HERO Framed is our series platforming up-and-coming photographers capturing the world around them through a unique lens.
London-based photographer Jody Evans is inspired by the best of then and now: touchstones include Robert Mapplethorpe’s evocative black and white portraits of the 70s, and Harley Weir’s progressive vision of beauty.
When it comes to building an individualistic style, Evans turns their lens to the exploration of queer identities, sexuality and the never-ending possibilities of self-expression. It makes perfect sense that the photographer’s favourite photobook is Phyllis Christopher’s Dark Room, a fearless, intimate documentation of erotic culture and protest in San Francisco from 1988 – 2003.
Name: Jody Evans
Camera of choice: Mamiya RZ67 / 645
Preferred subject: Friends, loved ones, queer folk and family.
Favourite time of the day to shoot: It depends on the project really, but I shoot most of my documentary work in natural light at the moment, so daytime is good. I mainly use a studio for commercial or editorial projects so that can be done at any time.
Most recent photo you took: A picture of my Dad with his old motorbike.
How you first became interested in photography: At uni when I first used the darkroom – I loved it. My Grandpa was also a big influence, he always had a camera to hand and loved to document life so I think that had some influence on me.
Biggest influence: I love the work of Robert Mapplethorpe, Catherine Opie and Harley Weir. Jo Spence was also a big influence on me getting into photography.
Favourite photography series/book: That’s a hard one! I love my copy of Dark Room by Phyllis Christopher. I am a sucker for black-and-white photography.
Current project/s: I am just finishing up my first book, set to launch at the end of 2023 or early 2024 and I’ve started working on the next one already. The book covers dykes, my dad and motorbikes.
Check out Jody Evans on Instagram here.