J.T. Liss Featured in Bleu Magazine

by JT on December 2, 2014

Bleu Magazine



Full Interview Below:

J.T. Write Up


Where did you study photography?

I am self taught. I studied basic photographic techniques in the beginning, through books and tutorials, but found that experimenting with unconventional methods, making mistakes, and taking chances worked best for me.

How did your passion for art arise?

My passion for art came the moment I moved to NYC. It affected me in a way nothing else ever had. I can’t draw for shit, but I was always a visual person. Photography just seemed to happen. I called my mom, asked to borrow her point and shoot, took a bus home to Jersey, hugged her, told her I loved her, headed back to New York and that was it. A year later I resigned from my job as a 4th grade teacher to embark on my new career as an artist.

What artists do you idolize?

I don’t necessarily idolize any artists, but I have so much respect for the NYC art scene and the individuals hustling day in and day out to make it happen. It’s not a glamorous lifestyle and it certainly doesn’t happen over night (whatever “it” means). Success is relative and rejection is often, but it’s part of our genetic make up. It’s how our souls survive. Individuals like Brian Kirhagis, Dex R. Jones and James De La Vega remind me of that daily.

What was the best photo you ever took?  What would you consider the worst photo you took?

The best image I ever created? It’s hard to say. I have produced artwork at many different stages of my life and each one has meant something special to me. They have told stories of my journey, commented on social issues, and ultimately led to my growth as an artist, so In some way they all are. The worst photo I have ever taken? A drunken selfie at 3 in the morning. That or wedding photography, ha. Sometimes you have to take on gigs you don’t love in order to keep the dream of what you love alive.

What has been the most fulfilling thing for you as a photographer?

The most fulfilling thing for me as an artist has been selling my work. The fact that people are willing to spend their money on something I created blows my mind. I don’t think I will ever get used to that.

What has been your favorite creation thus far?

My favorite creation has been converting my work to canvas. I am either behind the camera or in front of a computer so to be able to hold on to something tangible is a completely different and intimate experience. It makes the artwork real.

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