined photography. I’m a big fan of your work!

    I guess Prosophos is becoming a great point to meet great photography and great photographers.

    Sincerly,

    Luiz Paulo

  8. Thank you so much for introducing and sharing such brilliant work! The day-dreamer portrait is so good, just loved every single detail of the picture. So I am a new follower of Jason Howe.

    Preeti.

  9. Wonderful, Jason, thanks.

    You know how, if you collect something, you love every one of them, but still have your favorite? The “mob” at the track is that for me. Maybe because it’s a great “story” shot and maybe because I’m nearing their age. 🙂

    Anyway, thank you both.

  10. I’d just like to extend my thanks to Peter for generously featuring my work it’s greatly appreciated.

    Also to those whose comments I have not answered inividually I am truely gratful for your words of support.

    Kind Regards, Jason.

  11. Hello Jason,

    Some really great images – of course not a stretch coming from a Jason :-). If you will hopefully take it as the compliment it is intended to be, even though I do not generally care for the look from the Monochrom I definitely find your images & processing the best I have seen. It is intriguing to learn about your partial colour blindness – an interesting twist for a photographer using colour.

    Also I wanted to pass on to both you and Peter that it was the examples from you both that convinced me to break down a get the CV15mm so I could have a wide angle option with my M7’s. I’ve never considered a wide angle for my rangefinders because of the view finder. The thought of the ‘extra thingy’ and having to look through 2 places to get a shot turned me off to the point I just carry an SLR with a wide angle lens instead. I have to say after a month or so of shooting it I am very pleased. The size versus price versus performance is excellent. As Peter says it is tougher in the Canadian winter to get out (with expensive camera gear) so I am looking forward to sunnier days with this lens. I’ll certainly be able to leave my wide angle SLR options at home more.

    Keep up the great work.

    Regards,

    Jason.

    1. Hi Jason

      Thanks, I really appreciate that.

      It’s great to hear that we’ve convinced you to pick up the CV15mm, it is a gem of a lens, enjoy.

      Cheers, Jason.

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