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Highlight : J’aime Leigh Gianopoulos

Photo by Chanel Baran
Photo by Chanel Baran
When did you discover an interest in photography and filmmaking?
 
Since I was 8 years old, I have had a passion for story telling. I used to create films with an old home video camera that needed to be plugged into the wall in order to film. I have always had a very strong imagination and vision.
 
What made you decide to become a visual artist?
My love for sharing a perspective or a message to others without needing to explain my self in words. My passion for mixing art forms together to express a feeling, a story, an emotion. 
 
How did you develop your abilities and methods?
I attended a film production program at the Toronto film school. Working on many sets in various departments, but most of all allowing myself to receive a vision and take all the action steps needed to achieve it. Building solid teams of artists and supporters who are passionate about helping bring the vision to life. 
What themes and subjects are you most drawn to?
The cycles of life. Indigenous wisdom and culture, Ceremony, Spirituality, the uprising of the feminine spirit, nature, sustainability and innovation, anthropology.
Photo by J'aime Gianopolous
Photo by J’aime Gianopolous
 
What does a creative shoot with you involve?
Focus, dedication, trust, passion, growth, openness, willingness to explore craft, make mistakes, and learn. 
Photo by J'aime Gianopolous
Photo by J’aime Gianopolous
 
How do you prepare for your shoots?
Preproduction organisation, bringing the team together, acting work.
 
Why specifically do you do this work?
I do it as a way to express the transformation I’ve experienced, witnessed, or the beauty i see. It helps to give me a platform to communicate my vision with the world. 
 
What transformations have you experienced through your work? 
Biggest lesson would be getting over the ego of the artist. When you complete a project you can always see a lot of things that you could do better next time. This at times stops people from moving forward and progressing or finishing projects. I was stuck at this point for a while. Now I respect each thing I create and I look back at 3 things I loved about the work and 3 things I can grow in the world. Those 3 things then become my areas of focus to grow and expand in my craft.
What transformations have you witnessed in others?
The healing power of what can be achieved when a group comes together and combines their gives. This goes beyond what one on their own can achieve. It is inspirational.
Photo by J'aime Gianopoulos
Photo by J’aime Gianopoulos
What has your greatest realisation or learning been?
To keep making bad paintings until they are good, and when they are good don’t get stuck in it. Just keep creating, learning, and really appreciate the talents of your self and all people involved. 
 What is the most powerful type of healing you have experienced?
Love
What is your favourite music/artists to listen to?
Mucho. Garth Stevenson, Akua Naru, Rising Appalachia, Julianna Barwick
Who are your favourite filmmakers/ or what are your favourite films?
Terrance Malik, Michel Gondry, Baz Luhrman, Miranda July
Do you have one tip to share for happiness and wellbeing in everyday life?
Always remember how precious life is and that life is a gift. Take the nectar of life from every moment and person you meet. Always find the sweetness and fill yourself with it. Overflow on to others.
 
What are your plans for the future evolution of what you do?
 
Currently I am in South America shooting a documentary about the impermanence of life, and working in the jungle with indigenous people of Ecuador.
Is there anything else you would like to mention or share?
Short film : HOWL

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