Sisters, Amanda M Jansson and Emma E K Jones are a team of two analog photographers/artists working together. They work with magazines such as Contributor Magazine, KALTBLUT MAGAZINE, VICE Style, Pixie and Rotter Zine on a regular basis, and have also appeared on Girls On Film, Girls Get Busy, HONK! Magazine, Frockazine, Girlzine, Ballad of…, Regia, Lamono, and others.
Where are you based?
We aren’t based anywhere really, because we move around Europe all the time, this has been going on since we were kids. Our heritage is very mixed: British, Russian, Greek, Italian and a little German.
Could you describe your work for us?
This is a tough one. Not all of our shoots are the same. There are different styles always. We’ve been described as controversial and we do try to provoke sometimes indeed. We do lots of horror or creepy stuff. Then there are some who find our photos melancholic. We also try to be minimalistic sometimes and others just crazy and surreal.
Do you have a creative process you can share with us?
One of us has an idea and tells the other. Or if it’s commissioned then we just sit down and try to come up with something. Next we sketch some weird sketches of the pictures we want to take, what colours, clothing, and spaces we would like to use and then just set a date.
How long have you been doing this for?
Not that long. About 2 years.
What inspired you to start?
One reason for taking pictures is never being fully satisfied with other’s pictures. We started taking random analog pictures on walks and so on and at some point people started asking us for work and then we got serious about it.
Is there anyone’s work you think we should checkout?
There are many good photographers out there. We couldn’t name one right one.
Do you have any projects planned?
We have lots of projects coming up. Some commissioned editorials we have to deal with first, and lots of personal projects as well, some are creepy, some are just fun, some will be portraits of people we know… and of course always KALTBLUT magazine, where we work as Art Editors and photographers and Pixie and Rotter Zine, our own analog zine which we just started.
What’s the best website on the internet?
Of course that would be: pixieandrotter.com
What’s been the best way to get your work seen?
Flickr and tumblr are good enough. Any kind of blogs also. Then we also got noticed a lot through work we did for magazines and also features and interviews.
Could you recommend any equipment for our recommendation list?
Well, we are always in favour of analog. We use a Praktica lb2 and a Zenit a lot, many of these cameras are very reliable and their endurance is surprising. Then we love our Smena because it’s 35mm but you can double expose. Polaroid Landcameras tied on a tripod are great for that as well, plus they are instant so you know exactly what you shot right away. If impossible Project film wasn’t that expensive we would list all our Polaroid cameras, but we use the Fuji Instax more often because the film is easier to get and costs less. When it comes to medium format, we love our Holga because it’s the perfect toy camera and also our Lubitel, hard to use, but beautiful results. We also like making tiny pinhole cameras, the results are unexpected but fun and we are also big fans of disposable cameras -they work wonders.
Do you have a favourite book or film you can recommend?
Lately we have watched some films we liked a lot. Taxi zum Klo (1980), Fox and his Friends (1975), Happy Together (1997), Prinz in Hölleland (1993). They are all very special films, we highly recommend watching.
Do you have any music discoveries you would like to share?
Haha, first of all, we have to list our own band. Crooked Feral Things. We have recorded some stuff and are working on a lot of accoustic songs right now as well. It’s hard to name bands because we are so much into music and we keep discovering stuff all the time. Generally, we like old school punk, garage, britpop, glamrock of the 70s, grunge, and some indie stuff also. Lots of old bands, but a few new ones are cool too. We focus a lot on the lyrics also.
Making money is a sticking point for many artists and photographers, can you offer any insight into this?
Yes, especially for analog artists it’s a nightmare. Film and stuff costs a lot and you have to spend a lot and usually get paid nothing. You have to travel and that you can’t afford also, tickets, hotels, everything costs more than you make. All the hype with instants and lomo and so on is also a pain in the ass because everything gets more and more expensive just because lots of these people who are suddenly into it are just brainless with lots of money. For photographers who don’t shoot fashion there is more trouble because they can’t rely on designers offering their clothes and have to buy lots of props if they want their photos to look they way they had been aiming for. But if you work hard, and are persistent and consistent it will pay off after some time.
How does the future look for your work?
Lots of traveling will be included. We are always busy and have such little free time, but we are enjoying it.
Do you have a link to your work and Flickr address you’d like published?
Our personal links are being built right now. So tumblr and flickr will be good till then.