This week, Laura and Joelle are joined by our 2021-22 neighborhood guide photographer, Jamie Kelter Davis. Jamie is a local photographer, storyteller and traveler based in Logan Square who shoots compelling visual narratives with subjects ranging from: women in farming, organic agriculture, projects about the American Midwest, art activism, women fighting for social justice using art, aging in rural areas, and now, the small business community of Andersonville!
Listen to Episode 135 with Jamie Kelter Davis!
Top podcast highlights and where to find them (by timestamp):
:56 – Tune in to hear a little bit about Jamie’s background and her interest in photography!
2:36 – She found an interest in shooting the “quiet times” of the pandemic.
“I really enjoyed photographing mundane moments and hopefully making them beautiful.”
4:54 – Jamie shot photos for our 2021-2022 Neighborhood Guide which is coming out this spring. Hear about what her process and experience was like!
10:08 – Hear our podcaster’s experience with masks, COVID-19 and the struggle of smiling with masks on!
17:09 – Jamie was able to meet quite a few of the business owners in Andersonville during her photoshoots for the Guide. Tune in to hear some moments that stood out to her! She also loved being able to shoot the Black Trans Lives Matter Mural!
“Andersonville’s always been this like really special neighborhood that I visit … the experience of actually experiencing the businesses first hand were just some of the best moments.”
22:20 – Jamie talks about the people who have shaped who she is as a photographer today.
24:20 – Was photography always Jamie’s calling? Tune in to find out!
26:34 – Jamie talks about her relationships with both film and digital photography. She truly is so incredible at what she does, and we wanted to take a moment to appreciate her and her expertise with her craft!
28:47 – What’s next for Jamie? Tune in here! She’s starting to work on projects involving food disparity in the Midwest. She’s very passionate about volunteer projects and food pantries.
32:48 – Tune in for Rapid Fire Questions! Questions include: Favorite dive bar? Favorite Chicago pastime? If you could travel anywhere right now, for a job or personal, where would it be? Most important lesson you learned in 2020? What are you looking forward to most for 2021?
“The biggest lesson is to have gratitude for what you have and don’t take things for granted.”