1. Describe your current relationship to photography.
I am a freelance photographer and Photo Editor for Time Out Chicago. I take pictures for myself and for freelance jobs. I also hire other people to photograph a wide range of subjects- from music concerts, restaurants, models, and everything in between.
2. Have you ever made work in a darkroom before? And if so describe some important and/or memorable experiences.
3. Do you currently use a darkroom, or film as part of your practice?
I still use film on occasion, but the speed and immediacy of the digital medium makes a lot more sense for a website and magazine.
4. Is it important for darkrooms and/or analog photography to still exist today?
I think that the wonder of photography is best discovered in the darkroom. The obsequiousness of digital images has really devalued digital images. They are not seen as special anymore. Anyone can take a picture with their phone. But darkroom photography brings a person back to the magical part of photography. Also, analog photography requires students to truly learn the technical side of photography, which every student should learn. I’ve encountered interns who have made it almost all the way through school without learning some very basic principles.
JEREMY BOLEN is an artist and educator living in Chicago. He received his MFA from UIC in 2012. Bolen was included in GROUND FLOOR at the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, in 2012 and exhibited at the UNITLED art fair in Miami, December 2012, with the Andrew Rafacz Gallery. He currently has a solo exhibition at Andrew Rafacz, Chicago. Bolen teaches at Marwen, University of Illinois at Chicago, and the School of the Art Institute Chicago.