Jon Dragonette Photography
Posted: Mar 17 2016
We made it out to the home of incredibly talented contributing photographer and friend, Jon Dragonette. We took a few photos and asked him to answer some questions to help us understand some of the method behind his awesome madness. Scroll through to see a bit of a day in the life followed by an interview and some of our favorite images from Dragonettes body of work.
LM: Tell us a little about your history. Where are you from? Where are you at now and what brought you there?
JD: I'm from a small town in Upstate NY, nestled in the foothills of the Adirondak Mountains and home to one of the oldest horse tracks in the country. Saratoga Springs is a mix of rich white horse breeders, compulsive gamblers and simple working folks. I grew up here with my mom, dad and twin brother.
I migrated to California around 2004, first stop was San Francisco. I settled there for 6 years getting my feet wet in the photo industry and riding my skateboard compulsively. In 2010 I picked up and migrated south to sunny Los Angeles looking for more work and less fog.
LM: What's your favorite accessory other than a camera?
JD: My dog, Brix, he's a Veszla Lab mix full of energy and more personality than most people.
LM: What first sparked your interest in photography?
JD: My mom always wanted to be a photographer and had me and my brother at a young age and had to put that dream aside to raise us. When she saw that I was interested in shooting my friends and our skateboard road trips she got super excited. She got me a crappy 35mm camera when I was in junior high to document my travels and just have fun with it. That's pretty much how the whole thing came to be.
LM: Who/What inspires you?
JD: Life, family, friends
LM: What's your dream project?
JD: Every project that I shoot is a dream, sheerly on the fact that I am doing what I love on a daily basis, super grateful for every opportunity.
LM: What is your favorite camera to shoot with? What can't you live without as a photographer?
JD: My Nikromat is old faithful. A simple 35mm tank. FILM without that photography is dead.
LM: Any other interests or passions that you work on during your time off?
JD: I try not to give myself too much off time, and in my off time I try to shoot personal stuff to keep the machine well oiled and running smooth. I did take up playing drums and definitely stoked playing some heavy rock and toll with my friends.
LM: If you could have one other talent that you don't already have what would it be?
JD: Sleeping in
LM: Can you describe your style?
JD: I would have to say honest. I like keeping things as real as possible. Not forced or contrived or over produced. Just honest and in the moment.
LM: What are your thoughts on the industry and where it's headed?
JD: It's ever changing, for good, for bad, hard to say.
LM: Any words of wisdom for aspiring photographers?
JD: Never stop aspiring
Here's a little sample of some of our favorite images that Jon has produced. Enjoy.