Jesse Martineau, and the gang, of tiny boys… And one girl.
Let’s talk about my favorite subject ME! Ok, so that’s not entirely true, I have a beautiful family, a wife of 13 years, and 5 sons, all names of which begin with the letter ‘J’… So we started with the first 2 and once you make that commitment, you’re just stuck… Anyway, I am sure you said ‘5 boys, that’s crazy’ and I would say ‘yes…’ We kept going for the girl but boys kept coming out, I think I have purged my body of x-chromosomes… Outside of being a Husband and a Father, I have many passions, only one of which is photography.
I am a public speaker, largely speaking to young people about their potential, not solely focusing on their strengths, but I believe, to be truly strong we cannot be afraid to grow the very things we are weak at, not just avoid them. I try to invite people into my home (with all the chaos of children) to get to know the real me. I want people to say ‘What you see, is really him’.
Now I am taking on blogging! I’m like a Swiss army knife of hobbies… But maybe that’s what works for me! So I have picked some topics that I really like talking about, and I hope that we can have some fun talking about all of these things! I have SO many ideas ahhhhhhh!!!! Ok I’m done.
So how did this whole Jesse Martineau Photography gig start? Well I can remember being quite young and one of my uncles having a video camera. That’s all it took, I loved using any form of camera, and I still do today. Although still photography is by far my favorite form. My Grandfather also loved to take photos of everywhere he traveled, and more so my own father had a video camera with him quite frequently! Not to mention he was pretty funny as he narrated what was going on ;P
Now what took me down the road of wanting to take photos also had to do with my dad. He had a subscription to National Geographic for a long time. In June 1985 one of the most iconic images was on the cover, the green eyed Afghan girl. Now I was 5 years old then, but at that point, and for years afterward, I would just stare at that image, the eyes, the color, I couldn’t look away! I thought about who she was and where she lived, and in my young mind I am sure I had made up a wild story.
The second image that led me down the path of photography was in TIME magazine. The very graphic image of the monk on fire in Saigon in 1963 obviously was shocking to me. Why would he do that? What I have discovered now is that photography tells a story, we hear all the time a photo is worth a thousand words, but I say it is a lot more.
One day I would love to be in National Geographic or TIME, we will see what happens! But something I have discovered about myself is that I don’t really take photos of people. I have a bit, and I actually enjoy a more candid, or natural approach, than say a wedding, but as you may know the vast majority of my photography is about Nature. Still however I find the amazing challenge of trying to produce a similar result in people, as those two images gave me when I was a boy.
Photos like this recent one I took do the same thing to me! Finding that response from something like nature can be a challenge, but it is SO rewarding to achieve! As you read posts, look at photos, shake your head at my crazy captions, I hope that something inside of you jumps in excitement. Maybe it will be that you are challenged, inspired, or just have a good laugh, but producing content that causes people to look beyond themselves is what I am after!
So take your time here, get to know me, and my family! Hopefully I can bring you something that will help and/or inspire you along the way!