Through the Lens

Photographer Jenni Hare

Once we complete work on a project – some of which span many years – the only tangible record that we have are the photos that are taken. Capturing the mood and feel of an interior requires both skill and empathy on behalf of the photographer.

One of the photographers that we’ve worked with for over 10 years is Jenni Hare. She has a talent for capturing the essence of an interior, and an eye for conveying the finer detail. Many of her images feature in our book Hare + Klein: Texture, Colour, Comfort.

We took some time out to talk with her about her passion for design and photography.

What made you decide to become a photographer?
At school I had a brilliant photography teacher who was a famous Australian artist called Anne Zahalka. She nurtured my love of photography and encouraged me to pursue it further.
However upon finishing school I decided to study architecture because it felt like a more “serious” career path. Within a year I realised that the creative side was what I wanted – less the engineering and physics – so I decided to pursue a career in photography.

What inspires you in life and through the lens?
In life I’m inspired by people; meeting new people, hearing their stories, journeys, and understanding their character. That human connection is what inspires me.
Through the lens I enjoy sharing what I think is beautiful whether it be the light, subject matter or the composition.

What is your approach to shooting interiors?
I try to capture the way the space feels. The size of it, the colours and the light. Even the way the air flows through a room as well as the furniture, the fabric: everything that you see and feel.
For me shooting interiors is about capturing what I see when I walk into a space as well as the designer’s intention, and sharing this ambience and essence with others.

Are there any challenges particular to this style of photography?
The challenge with this style is balancing the light and capturing a space as it was intended. Linking rooms so the viewer feels the flow of a house or the flow of the space can be quite difficult to show in a way that easily makes sense.

Do you have a passion for architecture and design?
Absolutely. Somebody once said to me when I was considering becoming a photographer, “Just be careful that you don’t end up making your passion into a chore.” And luckily that hasn’t happened. I have ended up loving it in a different way and actually loving it more and more.
Similarly, I appreciate and enjoy design and architecture to such an extent that it has permeated my work and my world in general. Combining photography and design allows me to have the best of both worlds.

What has been your favourite Hare +Klein shoot to date?
That is such a hard question! I love the Hare + Klein shoots. They make my job easy, because they are so beautiful; all of the interiors are so incredible and also very photogenic. That is what made collaborating on the recently released Hare + Klein book such a wonderful project to be involved in.

I think my favourite was the Carriage House in Surry Hills. I have never seen such a diverse space in one building. It goes from warehouse on the bottom level, with concrete floors, high ceilings and large wooden beams, to the middle floor which is still an industrial space but with a more homely feel. Upstairs the top level is almost like a beach house – light, airy and soft in comparison. I just want to live there but as I cannot, it was a thrill to shoot it.