Tenny Rudolph is a 21 year old photographer based in Jacksonville, Florida. He is an avid film photographer who’s work captures a sense of nostalgia and youthfulness in today’s society. We sat down with him to discuss his inspirations and to learn about his process behind creating the images included in his new series.
Artview42 Do you consider yourself a photographer or visual artist?
Tenny I consider myself both a photographer and visual artist.
Artview42 How did you get into photography & the visual arts? What was your earliest memory with photography?
Tenny I originally was striving to do creative directing only. But then I came to the conclusion that not everybody has the same eye as myself, so maybe I should attempt photography to capture what I see inside my own mind. My earliest memory with photography was of course [corny moment] iPhone photography. I thought I was the absolute shit with my little iPhone 4 taking pictures of any and everything and putting a filter on it, haha.
Artview42 Can you tell us about this shoot, what’s your planning process like?
Tenny This shoot was with Maria, she’s a stylist and photographer in Jacksonville. I pass by this abandoned pink house so often and talked about shooting there and finally it worked out. Maria’s somebody I can always count on, so I let her know my vision and we made it happen. She did the styling and make up and from there it was history.
Artview42 Tell us about your shooting process? How did you get into film photography?
Tenny My shooting process is so wild, haha. I’m always stressing out before I even have the shoot and then it always goes well. My work is usually super nostalgic with a message surrounding the youth around us, so when I plan out ideas it’s most likely around those two things. I got into film photography because of Hakeem Summers. I always talk about this with him, lol. He really got me into it.
Artview42 Who or what inspires you?
Tenny I like to keep people around me who inspire me, so a lot of my friends inspire me to create more and do better. I’m for sure inspired by Cary Fagan who’s a favorite of mine. Myles Loftin, Logan Delaney, Khalil Osborne, Ryan McGinley and so many more amazing visual artists.
Artview42 What are your favorite products, film, cameras, photo books & must haves on set?
-My forever favorite movie is, Kids by Larry Clark.
-Favorite film is Kodak 35mm.
-Favorite camera is Canon AE-1 35mm SLR
-Favorite photobook is American Surfaces by Stephen Shore
-Must haves for my shoots are my stool and my playlist for all my shoots, haha!
Artview42 What are you plans for the future, upcoming shows, projects, dreams?
Tenny I have a new group project that I’m working on now, and a photobook + EP that’ll be out the summer.
Artview42 How can we connect with you? Website & social media handles?