Jane Simpson Art & Photography

storyteller / image-maker

I’m a great believer in the narrative aspect of photography.

As a Director-Writer-Shooter-Editor in film and video production, I have always been fundamentally concerned with ensuring that the story is served. My years as head of my own production company, Triplane Film + Video, gave me a chance to exercise that sensibility on a wide variety of projects from features to TV to corporate, educational, docs and music videos.

From my early days in animation, I found great delight in incorporating stills in my work. “Montage” style means just that – you pull from what you have as long as it moves the story forward. This principle also applies to my work in still photography. For a picture to work its way under my skin, I have to find and convey the story – whether it comes from the place or subject, or the colors and juxtaposition of elements. Without that, I think an audience struggles to appreciate what you are doing. It doesn’t always work, but when it does, it’s magic.

Photography gives me a chance to explore a place, a theme, colors and textures. The natural world is an immediate choice given where I live, near mountains, desert and ocean. But just as my professional work has involved people and streets, I can’t help taking my lenses to city, highway and beach locations – west coast or east coast USA or in-between - in search of compelling moments and details. My camera tags along with me on backpacking trips to the Sierra Nevada and gives me something to do on the Amtrak Vermonter or waiting at a traffic stop. It’s with me on trips downtown or in the deserts and mountains on  hike or on a journey over hills blackened after a fire to document recovery. 

Cameras since 2016:

Fujifilm XT-2 or XT-3. Favorite lenses: 16-55 2.8 zoom; 56 1.2; 23 1.2; 35 1.2, 80mm and the 50-140 zoom. Good for street travel: X100F with its 23mm F2 fixed lens. News travel camera is the X-E4 and the 27mm MkII - low profile and nifty. Photo Editing work is in Lightroom and Photoshop. I develop all my "recipes" and enjoy experimenting to create a mood and a feeling that helps convey the image's story as I see it.

A Few Past Video Production Clients:

LA County Metro / KPCC / kbda / A&E Biography / Natural History Museum of LAC / Karten Design

Way back: Music Videos for Chaka Khan / Concrete Blonde / Thelonious Monster / E.L.O. / Patti LaBelle / Michel’le /  Enrique Iglesias and many more.