Blog 1609 Jeisson Martin

A talk with photographer Jeisson Martin

The best thing about Instagram is probably how easy it has become to discover ambitious photographers. Berlin-based Jeisson Martin is one of them.

He reg­u­lar­ly takes us on a beau­ti­ful jour­ney through his feed, whether it is rooftops with a stun­ning view, under­ground tun­nels or exot­ic places all around the globe. What fas­ci­nates us most about his art is that he goes to great pains to dis­cov­er hid­den spots that would stay invis­i­ble for most of us – if we weren’t able to see them through his pho­tographs. We caught up with the 23-year-old explor­er to talk dan­gers, trav­el­ling and his favorite sum­mer hangouts.

How did you get into pho­tog­ra­phy?
I start­ed to get into pho­tog­ra­phy, because I was fol­low­ing a few seri­ous Insta­gram­mers, but at that time my feed was just ran­dom stuff. I want­ed to make it visu­al­ly more appeal­ing, and that’s how it all start­ed, from iPhone shots to what I am doing now.

What makes Insta­gram the per­fect medi­um of pub­li­ca­tion for you?
Insta­gram is very use­ful in many ways; you’ve got in one hand imme­di­ate feed­back to your work, which was very impor­tant in the begin­ning for me, to see if my style was liked. You also get inspired by scrolling down the feed, which devel­ops your own style as well. Last­ly, but for me the most impor­tant is being able to con­nect with oth­er cre­ators or brands on projects and campaigns.

How do you find all the secret places that we see in your pho­tos?
Haha if that wasn’t a secret then the spots wouldn’t be secret. But I real­ly just walk around with very open eyes and see pos­si­bil­i­ties where oth­ers only see an impos­si­ble roof.

What was the most dan­ger­ous envi­ron­ment that you’ve been in for a pho­to­graph?
There where a few occa­sions that weren’t too safe, to be hon­est. But I would say any sub­way sys­tem, there are risks you don’t want to think of…

What makes a pho­to a great pho­to? Which ele­ments are impor­tant to you?
That real­ly lies with­in the observ­er, for me though it is very dif­fer­ent. I like to put a per­son as a ref­er­ence of scale in my shots, and sym­me­try always works as well.

How do you know that you’ve found the per­fect sub­ject for a pho­to­graph?
99% at the first sight, but then 1% after I am done editing.

Which oth­er pho­tog­ra­phers do you like?
I real­ly enjoy por­traits and also real­ly good com­mer­cial stuff. I would say for nice shots of beau­ti­ful ladies I can rec­om­mend @apricotberlin, oth­er than that my good friend @franz.becker, with whom I am doing a lot of pho­to-video relat­ed work sep­a­rate of Insta­gram lately.

In which way does Berlin influ­ence your work?
As far as archi­tec­ture Berlin is pret­ty basic for me, there are way more beau­ti­ful cities. But it’s the flair of the city, the feel­ing you have when you walk around, the peo­ple with all their dif­fer­ent sto­ries. That’s what keeps Berlin the most inter­est­ing city for me!

You’re not only tak­ing pic­tures in Berlin, you’re trav­el­ling the world – in your opin­ion, what’s the best way to trav­el: alone, as a cou­ple or in a group?
Yes, trav­el­ling always is key to love your home­town even more! The best way to trav­el is to have one or two peo­ple to join you. It doesn’t real­ly mat­ter if it’s in a cou­ple or a friend, but what mat­ters is not only being very good friends, but also have the same hob­bies. See if a friend has to wait 10 min­utes for me to take a shot or if we can dis­cuss the angle with each oth­er that’s two worlds.

What’s your favorite sum­mer hang­out? What’s the most excit­ing place to be around?
My most favorite sum­mer hang­out must be a ham­mock! And the most excit­ing place, is the place I haven’t been to yet!

You’re well known for climb­ing rooftops – what is the nicest to enjoy warm evenings?
Every moment is real­ly spe­cial and has its own feel­ing. Hav­ing a BBQ on one of the rooftops with my ex-girl­friend two years ago in a build­ing which is now a very expen­sive apart­ment house, that was real­ly special!

And where to find some cool­ing?
There is noth­ing bet­ter than to ride the bike around Berlin in the evening and then just stroll around to find some spots. That’s where I find my cool­ing! Apart from that, sub­way tun­nels are most­ly pret­ty cool.

What pho­to of sum­mer 16 is the per­fect sum up for that time?
This must be this one, such a crazy spot:

Where will you trav­el next?
I’ve got a lot ideas. I would love to make a project with 2 min videos of dif­fer­ent cities like on my Youtube. Go to Barcelona and Lon­don for 48 hours and stuff like that.


All pho­tos by Jeis­son Martin

12 Sep 2016 · neubau eyewear