Can you tell us something about your work (Die Sammlung Jones)?
Photography became my second life; I like streetphotographing, usually that kind of stuff you don`t find in glossy magazines or TV; but I`m working as a cameraman too. Usually advertising, international image films or for the news agency ThomsonReuters. That means fast shootings, working with lights, fast editings and travelling a lot, a perfect job for collecting public scenes. Markus is a designer in print and communication with his own office: atelier himmelbraun and he is a passionate cyclist and guitarplayer. Pete is born as an artist. He starts as a musician and after retiring from music business, he starts filming, Film music etc. We met by chance and we launched the online stage for music, photo and videos named: "Die Sammlung Jones" just for publishing "artistic" releases.
What kind of technique do you use?
We are not very interested in discussions about highend fotocams or sophisticated technical equipment or software. We work with smartphones, toy cams, consumer & professional cams or TV Cams. Usally we don`t crop pictures, and we don`t like arrange scenes ...
... except the "Makro Money" project ?
Right! Pete`s brilliant work as a photographer. After the Lehman Broke (2007) he was anoid about the never ending discussion about crises, Euros, Dollars, Yen and the stockmarkets. He took some extreme close up`s from Paper Money and Coins - to show how much history, beauty, information and how many accurate detaills can be found on money. Because of the use of the macro lens parts get enlighted and other parts disappear in the blur, I think that shows how money works. Makro Money is about faith, power, art and crime...
Do you sell prints?
Yes, we do sell prints.
Iphoneographie, Minimal, Hipstamatic?
We like these fast shootings and this authenticity thrash look without using photoshop. The third book "Ritsch Ratsch Klick ..." is about time, deceleration, modern art, coincidence and fate, and
the images are the continuity of that story. We are happy to get involved with John S. & Jane - Welcome in the Jones Family!
"RITSCH RATSCH KLICK ..." is the HIPSTAMATIC projekt?
Yes, it encourages readers to look closely at each page to uncover the connections between the images. They may suggest a point of view, but every reader or observer of this book will bring their own experience and set of associations to the work. in our projects we constantly switching subjects, tools and materials to expand ourself and our work. This has helped us to continue to feel an urgency to make new work. We don’t want to be beholden to the past.
Facebook and Twitter?
Banksy said: "Please don’t follow me on facebook or twitter because I’m not on there." He is absolutely right! But of course we use Instagram.
Who is Pete Jones?
Pete`s Grandpa's first name was Johann and Peter was the first name of the bass players grandpa. Both of them support the project - convert a barn in the backyard into a rehearsal room for their boys. For that reason, the boys put the Grandpa`s names on the first tour poster as a punk rock band. "Peter Johann präsentiert" was written on top of them. As time went by, they converted the name to the english version: "Pete Jones presents". The grandfathers are gone by now, but their names, ideas and way of looking at things are still alive.
What happen next?
Stay hungry, stay foolish ...