“There is something magical about the ability to tell an entire story in a tiny fraction of a second, something that is entirely unique to photography. I’ll never be able to put words to it.”
Jon Walker’s favourite feeling in the world is loading a new roll of film in his camera, advancing it to the first frame.
He doesn’t remember what it was like to see before he started making photographs on the street. There is a certain mindset he enters, something primal, almost like accessing the part of his brain our ancestors used to hunt. He is addicted to that sensation, keeping his eyes wide, knowing the next good photo could be just around the corner.
Jon studied drama in college and thinks about what he learned there often while he’s out photographing. We used to ask ourselves in class, “How many worlds are on stage at this moment, how many individual stories are being told in this space?” Jon thinks of a film negative as a stage, a place where a story takes place. There is something magical about the ability to tell an entire story in a tiny fraction of a second, something that is entirely unique to photography. I’ll never be able to put words to it. Garry Winogrand said in 1980, “Sometimes I feel like the world is a place I bought a ticket to. It’s a big show for me, as if it wouldn’t happen if I wasn’t there with a camera.”