Jade Jackman at The Photography Show
Today at the Photography Show we introduced Jade Jackman, filmmaker and writer adamant that widespread technology is nothing but a gift despite the widespread view that young people are ‘too connected’. Her work has led her to shoot with aspiring female journalists in Afghanistan and exploring Mexico City with blind photographers, and today she spoke to us about the power of the smartphone.
You have some really good content, how do you think that smartphones are helping nowadays as mechanisms for storytelling?
I’m absolutely fascinated about all the facilities that the Kodak Ektra as a phone can offer to journalists and filmmakers. I interviewed Omar, a refugee that now lives in Germany, he’s from Syria originally, but on his journey from Syria to Germany, the smartphone was the only way for him to keep the connection with his family. And I found it interesting how the device allowed them to be connected to each other. The smarthphone was the only way to contact his family. I want to tell those stories because I think it’s really important to recognize and show the positive things that smartphones give us. It’s amazing how such an affordable and accessible device can give us the opportunity to tell a story.
In terms of using the phone, how did you find Kodak Ektra smartphone and what did you find interesting when using it?
I found it really easy – it’s very light, it’s very flexible and it’s pretty easy to use as well once you get used to it. I think it’s a very useful tool for people who are starting out with filmmaking.
What other creative projects are you involved in?
At the moment I’m just finishing a journalism project which is a series of interviews, but apart from my own work I’m really interested in collaborating with musicians and designers who I find really interesting.
Really grateful to say that @kodak have commissioned me to make a short film on their new @kodakphones! I'll also be taking over their instagram account on the weekend at @thephotographyshow and chatting about my film! It is a VERY short doc about the importance of phones on a refugee, called Omar's, journey from Syria to Europe and will screen over the weekend at the photo show. The phone, which shoots in 4K, is also being given as a prize to the winner of @eyewantchange so don't miss out! This also means I'm going to be in the UK for a bit longer so shout at me! #kodak #kodakektra #documentary #photography #storytelling #phonefilmmakers pic snapped by my girl Aleks Bilic 👁✨