SHOOT WITH JORDAN PROSSER

Every now and then, you meet a person who’s just doing a really great job of being a human. Jordan is one of those people. We were both at the You Are Here festival in Canberra last year, where I saw him perform with Sam Burns-Warr in their deeply silly show ‘A Stitch in Time Saves Brian’ as ‘The Landlords.’ During that same week, I sat in a dark room as he spoke about Radiohead’s ‘Lotus Flower’ at a listening party and explained how Thom Yorke had taught him how to dance again.

Since then, I’ve seen him be an actor, a writer, a poet, a film director, a rapper and a podcast host, and be brilliant at them all. He’s intelligent, witty, curious and kind. In the waning days of last year, as my friends named their resolutions for 2014, he read out his list, and the last two – ‘Have courage, don’t fuck around’ are now taped to my computer screen. He’s tirelessly driven, dreams bigger than anyone I know, and to top it off, he’s a complete pleasure and privilege to be around.

When we moved into our new house, I asked him whether he’d model for me, and yesterday we finally got around to making it happen. One of the side effects of taking photos for a living is that you sometimes forget the joy of shooting without a brief, so spending an afternoon tramping around our 1880s manor was a welcome reminder of why I do what I do. You know a shoot is going well when you show the subject the photo you’ve just taken, and you both burst into laughter at how grand it looks.

Jordan has a website up at www.jordanprosser.com.

I highly recommend a stroll through his work, and keep an eye out for his short film ‘Hungry Man’, a slick neo-noir piece with a wicked twist, which is doing the festival rounds presently.

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