Jesse Fox

I'm a photographer, video & performance artist and this blog is for sharing my continuous new work. If you want to repost any of the artwork i put up here, please remember to give credit! thanks :)

you can see my website here: www.jessefox.net

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Recently I modeled for a new clothing company called GodFire Apparel shot by my very talented friend, Jeremy Kramer.  They let us keep a shirt in exchange for our time modeling for them and I grabbed one that reads “Remember Who You Are” on the front. 
Initially, when picking my shirt I chose this one because it seems inspiring and I don’t really wear shirts with the brand name on the front. However, while cleaning up my studio after a 16 hour day of working my day job at CityBeat and then a freelance shoot after, I started thinking more about this shirt I was wearing.
In college I made a book with a couple friends called “Let’s Get Naked.” My section was about the body as a whole and how we are constantly changing, evolving and are never the same as the day before.  This is something I still believe, but I started thinking— at my core, who am I?I do a lot of self portraits as characters, which is pretty much just an exaggerated version of some part of me… but spike-bra, intense Jesse (see my instagram) isn’t me all the time.
As I swept the never ending pile of glitter and confetti to a containment area and threw away the empty champagne bottles that have been sitting by the wardrobe area for far too long, I thought deeply about what it means to be Jesse Fox. Three traits came to mind that exist no matter who I am with or what I’m doing and in typical Jesse fashion, I made a self portrait to go with each of them. No make-up, no costumes, no skin smoothing or retouching blemishes… just me, exactly how I was at 1 a.m. on a Wednesday.
I am a workaholic.  A perfectionist. A girl who will burn the candle on both ends even when I don’t really want to be doing it anymore. I have a love/hate relationship with this side of me. It’s exhausting. It sometimes negatively impacts my relationships. It makes my body, especially the parts of me affected by the spina bifida I was born with, hurt. Badly.  But I love it because it has gotten me to where I am today, both in my personal life & my professional life. My drive & worth ethic  are at the top of my list of things I love about myself & give me purpose.
I am a lover. Compassionate, empathetic & love people (& dogs).I “blame” my moving around several times throughout my childhood on my current love to meet, connect and get to know people.  If I have any form of connection with someone new, I want to be friends forever and know everything about them. I have a strong desire to help people (& animals) when I know they are suffering. When there is injustice anywhere, it affects me greatly, especially if it’s something out of my control.  I have a big heart and always try to see the best in everyone.
I’m a goofy, fun-loving, silly, weirdo.I love to laugh, make double chins, be ugly on purpose and have as much fun as I can as often as possible. In fact, I think my career is just about the only thing in my life that I go into with a serious mindset.  I spent a pretty significant amount of my early life being negative and letting other people influence the way I felt and saw myself. No more! Life is short and I want to spend as much time as I can laughing through it and making the people around me do the same.
I reflected on these to think about how I can use them to enhance or influence my artwork. Obviously being a workaholic is already a major part of that and my goofy personality can sometimes show through in my quirky work— but how do I use my compassion and love for people in my work?  Aside from making amazing new connections and friendships through my work and the obvious choice of having people be my subject matter of choice, I wasn’t really sure.  This encouraged me to explore themes that raise awareness about injustice, not just something I’ve directed and staged for a publication or art show.  It’s an aspect I’ve explored before, but one I’m looking forward to return to! Who are you? And how do you stay true to yourself in the wild, busy and crazy world in which we live?

Recently I modeled for a new clothing company called GodFire Apparel shot by my very talented friend, Jeremy Kramer.  They let us keep a shirt in exchange for our time modeling for them and I grabbed one that reads “Remember Who You Are” on the front. 

Initially, when picking my shirt I chose this one because it seems inspiring and I don’t really wear shirts with the brand name on the front. However, while cleaning up my studio after a 16 hour day of working my day job at CityBeat and then a freelance shoot after, I started thinking more about this shirt I was wearing.

In college I made a book with a couple friends called “Let’s Get Naked.” My section was about the body as a whole and how we are constantly changing, evolving and are never the same as the day before.  This is something I still believe, but I started thinking— at my core, who am I?
I do a lot of self portraits as characters, which is pretty much just an exaggerated version of some part of me… but spike-bra, intense Jesse (see my instagram) isn’t me all the time.

