Pink matter – A look through the lens of SA model turned photographer Jessie Crichton

You might know her as the subject of campaigns and editorials by the likes of legendary photographers Jimmy Marble and Pieter Hugo, but model and photographer Jessie Crichton should be recognised for her art too.

Jessie has been taking photographs since high school. “I was always known to carry a camera around; photographing friends’ birthday parties, sporting events and the likes. I remember doing impromptu photoshoots with my sister and best friend for the sheer fun of it. There was no turning back,” she says.

Raised in Port Elizabeth and now based in Tokyo, she spent her upbringing among sketches and fashion, so always knew she wanted to explore her creative side further. “I studied fashion although I wouldn’t consider myself a designer at this point. With that said, these worlds definitely intertwine and it’s something I stay open minded about.”

With an eye for romantic colours and lighting, Jessie’s portfolio features a lush bunch of portraits inspired by gentleness. “I’ve naturally been drawn towards feminine qualities for a long time though, so always make an effort to draw from that and incorporate it into my work,” she describes of her subtle yet distinctive style.

Given her career trajectory so far, it is no surprise Jessie has added “photographer” to her list of specialities. “Ultimately, my goal is to be on set and involved behind-the-scenes wherever possible, regardless of what it is that I’m doing.” See more of Jessie‘s work.

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