Jan Bernet

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YOURSELF?

My name is Jan, I’m a photographer.

PRACTICE?

Projects always come up, but then I’m like a weird person who doesn’t finish stuff, you know. Sometimes projects come up but they don’t finish.

So a project I had last year but I didn’t finish was with a homeless guy. I would document the life of a guy who lived on the streets but who would work at the same time. He would work at the same time in an office. It was so funny. So we documented this, but then we wouldn’t end it because it became so complicated. And I didn’t know how to finish the project because I didn’t know how do I put this into something I like. Do you make an article in the magazine but then you have to talk to magazines or do you make a book. Plus, he wanted to make a movie. He was quite ambitious and if you want to make a movie, you need people who film as well. You need to have a proper plan of what you want to film them and stuff, you know? And in the end I was like, let’s make a book. It’s much easier. I have photos, he writes and speaks well so we could make a book, but then it just never came to anything.

But another project I have is with this underground venue, the boat. It’s called like the magic boat or it’s called a float, people call it all sorts of stuff. So basically I worked for them and the plan is to do a live stream from there. So we’re currently getting equipment and stuff to set up a live stream. So it’s going to be similar to boiler room, but it’s just on the boat and the location is always the same. So that’s what we’re currently planning. It’s like a live stream project but maybe we’re going to live stream and then maybe put in some photos I took as well or like film outside the boat to create livestream with different shots.

Any other project? I feel like recently I’ve just been taking so many commercial pictures at events that it takes away so much time from being really creative because you’re just going to these events and then you’re going home and then you’re editing for days.

DREAM COLLABORATION?

My dream collaboration would be with no one specifically but with someone who just lets you have pure creative freedom. There is no right or wrong exposure. There’s just like how it is. I’d be interested in working with fashion designers for example.

Maybe a collaboration would be working with companies like vice because they’re companies that care about real shit. I could imagine myself working with vice because they work in documentary, I like to work in documentary and because it’s honest and real.

And so yeah, maybe a dream collaboration would be with magazines or online publications like vice because they want honesty and realness and not fakeness. I feel like it’s way too much fake shit in this world.  Whereas I think people want real shit. They don’t want to see this perfect model. They want to see imperfections. They want to feel connected to real shit because we’re being so disconnected from all these things. I think there’s a big urge and need for people to be real again. So yeah, collaborating with anything, but it has to be real and honest.

LONDON?

I don’t know, that’s like the worst question. There isn’t one scene, there’s billions of scenes. There’s just like tons and tons of creative people who do creative stuff or they don’t do creative stuff. But anything can happen anywhere.

SSSHAKE?

I didn’t expect anything. That’s the thing. It’s true though. Like I don’t expect anything from anyone. What I expect and not really expect but what I appreciate from it, it’s just like the exchange an artistic input. So for example, I can exchange with a designer and fashion designer, you know, maybe I have a question about shoots or whatever. Like it’s just like the possibility for me to talk to people who are from the same background. I appreciate just the value of having communication, you know, talking to someone who has like the same interests. I appreciate the support and opportunities you give us. You offer a lot of stuff for nothing in exchange for nothing.


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by Jan Bernet
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by Jan Bernet

YOURSELF?

My name is Jan, I’m a photographer.

PRACTICE?

Projects always come up, but then I’m like a weird person who doesn’t finish stuff, you know. Sometimes projects come up but they don’t finish.

So a project I had last year but I didn’t finish was with a homeless guy. I would document the life of a guy who lived on the streets but who would work at the same time. He would work at the same time in an office. It was so funny. So we documented this, but then we wouldn’t end it because it became so complicated. And I didn’t know how to finish the project because I didn’t know how do I put this into something I like. Do you make an article in the magazine but then you have to talk to magazines or do you make a book. Plus, he wanted to make a movie. He was quite ambitious and if you want to make a movie, you need people who film as well. You need to have a proper plan of what you want to film them and stuff, you know? And in the end I was like, let’s make a book. It’s much easier. I have photos, he writes and speaks well so we could make a book, but then it just never came to anything.

But another project I have is with this underground venue, the boat. It’s called like the magic boat or it’s called a float, people call it all sorts of stuff. So basically I worked for them and the plan is to do a live stream from there. So we’re currently getting equipment and stuff to set up a live stream. So it’s going to be similar to boiler room, but it’s just on the boat and the location is always the same. So that’s what we’re currently planning. It’s like a live stream project but maybe we’re going to live stream and then maybe put in some photos I took as well or like film outside the boat to create livestream with different shots.

Any other project? I feel like recently I’ve just been taking so many commercial pictures at events that it takes away so much time from being really creative because you’re just going to these events and then you’re going home and then you’re editing for days.

DREAM COLLABORATION?

My dream collaboration would be with no one specifically but with someone who just lets you have pure creative freedom. There is no right or wrong exposure. There’s just like how it is. I’d be interested in working with fashion designers for example.

Maybe a collaboration would be working with companies like vice because they’re companies that care about real shit. I could imagine myself working with vice because they work in documentary, I like to work in documentary and because it’s honest and real.

And so yeah, maybe a dream collaboration would be with magazines or online publications like vice because they want honesty and realness and not fakeness. I feel like it’s way too much fake shit in this world.  Whereas I think people want real shit. They don’t want to see this perfect model. They want to see imperfections. They want to feel connected to real shit because we’re being so disconnected from all these things. I think there’s a big urge and need for people to be real again. So yeah, collaborating with anything, but it has to be real and honest.

LONDON?

I don’t know, that’s like the worst question. There isn’t one scene, there’s billions of scenes. There’s just like tons and tons of creative people who do creative stuff or they don’t do creative stuff. But anything can happen anywhere.

SSSHAKE?

I didn’t expect anything. That’s the thing. It’s true though. Like I don’t expect anything from anyone. What I expect and not really expect but what I appreciate from it, it’s just like the exchange an artistic input. So for example, I can exchange with a designer and fashion designer, you know, maybe I have a question about shoots or whatever. Like it’s just like the possibility for me to talk to people who are from the same background. I appreciate just the value of having communication, you know, talking to someone who has like the same interests. I appreciate the support and opportunities you give us. You offer a lot of stuff for nothing in exchange for nothing.


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by Jan Bernet
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