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The 505 - Jain Lemos

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1. Where did you grow up and how did you come to live in New Mexico?

Have you ever heard of Mendocino? After 18 years in that little coastal town nestled in the Redwoods of Northern California, I lived in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and places in-between. I’m not a big city girl though I’m glad I’ve experienced living in some of the great ones. Sandia Park’s population size is really more my speed. Plus that Enchantment thing you have going on here hooked me after visiting friends in the East Mountains a few years ago. And it’s been heavenly so far.


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2. What lessons has photography taught you?

Patience and willingness. There is an art to waiting for a picture to happen and oftentimes I see the image but I’m not ready or I don’t know how to get the shot I want. I’ve been presented with opportunities that would make great pictures but I didn’t feel it was right to pull out a camera.


Jain Lemos Photograph

3. What person has most influenced you, or your photography? Can you tell me about him or her?

John Bailey comes to mind. In 1984 he was the cinematographer on Racing with the Moon, which was filmed in Mendocino. I was working with the movie’s location manager and was able to spend time watching and talking with John on and off the set. He was very generous with me and it was the first time I learned what a thrill it is to frame a scene.


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4. Do you have any passions or talents outside of your work?

I consider myself a writer and photo editor almost more than a photographer. Thankfully someone put those talents together and came up with photojournalist and that about sums me up.


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5. If you could photograph anyone or anything living now or at any point in history, who would it be and why? What camera would you want to use?

In the past it would have to be Jesus of Nazareth. Shooting with an iPhone would be perfect so when I got back to present day I could upload images quickly for the world to see. As for now, I’d like to spend a day or two photographing and interviewing John Bailey. After 30 years it would be interesting to reconnect. I’d choose my old Canon 40D because I’m so comfortable with it and I know I’d be nervous.

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