Why is it that life speeds up with every passing year? Douwe Draaisma may have written a book about the subject but my insight is still lacking. With that in mind, I've gone through the past year of posting on GarconJon.com to remind myself of it's key moments. Looking back on the past 12 months has reminded me of two main things: my love of travel and the energy I get from meeting new people. I've enjoyed incredible travels across Europe and Africa and heard countless inspiring stories from new friends along the way. It's for this reason that in 2015 I made sure to make time for more in depth interviews through the "GarconJon meets" series. Particular highlights include the humbling Ian Treherne who is a photographer slowly going blind, Frank Muytjens the genius behind J.Crew menswear and lawyer-turned-model Richard Biedul. The year also held some lows, unfortunately the overwhelmingly talented dancer Jonathan Ollivier sadly passed away only weeks after we met for a photoshoot and interview.
From client work I was able to shoot two seasonal lookbooks for Mr Porter as well as continuing my work with American Vogue and Vogue Hommes. One of my highlights is most certainly the launch of my latest book "Gentlemen" which was released in June. Collaborating with Penhaligon's, one of Britains oldest fragrance houses, I photographed over 60 stylish men from around the world as a series of portraits to inspire.
In 2016 I have many ambitions but in particular I plan to travel more. I'm looking into a trip to Japan now and have photoshoots in the diary taking me to Iceland and Morocco for the first time. I'm working on my third book "Manufacturing Menswear" focusing on British craftsmanship and am also keen to update my online presence with a new site design and branding. Any opinions from followers would always be welcomed!
As always, my main focus for 2016 will be on persuing passion, living an honest life and being open to new experiences. Hopefully that will result in some powerful imagery on GarconJon.com along the way. Thank you to everyone who has supported the work so far and for continuing to follow the journey.