Jake is a photographer and filmmaker from Atlanta, Georgia. Though he has always had a lifelong passion for adventure and the outdoors, from being an Eagle Scout to taking road trips around the US, Jake didn’t find a creative outlet for this passion until his 21st birthday. In anticipation of an upcoming study abroad semester in Tanzania, his parents gave him his first DSLR camera. From sweeping shots of majestic landscapes to intimate portraits of Masai warriors, children, and others, Jake discovered how to communicate his love of adventure through the lens, and the rest is history.
This passion goes beyond just the single frame of a photograph. While in Tanzania, Jake learned the story of East Africa’s slave trade, which lasted until the 1920s. Over the course of several weeks, Jake filmed interviews with both former slaves and slave owners in the small coastal town of Bagamoyo. With no previous training, he crafted a documentary based on these interviews, revealing how a formerly divided town had come to peace with itself. From then on, his film and photography projects have been largely self-driven, a way to reveal the marginal and the forgotten people and stories to others.
Jake’s photography and film has already won awards, such as the Wake Forest University travel photography competition. After stints in Tanzania, Fiji, and South Africa, Jake was in Cape Town, South Africa, for several months working for Street Talk TV to shoot, edit and produce weekly TV segments that tackle issues big and small in township communities. To see clips from these shows, go here http://www.youtube.com/user/StreetTalkSA