Do you have a favorite quote or something that you say to yourself to get motivated?
I have a mantra, it’s “keep moving forward.” That’s why my style is always changing. I don’t want to keep doing the same kind of process; I need to change all the time. I need to bring something new all the time. And so, I think this is the best mantra for me – keep moving forward all the time.
Do you have a favorite photograph that you’ve taken?
Yeah, I think I have one. I made this photo five years ago. I was shooting with my iPhone in Paris. It was snowing and I was behind a dad and his little boy and I took a photo with the Eiffel tower in front of them. I don’t know why, but I like the composition and for years it was my favorite photo.
You said you’ve been following PHLEARN for years. How has PHLEARN impacted your work, or has it helped you out in any specific way?
Yeah. I’m really impressed with Aaron; he’s very, very funny, and very, very talented, and I think someone I would like to talk to one day. I’ve thought about that many times! But I was just like, “Why would PHLEARN want to talk to me? I’m not that good!” [laughs] I’m so honored to be interviewed by you.
But, you are! Your work is incredible; it’s our pleasure! You’ve made quite the name for yourself online, it’s impressive. Let’s talk about your name, actually. You go by jeffonline on Instagram and simply Jefferson professionally.
Yeah. Because when I was starting on Instagram and on social media, I was kind of introverted. I was like. “I don’t want to be famous. I don’t want to be known.” I just wanted to do my job. That’s why you don’t see my face on Instagram or things like that because I want to show my work, but I don’t want to show who I am. I want people to focus on my work, not on me. I don’t care about being famous.
But, I think now I would like to use Jefferson Kent York more and more because I lost my dad two years ago and that was his name first! So, I would like to start using Jefferson Kent York, for my dad, and as the name I use on my social media. I will stop using just Jefferson. Today, I will change it!