As I swept the never ending pile of glitter and confetti to a containment area and threw away the empty champagne bottles that have been sitting by the wardrobe area for far too long, I thought deeply about what it means to be Jesse Fox. Three traits came to mind that exist no matter who I am with or what I’m doing and in typical Jesse fashion, I made a self portrait to go with each of them. No make-up, no costumes, no skin smoothing or retouching blemishes… just me, exactly how I was at 1 a.m. on a Wednesday.

I am a workaholic.  A perfectionist. A girl who will burn the candle on both ends even when I don’t really want to be doing it anymore. 
I have a love/hate relationship with this side of me. It’s exhausting. It sometimes negatively impacts my relationships. It makes my body, especially the parts of me affected by the spina bifida I was born with, hurt. Badly.  But I love it because it has gotten me to where I am today, both in my personal life & my professional life. My drive & worth ethic  are at the top of my list of things I love about myself & give me purpose.

I am a lover. Compassionate, empathetic & love people (& dogs).
I “blame” my moving around several times throughout my childhood on my current love to meet, connect and get to know people.  If I have any form of connection with someone new, I want to be friends forever and know everything about them. I have a strong desire to help people (& animals) when I know they are suffering. When there is injustice anywhere, it affects me greatly, especially if it’s something out of my control.  I have a big heart and always try to see the best in everyone.

I’m a goofy, fun-loving, silly, weirdo.
I love to laugh, make double chins, be ugly on purpose and have as much fun as I can as often as possible. In fact, I think my career is just about the only thing in my life that I go into with a serious mindset.  I spent a pretty significant amount of my early life being negative and letting other people influence the way I felt and saw myself. No more! Life is short and I want to spend as much time as I can laughing through it and making the people around me do the same.

I reflected on these to think about how I can use them to enhance or influence my artwork. Obviously being a workaholic is already a major part of that and my goofy personality can sometimes show through in my quirky work— but how do I use my compassion and love for people in my work?  Aside from making amazing new connections and friendships through my work and the obvious choice of having people be my subject matter of choice, I wasn’t really sure.  This encouraged me to explore themes that raise awareness about injustice, not just something I’ve directed and staged for a publication or art show.  It’s an aspect I’ve explored before, but one I’m looking forward to return to!

Who are you? And how do you stay true to yourself in the wild, busy and crazy world in which we live?

Lollapalooza.

My band made a music video with Adam Gambrel of Atomic Feist Productions. Check it out!

When I’m not taking pictures, sometimes I sing in a band.  Here are a couple promos taken by my awesome friend Ashley Marie Bowman.

Second photo in my series of illustrating song lyrics that I like & can relate to (first one is here).  This one is based off of a song by one of my favorite bands, Cage the Elephant. The lyrics are “you can drive all night looking for answers in the pouring rain. You wanna find peace of mind looking for the answer” from the song Cigarette Daydreams.
Lots of times I have help on shoots, but when I do self portraits I try to do it all myself. That wasn’t possible for this one, so I enlisted the help of my best friend (and amazing artist & musician) Jen Warren and her wonderful girlfriend, Cortnie (who has an important blog worth checking out— thatcortniegirl.com). Here’s a video of that + my lighting set-up if you’re interested:  https://vimeo.com/100917304Oh & just as in the previous one where I accidentally put earache drops in my eyes instead of eyedrops and almost went blind, there was of course a mishap in this shoot. This time I accidentally shut my head in the door as I was rushing into the car. Old car doors are very heavy.Enjoy!

Second photo in my series of illustrating song lyrics that I like & can relate to (first one is here).  This one is based off of a song by one of my favorite bands, Cage the Elephant. The lyrics are “you can drive all night looking for answers in the pouring rain. You wanna find peace of mind looking for the answer” from the song Cigarette Daydreams.

