Visual Female of the Month – May
– Jessie Bush
Jessie Bush runs the fashion blog We The People which showcases Jessie’s personal style as well as what she captures on the street or in and around fashion events. I know Jessie from high school, and we are still great friends, which makes me even prouder to see how far she has come with We The People. The website is simple elegance with a dash of coolness. The format is easy to follow and I especially love how Jessie has an even mix of images and text. Not only is the image quality and subject matter of her photography stunning, but Jessie backs it up with well articulated accounts of who each person is, what they are wearing and what makes the style work. Jessie’s photography and fashion thoughts have been featured in a variety of places and I just know she will continue to flourish in her field.
Now for the interview….
When did you start blogging and what inspired you to do this?
I started my blog in 2010 – at the time I had just returned home from a stint around South East Asia and was inspired to continue documenting life around me.
Did you expect We The People to develop the way that it has?
Not at all! It simply started out as a platform where I could self publish and create my own content. I feel very blessed that We The People allows me to do what I love and work with so many incredible people.
Your blog is a mix of commentary and your photography, is there one aspect you prefer?
I prefer the more visual elements, simply because I get the most satisfaction from getting the perfect shot. But I like to think they compliment each other – it’s nice to provide my readers with some context and well as give an inside into who the person is, what they do, what they are wearing on this particular day.
You have run We The People from Wellington, Sydney and now London, so who do you think has the best street style?
Sydney – only because it has the most favourable climate. The sun comes out frequently, even in winter, people are more inclined to wear less layers and be a bit more relaxed and free with their style.
What are your goals/plans for your creative career in the near future?
Right now I just want to make the most of being in the Northern Hemisphere; travel as much as possible, work with British and European brands and collaborate with like-minded people. I’ve always got a few new projects in the works for festival season which I’m really looking forward to.
If you somehow hurt your vision, would you choose to wear glasses or contacts?
Of course – obviously I hope to keep my vision – but I would happily wear either if necessary.
Excluding sight, what two other senses are your favourites?
Sound and touch.
5 most pleasant things to look at:
Sunrise, sunset, expansive views in nature, cityscapes from high above, loved ones smiling.
5 least pleasant things to look at:
Pain, suffering, another person crying, people being injured, death. Very strange question!
Who is the most inspiring woman you know and why?
I’m not sure I could pinpoint just one person. There are so many strong, intelligent, creative women I’m inspired by.
What is your favourite thing about yourself?
What is on your bedroom walls currently?
Nothing! For the first time ever! My boyfriend and I only moved into our place in March, and our walls is the last thing we need to decorate. But we do have plants, lamps, books and candles sitting on every possible surface.
Favourite clothing / accessory / product at the moment?
Patent leather loafers.
Favourite artist at the moment:
Autre Ne Veut
And finally, any words of advice for people stepping into the creative sector?
Surround yourself with like-minded, creative people – I always find myself motivated and inspired by the work my peers are producing. It pushes me to work harder, seek out meaningful collaborations and remember that anything is possible.