Michel Jones – Giving Artists Credit Where Credit Is Due
An interesting turn of events brought us in touch with Michel Jones. In January, we posted a Facebook Status Update asking Fans what kind of camera they prefer working with, accompanied by a photo of cameras off of Flickr taken by Michel Jones (Mijonju) and protected under the Creative Commons license.
As required by the Creative Commons license we attributed the photo to Michel in the comments section of the post. Unfortunately, the post received so many comments that the comment functionality on Facebook malfunctioned and it was impossible to view the attribution. Michel who was rightly upset by the inability to see attribution, created a YouTube video letting us know about his frustration.
Ensuring artists receive the credit they deserve for their work is paramount to both Adobe and the Photoshop team. Many of us are artists ourselves and we would be equally upset if the tables were turned. We are thankful that digital technology allows us to create, share and distribute work in a way that has never been possible before. However, we also know that our customers rely on their own names and work to make a living and that should never be jeopardized.
To ensure that this doesn’t happen again, we are changing our Digital Imaging Facebook policy to add credit to the images of any creator within the Status Update to ensure that no artist goes unaccredited.
While we would have liked to meet Michel under different circumstances, we are happy to have established a new connection with a very passionate collector and artist. We found this was the perfect opportunity to find out more about him and wanted to share it with all of you in the Q&A below. We hope you enjoy it!
Director of Product Management, Digital Imaging
Getting to Know Michel Jones
Most people know me as the alter ego Mijonju, the camera maniac, while some of my clients know me as Michel Jones, the photographer. Actually, I am more like Mijonju than Michel Jones.
2. Name a piece of equipment you can’t live without.
The equipment that I can’t live without is strangely a piece of equipment I don’t really use – the Konica C35 FD. I love this camera very much, and using it will just make it age faster. Since it’s old and rare, parts of the camera will not last forever.
3. How do you judge the quality of a camera?
Well, most people look at the specifications of the camera and the look of it, but I personally think that a really good camera takes time to reveal itself. It depends on how much it adapts to you or how you adapt to it. Just like dating a girl, you won’t know her true colors immediately, it will take you time to understand more about her.
4. What’s the very first camera you remember collecting?
I kind of inherited my first camera from my mother, that being the Minolta SRT 101B. I sold it eventually, as it was way too heavy.
5. Is there a camera you’ve been searching for and have yet to find?
Yes, the Golden Spectra by Polaroid and Cartier. I’ve seen them in some photos, but even if I can’t own it, I just want to hold it, and shoot at least one pack of film with it.
6. Which format do you prefer, film or digital?
I love both, they each have their own strengths, but there is a certain romance and feeling to film, which is really hard to explain. You need to try it to understand why people refuse to give up film.
7. What are your favorite shots?
8. How do you share your work and passion with clients, family, and friends?
Through the Internet; social media has been helping me share what, in my opinion, is beautiful.
9. Tell us about any other creative mediums you work in; are there any other areas you wish to explore and have not yet?
I love drawing. There’s this part of me that still wants to draw again. Here are some of my works:
I didn’t give up, but it’s just that I haven’t been doing it for years. I’m also really interested in leather craft. I might give it a try when I have the time and money.
10. What artist(s)/photographer(s) do you admire?
There are lots, but these are the main ones that I admire the most (in alphabetical order).
- Araki Nobuyoshi
- Daido Moriyama
- Henri Cartier Bresson
- Jamie Hewlett
- Mika Naganawa
- Terry Richardson
11. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“If you want to change your photographs, you need to change cameras. Changing cameras means that your photographs will change. A really good camera has something I suppose you might describe as its own distinctive aura.” — Nobuyoshi Araki
12. What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out in the photography/design world?
If you like what influences you, then just do what you feel like, mimic if you need to, you will slowly find your own style in the process.