James Juranke

James is a Melbourne based photographer who likes to spend half of his time behind a lens and the other half traveling the world.

Can you tell us your name, age, and a little bit about yourselves?

"My name is James and I've just turned 32. I'm based in Melbourne but I didn’t grow up here. I moved around a lot as a kid, and was originally from Queensland. My family background is Hungarian and I have family by the 100's spread all over Eastern Europe in Hungary and Serbia.

I have a deep love for travel and photography, the two to go together quite well. I am often flying some place new every month. I have mostly taught myself photography, from about the age of 15, but I also spent some time at the National Arts School in Sydney. I am a left hander, I have a love for movies, especially art house, European and Asian movies, and I hate avocados… yes I know that’s weird."

Tell us a little bit more about your creative work?

"For me I guess it’s people and stories, this is what drives me the most. From there I use some of these elements in my fashion work. Believe it or not I hated photographing people when I started as a teenager. It wasn’t until I was forced to do it at Art School that I started to enjoy it. It’s just the camera between me and the model, and it is their story told with my eye and way of thinking. I am a sucker for film photography, it's were I started as a kid. I still have my first film camera which I got for Christmas; a Zenit-E, a USSR made camera! For me colour and mood also inspires me. Check out the movies Fallen Angels and Chungking Express, both directed by Wong Kar-wei. It's the colour and the mood that sets the tone, and greatly inspired me when I first started."

Can you remember the exact moment that you wanted to be a photographer?

"It was when I was a teenager, I found it as an outlet, something to be myself. When I got my first film camera, I knew it was to be. As I got older I pulled away from photography for a while, but I still kept shooting the odd photo from time to time."

Can you describe to us the style of your work? 

"Personal and story telling. I like to think that I can create a connection between the photo and the viewer, both in my personal photography and my fashion work."

If you could photograph any one person in the world who would it be and why?

"Such a hard question, too many people to list! But I am currently working on a project (a very big and long project that has taken me all of last year so far) so I guess to fit with the project I would have to say Keira Knightley."

James Juranke

Website: https://www.jjpe.com.au/

Instagram: @jamesjuranke

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