Show and tell with photographer Jay Kane

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The young photographer speaks on her inspirations and travels

Jay Kane is a 16 year old photographer and world traveler headed to NYU in the fall for computer engineering. Gritty Vibes caught up with her to talk about her life, her art and her recent trip to Dubai.

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1. What was your upbringing like and how did it lead you towards photography?

“I grew up in a very large family with five older brothers- I’m the youngest. With many personalities and actions occurring simultaneously, one rarely has a moment to just pause, and so I’ve never really been able to just take in a moment. A camera lets me do that. A camera lets me capture those beautiful, adrenaline-induced moments in a shutter and photography as a whole allows me to focus on the most important images amid those sometimes chaotic instances.”

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2. Where are some places you’ve traveled thus far? Where would you like to go next?

“I currently live in Pennsylvania but I grew up in Virginia until I was five. I’ve traveled to California, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, South Africa, Madagascar, Senegal, and most recently Dubai in the UAE. I hope to soon travel to more Asian countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, and India and explore more African nations including Congo, Egypt, and Mozambique in addition to hopefully visiting Russia next year for the World Cup.”
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3. What makes you unique as a person and a photographer?

“I think what makes me unique as a person which in turn affects my photography is the fact that I allow things to happen impetuously and capture them as such. For instance, I’ve gone to Madagascar without telling really anyone, surprised my mother with a kitten after hearing her reminisce about a childhood pet and most recently shaved my head and dyed it purple for no reason at all. In essence, I never yearn to plan or catalyze something for a specific shot or a specific moment in life.”

4. Whats the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome?

“My biggest obstacle I’ve had to hinder is building confidence in my work and deeming it “good enough” along with really just allowing myself to explore different approaches to a photo.”

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5. What are your dreams and goals going forward?

“I hope to travel to as many more countries as possible and learn a bunch more languages, currently I speak five (English, French, Wolof, Pulaar, and Fulani). I’m also soon going to attend NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering this fall to earn a degree in computer engineering and I hope to work at a grand technology company such as Google or Samsung.”
 IG: @jaynabakane