From New York
Surf Daze Interviews: Jenny Hueston
Jenny Hueston's pictures makes you want to quit your job and head for the coast. Here we talk to her about her love for surfing, the challenges she faces in her field, and where she keeps all those damn photos.
My name is Jenny Hueston. I am from Canada. I lived in London for several years before landing in Brooklyn which is where I am now based
What was the first camera you ever had?
It was a bright red plastic Vivitar with a red zip up case and a wrist strap. I got it from my parents for my birthday one year when I was probably about 10. It spent a lot of time at summer camp with me and captured a lot of great early '90s preteen looks.
Where do you keep all of your photos?
Boxes and boxes and boxes and hard drives and more boxes. I have so many prints, Polaroids and negatives from over the years. There is a big box at my mom and dad's place that I like to go through every now and then. What is the most challenging thing about working in the field of photography?
I think that one of the most difficult things about being a photographer is the freelance aspect of it. Of course this is also one of the most wonderful things about it as you have freedom to do what you want and create what you want. It is a bit of a double edged sword though as you are the only on responsible for how your career goes. You have to make it up a bit as you go along.
Do you surf? What is the connection between your work and surfing?
I think I am more of a spectator than a surfer. Several of my good friends are obsessive surfers and I spend a lot of time on beaches with them. I find I spend more time on the beach taking pictures than in the water. This has turned into an on going surf project. I love early morning light by the ocean and there is a freedom in surfing that I am fascinated in capturing. These two elements go together beautifully. Describe your photos in 5 words, or in one sentence.
Nostalgic, muted, free, intimate and eclectic
What is the greatest compliment you've ever received?
My mom once relayed to me that my grandfather had told her that I was like a free like a butterfly. I always smile when i think of that. Where is your favorite place on earth?
In the middle of any serene lake in Northern Ontario during summer. Preferably early in the morning when it's misty.
What's your favorite photo you've ever taken?
If I had to pick one though I think it would be of my niece. My sister and I were on a long drive between northern Quebec and southern Ontario. Lily had spent several hours of that telling us about her magical fairy world and everything she imagined in it. The picture I took of her is when she is fast asleep in the back of the car. It reminds me being a child and dreaming of fairies.