We had the good fortune of connecting with Jason Madsen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jason, why did you pursue a creative career?
My original idea was to create tangible images for people in this digital age. I found it is also about the shared experience of creating a portrait in this process and sharing how things work.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I studied photography when digital elements of it were in its infancy. I put it on hold to peruse it later on my own terms. At some point I noticed my favorite films were being discontinued. I panicked, pros were dumping their film gear, I wasn’t a poor student and I was looking to create. I got to the point where I wondered, how could I make my own film if it was no longer available? Wet plate collodion seemed to be the answer. I also found I liked to create portraits of people, something I was not interested in when I studied. I combined the two and I have so much fun in the shared experience.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to the places I usually don’t go, beaches, museums, a clear night drive along Mulholland. These are just places, to help with the pauses in conversation. What really moves me, food. I feel Los Angeles has on average “really good” food and a variety that never bores. A little searching can turn up some amazing finds, and I know a few of them. I will be sure to delight their taste buds every change I get. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My wife, it is amazing what she lets me get a way with. She finds ways to add reason to my crazy ideas, adds purpose to my random artistic explorations and encourages me to keep pushing. There are days when I’m not “feeling it” and she will let me be.