Jourdan Tymkow is a photographer based in Vancouver, BC. She is interested in exploring contemporary issues through conceptual photo based projects and is currently obtaining her BFA from Emily Carr University.
How did you end up making what you make?
I've always loved taking photos. It started when my grandparents bought a digital camera and I would make scenes among my vast Beanie Baby collection. After high school, I didn't do anything creative for years and decided to start a lifestyle blog but quickly realized that it was taking photos I loved and that was about all I liked about it. Shortly after, I started self-teaching myself as much as I possibly could and became immersed in photography.
What have you learned in an unexpected place or from an unexpected person that informs your making?
Time and time again; failure. I have failed hard multiple times and end up better than I initially was both creatively and technically. When it seemed impossible to emotionally continue, I've always push myself to continue on and see the lessons in unsuccessful moments.
What inspires or drives you to make what you make?
To create work that I feel is important and/or relevant and to continually outdo myself creatively and intellectually.
Who are some of your favourite other makers? Local? Worldwide?
There's too many favourite makers locally and worldwide! My friends at Collective Howl, OURO Collective, Janaki Larsen, Andrew Querner, Jennilee Marigomen, Tristan Casey, James Nizam, Maggie Boyd, Amber Funk Barton, Jean Okada, my boyfriend Boone Naka to name a few. Globally, some favourites of mine right now are Richard Learoyd, Delaney Allen, and Marina Abramovic.
What is your favourite season and why?
Cherry Blossom season. Vancouver feels fresh, inspiring, and insanely beautiful.
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How do you connect to your landbase?
By connecting to my community and above all else, going into nature.
Do you remember the first thing you made that you felt was great/ the first time you found passion in being a maker?
When I was first teaching myself photography, a co-worker asked me to participate in a group art show. I reluctantly agreed as I definitely didn't consider myself an artist or any good at photography, but ended up selling two images. The high from someone wanting something I created was very powerful.