Name: Georgette Jupe
City: Florence, Italy
Camera: Fujifilm X T-20
Main photographic subject: I really like taking photos of people, and hopefully, telling their story. Perhaps they aren’t the main focus of the photo but something about them is there. I’m not yet confident with landscape so I am always looking to photograph where I feel my strengths lie, which is capturing the moment.
Style: I don’t think I am good enough of a photographer to have a particular style. I am not, for example, mainly a landscape photographer or one that takes stylized portraits. I tend to vary depending on the story I am trying to tell. I adore taking photos of people, of details in certain monuments, even things that can seem mundane to others but I do lots of research after to accompany the shot with a story. If I had to narrow my style to one type I would say casual, fun, sort of like looking through the lens of a close friend. Or so I hope!
Favorite destinations: So many! Most recently, Mexico. My husband and I did a two-week trip from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen and stopped at many smaller towns in between. Places like Taxco, Oaxaca, San Cristobal de Las Casas all were absolutely incredible destinations where you really feel like you are on the other side of the world. We met some of the local indigenous populations, ate incredible food and went on 9-hour bus rides through windy mountain roads. It was an experience I’ll never forget, such as eating insects in a busy Mexico City Market. I don’t recommend trying spiders. Also, I really love France, my husband’s native country. Last September we went to Brittany and Normandy for a wedding and I fell in love with the moody landscape and hearty food.
Influences: In the beginning, I was always struck more by people I knew than famous photographers or figures. For example, I had a friend in school growing up in Texas who would take beautiful shots of people around our campus using film. You had to wait for it and truly be surprised. Now a day my influences also remain to people I know in real life. I have several friends who take photos that truly take my breath away every single time. For example, on Instagram, my friend Erica or “Travel Babbo” captures poignant family moments in the most spectacular of backdrops. I also adore Humans of New York because looking at the photo then reading the story behind the person gives me chills every single time. It’s a reminder that there is much more to humans than we could ever know and he manages to both capture that in his photography and take the time to hear their story. He’s my idol!