By Janet Alexander.
At the age of sixteen, like most any teenager, “I was experimenting a lot,” Stephanie Jung tells Resource. Fortunately, at least as far as her parents are concerned, it was in photography. Taking after her father, a passionate photography hobbyist, Stephanie’s recreational interest in photography quickly developed into a professional passion. While completing a degree in Visual Communications in 2010, Stephanie happened upon multiple exposure portrait photography on a blog and soon thereafter, realized its potential for travel imagery during a trip to Japan.
Considering life itself as compulsive viewing, Stephanie says of her so-called, “shifted perspectives” work, “we’re surrounded by so much movement in our lives, so now I’m trying to visualize this movement; it’s not enough to have a record of a single moment.” Originally growing up in a small south-west German town, it’s no surprise that Stephanie loves how her work involves extensive international travel to capture the hustle and bustle of big cities. Although, Stephanie also emphasizes that her images are not so much about city life as they are about “special moments getting lost in time.” Visually prolonging a snapshot so as to effectively repeat a trace of itself through a vibrating texture, intentional transparencies, and intense coloration, Stephanie’s optically dynamic aesthetic is achieved both in her NikonD300 camera as well as through some artful post-production techniques.
Her method is similarly variable, as she describes, “I decide the location of my images by wandering around the cities, it’s all very spontaneous.” Stephanie, who now resides in Berlin, will be making her US debut this May, exhibiting her photographs of Tokyo, Shibua, Osaka, and Nara at Snap! Orlando. After seeing Stephanie’s work on her Facebook page, Snap! founder Patrick Kahn, invited her to participate at this year’s “Motion in Light” themed event. “I’m really looking forward to the show, there are so many great photographers exhibiting there and I feel very honored to be part of it, too,” Stephanie concludes.