We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Haye Clark Hsiao and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jessica Haye, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
The thing that comes to mind first is that most people probably don’t realize that photographers are generally not in the business of selling photographs. Rather, we sell licenses to use our photographs. The business is structured so that we make images and clients purchase the usage (based on how long they want to use them and media placement) that they need for their projects. It’s not a very sexy reveal, but it does surprise people!

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.
We’re certainly not the only photographers working from a more documentary tradition, but one of the aspects of our work and process that we use as a guiding principle is a sense of immediacy and connection. We try to keep the artifice to a minimum and create scenarios where the subject can reach the viewer directly. Our ideal image and highest compliment is when someone looking at our work can bring their own story into the narrative and be inspired themselves.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First, LA is a great city! There is literally something for everyone here. Having said that, we are very much evangelists for Downtown and the Eastside of the city. It’s been our home for many years and is packed with both well-known spots as well as secret gems. We live near the Gold Line, so we usually take our visiting friends via train to Little Tokyo, the Arts District, and Bunker Hill for some great food, galleries, and museums. We live in Highland Park and we have tons of cool little spots for food, coffee, and cocktails in our neighborhood. When we take friends around our neighborhood, we walk – it’s one of the great things about living where we do. As we head further east, we like to go for walks in the Lower Arroyo, where there is an archery range, fly fishing pond, and walking trails that will take you all the way up to the Rose Bowl and beyond if you have the time. Finally, no trip to LA is complete in our minds without a visit to the Huntington Gardens.

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?
Our business is definitely a group effort, and we owe our thanks to everyone we’ve had the opportunity to work with over the years. If we had to single out one person though, we would have to thank our former teacher and good friend Paul Jasmin for taking the time to mentor us (and many of our friends and fellow photographers), as well as making early introductions that landed us some of our first assignments.

Website: thecollaborationist.com

Instagram: @jessicaandclark

Image Credits
All images Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao

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