• Class of 2017: Logan Jackson

    With eyes ahead to the new year, we brought together the fresh new faces that are challenging the status quo. Artists, activists, and musicians, our Class of 2017 is forging the path ahead with hope and optimism.

    Logan Jackson is a photographic artist who captures surreal moments with a painterly eye. After honing his practice in Arkansas, he found a community of like minds on the internet that encouraged him to pursue his artistic life in New York. 

    Age: 25
    Occupation: Photographic Artist 
    Sign: Aries
    Senior Superlative: Hopefully Best Dressed

    Who is Logan Jackson? 
    I’m just going to break it down in bullet points. Logan Jackson is sweet and creative and sometimes a little selfish. We’re working on that. Outgoing. I’m an artist based in photography. That’s my main thing in life. That’s led me to a bunch of other opportunities. I just got into creative direction last year, with a friend named Christina, called You-Do-You.

    Can you tell us about the site? 
    The website is a platform coming from an agender perspective that showcases all sorts of fashion and artists and writing and music. When I say it's an agender perspective, that means that on the website, we try to cater to everybody. We try to be all-inclusive. Not necessarily every story, the fashion will be specifically for gender nonconforming people or gender neutral people. We try to have everything be applicable to everybody, like all of our content. 

    That was our mission statement from the get-go. We launched last fall. When we first came out with it, it was all about gender and having all the genders be included, all across the gender spectrum, I mean. Now we started to realize if we want to be a completely inclusive website, it's about all types of people in general, different bodies, different ages. 

    What’s your role in the site and it’s content? 
    What I do as the creative director now since we don't have a big budget for employees, I do everything that falls under the creative side. We come up with shoot ideas together or separately, and then we think about who to shoot and who to shoot with, or if we just shoot it ourselves since we're both photographers. Then from there, I take on the role of a producer and art director. I even put the stories up myself most of the time. It's a big undertaking since I still do freelance photography work, and I'm still trying to be a legit artist.

    I'm just taking on a lot, as much as I can without going crazy, just all in the creative field. That's always where I wanted to be involved in. I figured I would rather be trying to put something out with a message than just be completely selfish and do whatever. 

    Photo by Logan Jackson

    You recently did a shoot for Hello Mr. as well, right?
    I shot a big editorial of that. It was pretty cool. They worked with a writer who was working on a pilot TV show about a fictional boy band and their journey. So it's sort of like making the band, but like scripted fictional version, 2016. We shot the three fictional members of the boy band. It was really fun. They were nice to work with. 

    When did you get your first camera? 
    I bought my actual first camera for myself when I was 17. The summer before my senior year of high school, I just bought a little Kodak point and shoot. I didn't know anything about photography. I was a painter in school, and that's what I always thought I wanted to do for a career. I started to doubt myself a little bit in painting because what I was doing was just trying to get the result of my paintings or drawings to be as close as possible to a photograph. I ended up realizing I couldn't really make anything from my own thoughts. I couldn't actually start from scratch unless I shot the images. I started shooting images as references to paint or draw. Then I was like I actually enjoy the taking of the photo more because I can actually create what I have in my head whereas I was really limited with drawing. 

    Then the next year, after I graduated high school, as my graduation gift to myself, I bought my first DSLR, so I started shooting a little bit more legitimately, but I was still a teenager. I got a lot of help from posting my stuff on Flickr, which is cringe-worthy now to look back on that stuff. I don't think I could have made it probably to New York even if I didn't start there because I'm from Arkansas, and it's very small and closed-minded and it feels impossible to escape. 

    I found a community of people, literally through the internet on Flickr and Tumblr, and I started to build confidence that I was good enough to do something else. 

    Would people reach out to you through Flickr and tell you they liked your photos? 
    Yeah. Actually it started happening pretty early. I started getting a modest following on Flickr. I got a few random things from that, and people were just sending me nice messages, and I got featured on Dazed Digital when I was a teenager just from my personal work. I remember thinking I was the hottest shit at the time.

    Photo by Logan Jackson

    What makes a good photograph? 
    It is so subjective, literally and figuratively. I think a good photograph to me just starts with a good idea, and if the idea comes across either clearly, or if it's fun to look at and try to figure out what was going on when it was being shot or what was going through the photographer's head, then I think it's a successful image. I think if you want to know more about it, it's successful and good. If it's something that I haven't seen before, and I think subversive stuff is really interesting. The most random things I think are really good images. 

    There's this artist, Torbjørn Rødland. He is one of my favorites because he can take photographs of anything, especially things that you don't ever think about photographing. When you're able to look at something, like an object or a person and just be able to see things that other people don't see and capture that, I think it's really interesting. He inspired the way that I work, which I just pull basically random imagery either from old shoots that I've done. I got back and I comb over images that I never would have looked at. I like stuff that's not traditionally good photography. I like weird angles. I like weird lighting. Obviously this is a very personal opinion, but I definitely think the overarching theme in what I think a good photograph is, if it makes you want to stare at it and understand it.

    What do you hope for yourself in 2017? 
    So my mom actually did my tarot card reading in late July. So this was a while back. She told me I got a lot of cards that represent forward movement. She said it was actually the most forward movement, positive card reading that she had. I don't know if it's the reading that has stuck with me and just made me operate better. In the past month, I've just been feeling positive about stuff, more so than I have been. 

    In 2017, first of all, I hope my mom's reading is accurate. She said I would meet somebody older who would create balance in my life, not necessarily romantically, just someone older. I'm really hoping for an art patron or something, somebody really smart coming into my life and teaching me the ways of living a balanced life.  In 2017, I hope that we can make some progress with all these issues that have arisen in 2016. I think that I personally can keep going in a positive direction and not fall into a depression at any point. That's it. 

    Say something to your generation. 
    There are too many things to say.

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