Photographer Collaborations: The Beeson v2 January 15 2013, 2 Comments

Jamie Clayton- South Carolina



It's probably appropriate that we first met Jamie over an August shrimp boil in a friend's backyard in Nashville. A low country boil for the lad from the land of. 

Walking into the backyard as a sharply dressed man, we immediately liked this gent. Remember when you are in grade school on the playground figuring out who your friends are going to be the first day? And you meet that first friend who you say "This dude's cool. I like his style." That was similar to our gathering in backyard of the Prichard home. Picking shrimp shells and slightly overdone Andouille sausage (sorry Ricky) from Porter Road Butcher out of a cooler. 




The first thing I remember from our conversation that evening is Jamie loved talking about shooting film. A photographer firmly rooted in the analog world of before. I would make a safe bet even to say that his only digital camera is an iPhone. When he submitted his portrait for this piece we asked him to describe it further because it was so interesting. 


"I had my dear friend Laura Partain take this photo of me in Nashville. I randomly met her and saw her do a wet plate portrait of my friends and I knew immediately I was going to have her take my portrait for this. We went over to her house and she had this crazy set up with this huge ass camera and a tent coming out of her trunk where she developed the photos right there on the spot. The wet plate collodion process was invented in 1851 by Englishman Frederick Scott Archer, and was the primary means for creating photographs until about 1880. Instead of shooting on film, wet plates are made by photographing on a sheet of glass. The photograph must be taken while the glass plate is still wet with chemistry, thus the name. Due to the process' fickle nature, the plates may have unusual lines, spots or markings that are unique to the wet plate."


B&M: What kinds of photography would you say are your specialty?

"Danceographer. Can i coin that as a term? I mean i'm pretty f-word-ing badass at taking reception shots because I love to dance so much.  People in general though, I love shooting people.  I've never shot Denzel washington but I'm pretty sure I would be pretty good at documenting his life.  I just need a chance so, if anyone who's reading this knows Denzel, John Mayer, Justin Timberlake, or Will Smith. Let em know they have someone ready to document their life. Can I add Jamie Foxx to that list?"


B&M: What favorite subject or locations do you like to shoot?

"Location Smocation. People trip out too much about locations. All you need is good light. So yeah, sunrise or sunset. Golden hour. Wherever I am, thats my favorite location to shoot. I would say overcast is my least favorite to shoot in. Its good sometimes to shoot in things that stretch you, I just prefer to be outside."


Photo Influencers: 

"Henry Cartier-Bresson because of how fast that fool can capture photos with his leica.  Annie Leibovitz is nasty with her photography skills, lighting, and production team. Who doesn't like her work.  People that really influence me are just random photographers that don't give a shit what other people think about themselves and do their own thing.  Ryan Muirhead is a friend of mine and always kills it.  Maybe that will be me one day. Right now i really like Jan Scholz's work."


Style Influencers:

"I don't really have any influencers with fashion.  I just wear what I like.  Most if its from jcrew.  If i had more money I would probably shop at Billy Reid for everything.  I like classic stuff. Great pair of jeans and boots with a solid tee and a jacket.  Nothing ever over the top or that draws too much attention.  Things that just fit well because they've been tailored and makes you stand out with out trying to."


The Shot: 

"I wanted to rep my city for sure. My buddy Andre does the sick Nashville murals in town so i figured why not incorporate it into my tie shot. I love my Beeson tie. It fits perfectly with my branding. The feel, the colors, how it looks on me. Its all money. It was shot using my mamiya 645 at f4 with Kodak Portra 400. Having the sun directly on the tie, I probably had a 1/2000th of a second exposure time."



Bonus: Give us an unknown fact about yourself

"Caroline Fontenot is actually my fraternal twin sister.  You can ask her yourself.  She might deny it, but its true.  My parents have never told me the real story but all the evidence lets me know its true.  She and i lived almost identical lives growing up in separate states, the fact that my parents have a unusual fondness for her and really want her and Mark to come to Charleston.  Theres so many more reasons but, yeah. Not too many people know."