Lots of times I have help on shoots, but when I do self portraits I try to do it all myself. That wasn’t possible for this one, so I enlisted the help of my best friend (and amazing artist & musician) Jen Warren and her wonderful girlfriend, Cortnie (who has an important blog worth checking out— thatcortniegirl.com). Here’s a video of that + my lighting set-up if you’re interested:  https://vimeo.com/100917304

Oh & just as in the previous one where I accidentally put earache drops in my eyes instead of eyedrops and almost went blind, there was of course a mishap in this shoot. This time I accidentally shut my head in the door as I was rushing into the car. Old car doors are very heavy.

Enjoy!

I followed Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band around for a couple days when they were around my area last week(end). Here are a few photos from the shows I attended.  
Concert photography is always fun because of how much I love music, but I’d never consider myself a “music photographer.”  I like when people are blurred and tend to be more interested in the lighting + facial expressions + movements of the band members rather than getting a nice, crisp photo.  In my own work I stage the lighting and models so much, it’s kind of fun to go into a concert and be excited about the idea that I have absolutely no idea if I’m going to come out with anything worthwhile or not. Anyways, enjoy & be sure to watch/listen to them if you get a chance.

I’m doing a pretty big show on August 8 at Obscura in Cincinnati. You should be there! The work was curated by Laura Miller Gleason and will be installed in the Jim Thompson Room, Underground at Obscura.https://www.facebook.com/events/255795377948621/

I’m doing a pretty big show on August 8 at Obscura in Cincinnati. You should be there! The work was curated by Laura Miller Gleason and will be installed in the Jim Thompson Room, Underground at Obscura.

https://www.facebook.com/events/255795377948621/

Die Antwoord at Bonnaroo.
Photos by Jesse Fox [www.jessefox.net]

The Orwells at Bonnaroo

People at Bonnaroo.

Image from a recent photoshoot I did with comedian Hannibal Buress.

Image from a recent photoshoot I did with comedian Hannibal Buress.

I saw The Kills at Cannery Ballroom in Nashville last night. It was one of the best experiences of my life so far. They are a huge inspiration to me in my own music “career” and put on an amazing show.  It was one of the first shows in ages I went to just for the love of watching the show & not photographing it— but I couldn’t help but take a few videos.  This was one of my favorites as this song has been pretty relevant to my life over the past year.  Enjoy & go see them if you ever get the opportunity. They’re incredible.

I remember the first time I walked into the Contemporary Arts Center in college. I had to write a review of an art show and figured the art there would be more interesting because of the whole “contemporary” thing.  I don’t remember which exhibit was up at the time, but I do remember liking it.  When Tara Donovan showed her work there in 2009, my life as an artist changed and the same happened again later that year when Marilyn Minter's work came to the CAC.  I aspired to be just like these women, showing large scale works inside a cool museum and while I'm still working toward that goal, I had a pretty amazing experience at the CAC last week. 

The CAC turned 75 recently and for their anniversary party I was asked to create an experience & photobooth that was engaging, sexy and artistic.  I worked with a friend from my theatre days, Jason Ervin, who is an amazing make-up artist now.  We had a few technical issues that set us a bit behind and by the time we opened the doors for event-goers to come participate, there was a huge crowd overflowing the space. It was terrifying in the best way to have that mix of pressure to make these photos amazing and pride that so many people were excited about it.

It is easy as you climb the ladder of success to start taking cool opportunities for granted because they start becoming normal.  This is a pretty amazing problem, but something that I try to think about a lot because I always want to be excited about the things I do with photography, as well as be very grateful.  

I still don’t have any of my artwork in the Contemporary Arts Center (unless you count the CityBeat copies laying around with a photo I did of them) and maybe I never will. But, if you had come to me 5 years ago and said they would make a Facebook post saying “CAC Loves Jesse Fox” I would have been shocked & thrilled. So I’m going to brush away the thoughts of “oh, it’s just because they know me…” and take that compliment in all its glory and be proud.

Anonymous asked: whenever a foxy song comes on, or happen upon the album cover, i jump up and down screaming because i follow the photographer on tumblr! you're the greatest inspiration i've ever met and hands down, one of the coolest. i could rant and rave about you but that could get a little awkwad hahah keep up the amazing work!!

Thank you!! It’s exciting to be recognized for such a wonderful album! I really appreciate your enthusiastic kind words! <3