La mirada de Jennilee Marigomen

by Maike Moncayo,

It’s been months since we first took notice of Jennilee Marigomen’s atmospheric photographs. Her natural lighting shots have been reappearing here and there, showing a work that stands out due to its consistency and poetic quality. Through her camera Jennilee explores her environment, offering us almost meditative, sometimes dreamlike landscapes. Every day life portrayed from contemplative state, transmitting us a sense of serenity, is what defines this Canadian photographer’s eye. Here she shares the background stories to some of her most cherished photographss.

I’m drawn to scenes like this – that are bittersweet and make you feel both happiness and melancholy at the same time.

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“Flock” North Vancouver, 2013

I took this photo on the top of a cold mountain top just outside of Vancouver, BC. It was very cold and we had just wrapped up a shoot, so my friends were leaving, but I wouldn’t leave until I was able to shoot this flock of birds. The flock’s unified movements were exciting and graceful. After awhile, I started to irritate them, and they swooped over my head and came for me. I ran back to the car, terrified.

 

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“Untitled” Burnaby Lake, BC, 2010

I was working on a shoot at a small lake in Burnaby and came across a man with his granddaughter sitting on his shoulders, pointing out to her all of the ducks floating in the water. I have a similar memory like this from when I was a child. The small moments like these are the ones that stay with me, and I hope they stay with her too

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“Paved Over Snail Hop Scotch Court”, Vancouver 2012

I came across this while walking through and elementary school in East Vancouver. At first, it made me laugh. Then it made me sad, thinking of kids being teased by it everyday at recess. I’m drawn to scenes like this – that are bittersweet and make you feel both happiness and melancholy at the same time.

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“Pretzels” New York, NY. 2012

This photo was taken in downtown New York. I was amazed at all of the food carts throughout the city. And I do love pretzels.

When I look at this photo, I think of how amazing the opportunities are in New York, but they are never handed to you on a silver platter. You have to work hard.