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. 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 local mountains on a Sierra Club 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. Photo Editing work is in Lightroom and Photoshop.

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.