Open Source brings The Basement Group and their stories to you: We meet Jasper Jones from London
Member Check: The Basement Member since 13th May 2014.
“I’ve been practising photography for about 4 years, I never formally studied it, I just went out shooting with friends for fun, but soon realised the power photography can have. I began using it as a way of shining light on subcultures and small communities that I found interesting or unique, trying my best to represent them with authenticity and respect allowing the viewer an insight into a reality that might be very different from their own.
My most recent project focused on a small but dedicated group of American bully type dog trainers in and around Peckham. I met one of the crew walking home one evening, I saw him sitting with his dog and asked him for a photo, he was more than happy to let me snap one. After sending him the image a few days later he then sent it around to his friends who loved it and now also wanted to get some photos taken by me which I was absolutely thrilled to hear.
I knew right away that I wanted to use a white backdrop for this shoot, I really wanted to strip everything back and simplify it, allowing the viewer to initially take in the subjects with less preconceived judgements or environmental distraction and really let the dogs and owners shine and thrive to their fullest. Plus seeing a big American bully in a studio esc environment was just a super fun idea, capturing it on a medium format 6×6 camera was a challenge as dogs are apparently not the most patient of models, but you just can’t beat those huge negatives.
The whole crew was incredibly welcoming, and cared for their dogs massively and would want me to clarify that none of their dogs have ever been used for fighting as this is a common misconception. I have plans to expand on this project in the future as there is more of this story to be told.