England native, Jessica Forde, picked up her first camera at the age of 16. With a passion for telling stories through imagery, Jessica has spent the last 10 years perfecting her craft, happily establishing herself as an experienced stills photographer.

Currently residing in Paris, France, her photographic work mainly focuses on our self-image and the vision of ourselves we project to others. Jessica carefully constructs her images around the everyday life and its aesthetics. Every picture is a story within a story. I recently did a little Q&A with Jessica. See her answers below!

Dianna: What does it mean to be a photographer?
Jessica Forde: Looking, watching, listening. Being able to technically produce the pictures as imagined, being responsive, having humanity, and always stretching one’s limits

D: If you could photograph anything what would it be?
Jessica: A powerful yet peaceful future.

D: Do you have a favorite photographer, someone who inspires you?
Jessica: Philip-Lorca diCorsia, Erwin Olaf, Josef Koudelka, Chris Killip and… Goran Tomasevic.

Impatience makes me an artist.

Art is being touched by somebody’s inner feelings and visions displayed in order to tell us stories.