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Dear Photograph: An Interview with Author Taylor Jones



Photo by: Dear Photograph

Taylor Jones was 21 when he took a photo from the past, placed it in the present, and added a caption. Then, he began posting similar images online and amassed a worldwide following in the span of a year. Last week his 250-page tome also entiled, Dear Photograph was released.

Q. Why does Dear Photograph resonate with people in this age of online photo sharing? 

A. We’re in a time right now where all that is old is going to come back. We’re so enthralled with Facebook and online photo sharing, but there’s nothing actually there. The reason the website (Dear Photograph) resonates with people is they miss holding up the photo. It’s the beginning of people realizing that they need to print out photos like they did in 1980.

Q. Why is it important for people to share their stories?

A. Storytelling is what makes Dear Photograph. It helps more people understand and relate to the photo.  I think it’s that and how nostalgia is so big right now.  A few weeks ago, Facebook bought Instagram for $1 Billion.  People are yearning for nostalgia – younger people think it’s cool that we can mix old stuff with techonolgy.

Q. What are your favorite mobile photography apps?

A. I love Path, Instagram, 8mm and Dermander.

Q. Candid or posed pictures?

A. Candid – 100 percent. 

Q. How do you feel about having become a story?

A. I’m a modest guy and still live in the same town I grew up in. I want to pass my story on when I have kids so they say, "My dad was cool and he did this thing..."  I’m very grateful and thankful for everything that has happened.

Q. If you were to be remembered by a single image, what would it look like?

A. I’m an older soul. My friends used to make fun of me because I was collecting records in 2009 and wear cardigans all the time. I'm passionate about being a Canadian. I'm a big hockey guy and love the Blue Jays and drinking beer. If you could get me in an image with all of that in there – me surrounded by records and rolls of film wearing a cardigan with a Team Canada hockey jersey under it and surrounded by my friends and family and drinking a beer — that would be it.