The Truth In This Art with Documentary Filmmaker Jeronique

The Truth In This Art with Documentary Filmmaker Jeronique

In this episode of The Truth in This Art podcast, host Rob Lee converses with Jeronique, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and photographer from Washington DC. They discuss Jeronique's creative journey, discussing her early memories, the impact of community and preservation, and the significance of capturing memories visually through photography and fashion. Jeronique reflects on her childhood, the cultural significance of family photographs, and the influence of local fashion. The episode also touches on the challenges of social media engagement, the storytelling power of fashion, and the importance of preserving cultural identity and community narratives

Episode Highlights:

  • Early Memories (00:04:10) Jeronique shares her childhood memories and the impact of growing up in a unique community environment.
  • Visual Language and Photography (00:14:45) Jeronique reflects on the development of her interest in capturing memories visually, particularly through photography, and the significance of historical images.
  • Family and Cultural Heritage (00:17:43) The striking image of Jeronique's great-grandmother, her Native American heritage, and the impact of her storytelling on his understanding of family and cultural identity.
  • The Unique Brilliance of Trayvon Green (00:23:00) Jeronique praises Travon Naim's exceptional talent in fashion, photography, and community impact.
  • Navigating Social Media and Artistic Integrity (00:29:03) Jeronique shares her struggle with maintaining artistic integrity while navigating social media and the pressure for likes and shares.
  • D.C.'s Unique Fashion Culture (00:31:22) Jeronique highlights the creativity and diversity of fashion professionals in Washington, D.C., challenging the perception of the city as solely political and transient.
  • Personal Style and Storytelling (00:43:16) Rob and Jeronique share their thoughts on personal style and how it can be used as a form of storytelling.
  • Challenges in Storytelling (00:54:45) This is the part when they explore the difficulty of respectfully and authentically telling the stories of highly creative individuals.
  • Preservation of cultural events through clothing (01:01:11) The significance of clothing from historical events and protests in DC, and how it serves as a way to share personal stories and experiences.

Key Takeaways:

1. Embrace Change and Growth: Allow your identity to evolve naturally over time, reflecting on your creative journey regularly.
2. Document Your Community: Capture the essence of your community through art to preserve memories and stories.
3. Tell the Story Behind the Image: Provide context and background stories when sharing photographs to add depth and personal connection.
4. Support Local Artists: Actively seek out and support local designers and artists to enrich your creative community and help them gain recognition.

Website and Socials:
Instagram: jeronique
YouTube: @Jeronique

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Creators and Guests

Rob Lee
Rob Lee
The Truth In This Art is an interview series featuring artists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers in & around Baltimore.
Jeronique Bartley
Jeronique Bartley
Jeronique Bartley is a STREAM (Science, Tech, Reading, Engineering, Arts & Math) practitioner, multimedia developer and professional storyteller with a passion for education and youth development in the social purpose sector. From youth detention centers to homes and schools throughout the country, she has devoted over 8 years to working with youth and families in underserved environments.