A D.C. Exit Interview – with Jocelyn Weiss

@jocelynweisscom / JocelynWeiss.com


As D.C. loses another creative genius to that old whore, New York City, we celebrate the times past between our streets. Why is she leaving, you ask?

Read her official excuses here …

You are.

A photographer/epidemiologist.  For a long time I thought that I needed to define myself as one or the other, but I’ve come to accept who I am as both an artist and scientist.

You’re from.

Originally, Jersey. Seattle and Boston before here. I’ve loved every city I’ve lived in, but I feel I’ve grown the most as a person and as an artist here in D.C.  It’s here I learned to follow my passion and diverge from the beaten path. You always hear people talk of the growth of art and culture in D.C. Being a part of it over the past few years, I can truly attest to it.

Your day job. 

I have my MPH (Masters in Public Health) and a PhD in Epidemiology, so most of my academic and professional career has focused on studying risk factors for cancer and treatments for heart disease.  My passion, however, remains in more basic public health.

You are a brilliant photographer. Drop science, go full-time art?

Prior to embarking on a medical mission trip to Nepal last year, I had that exact thought. Yet my experience there reminded me of why I originally went into public health. We provided health exams for over 500 children and 300 women in a remote village with no electricity or running water. This is what I love!  As a result, I’ve recently accepted a job at Mount Sinai’s Adolescent Health Center in New York City.

Photography is. 

For capturing moments, personalities and emotions.  I, for one, am known for my portraiture, event and travel photography.

You say you are able to bring honesty to your photos by making yourself vulnerable. Can you explain what that means?

Photography is not just holding a camera and pressing a button – you must become connected with your subjects on an emotional level, even if it makes you vulnerable. It’s a fine balance, though. You have to do it in a way that doesn’t alter the integrity of who or what you’re capturing.  To me, it’s the only way to truly capture the mood of any given moment.

So, you’re moving to New York City. What do you expect to find there D.C. cannot offer?

Fewer trees.  (giggle) Really it’s less about what NYC has to offer and more about the overall energy and allure of the city.  I have wanted to live there for as long as I can remember, but have never found the right time and opportunity.  That is, until now.

Will you miss D.C.? 

How could I not?  Besides having made amazing friends and family close by, there are even a few special spots I’ll miss  …

Mandu- Redefined Korean food for me.

Pho14- Many a life saving meal in a bowl have come from here – and they deliver.

Bang Salon- Bryce at the Metropole salon rocks.

Red Derby- The rooftop is awesome and there’s always a great mix of people.

The Gibson- The best drinks and bartenders in town.

The Dunes- Gorgeous space to experience art, music, fashion & fundraising events.

Will you travel for photo gigs now that you’re a New Yorker?

I love to travel and most people know that I hardly ever sleep, so it’s always a possibility.

Now tell me how much you’ll miss me.

So much it hurts, Bond Girl.


Moments of brilliance by Jocelyn Weiss

See more at JocelynWeiss.com

Bond Girl Shoot with The BNC

Musica

A trip to Nepal

Moments in India

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6 Responses to A D.C. Exit Interview – with Jocelyn Weiss

  1. pat says:

    What a great article and so sorry to hear she is leaving – her photographs are amazing!!!

  2. KEITH VAN DALEY says:

    JOCELYN HAS ALWAYS BEEN GREAT IN HER WORK AND DC HAS LOST A GREAT ARTIST IN PHOTOGRAPHY AS SHE MOVES ON TO HER NEXT ADENTURE I WISH HER GOOD LUCK AND JOY AND I SO GLAD SHE CAME A LONG WAY SINCE HIGH SCHOOL

  3. sandy levy says:

    I wish you luck on your new job. Your photos are
    fantastic. Love, Sandy.

  4. Charlene McNab says:

    I am very proud to call Jocelyn my little sister. Joc, while we will miss you here in DC, I am very excited for you to start this new chapter in your life. Love you. XO

  5. Henry Sher says:

    Very impressed. Have known Jocelyn since she
    was a little girl, and she’s come a long way.
    Great career and excellent photographer. wish
    her best of luck in NYC.

  6. SJ Martinez says:

    Wow…

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