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The Emotion Of Creativity, And The Importance Of Documenting The Outdoors

Updated: Jul 31, 2019

INTERVIEW // ALEKSANDAR JASON - PHOTOGRAPHER/CREATOR


Welcome to Compass Studio’s ninth instalment of our 'Explore More' series, where we dig into to the stories and inspirations of those people that are conquering uncharted grounds right now – whether physical, environmental or social, in the hope of spreading the good further.


We sit down, and talk with photographer Aleksandar Jason – an internationally respected content creature, based out of Melbourne.


Aleksandar walks us through his journey of creativity, the emotion that comes with capturing the great outdoors, and why this process allows for a clear mind – setting him up to create even more.

  • Let us know more about what you do, how did it all start out for you?

I don’t really have one of those stories where I realised what I wanted to do in life by a single moment or item – for me, all of this happened by chance and of course, by passion. I was a lost soul during high school – we all chase the paperwork that says we are qualified at something. I however needed more; a sense of being and a purpose, and I always had a interest in photography, film, and movies.. I ran with this, and slowly I found a route, which I worked hard for, always chasing that carrot in front.


I have fallen in love with what I do, and to call it a job is pretty funny. If you had said that to me when I was in high school that one day I would work creatively with brands such as Nike, I would not believe a single word. Hard work-days pay off, but taking your time and appreciating every minute of it will be worth it. Instagram has allowed me to explore not only my own country, but the world – and to be able to share it online and promote the outdoors gives me a chance to not only have fun with my job, but also enjoy life in its fullest.


  • You spend a lot of time in the outdoors. How has this shaped you as a creator?

It allows me to get out of mental and creative blocks – as simple as that!


  • What skills are required for nature photography that may be different to other styles?

No skills in my opinion, just the hunger to be different and not to be influenced by others. Nothing worse than becoming a carbon copy of another photographers/creatives style. We are all unique in our own way.


  • You’ve had the chance to create content with a lot of amazing brands. What do you think has attracted them to your particular style of photography?

I wish I knew myself! In my own opinion I have always been an advocate for professionalism when it comes to client relationships – I enjoy making contacts. I’m a bit of an extrovert when it comes to my own business outside of my creative skills.



  • When in the outdoors, how do you know when to put the camera down, and be part of the moment?

This is something that I’ve been teaching myself. ver since I’ve moved into a new house with my wife – I’ve wanted to put away the camera, phone, and limit my internet access after 5PM as it’s our time. ut as I said, I’m still learning!


"We are part of a generation that seeks to know more about our planet. I think that we may also be the generation that saves or helps-to-save what we have left for future generations. It’s an important time to document, to preserve, but also to help promote the beauty that we have so readily around us."

  • Do you believe nature photographers play a part as environmentalists?

I do, and personally hope I can make a difference. I would do anything to be apart of a crew that promotes our future. I love our forests, and nothing gets to me more than coming across litter within the woods! We all play a big part in saving our planet.


  • What’s the most interesting place you’ve experienced out on the road.

Yosemite National Park in California – a place that will be with me for years. Hopefully I get to visit more frequently, it’s almost as if it is not of this planet – I hope we keep it that way, as it’s too amazing to see it be ruined by us. My favourite story would be chasing squirrels around Glacier Point! Well not chasing, but trying to let one pose for me, for at least a second – it ended up running away but at least it got my wife smiling.


  • What does the space and solitude of the road give you?

Just heading into the unknown and planning your trip step by step has always been a fascinating idea – living in the moment.


  • Why do you think documenting nature is so important in 2018?

We are part of a generation that seeks to know more about our planet.I think that we may also be the generation that saves or helps-to-save what we have left for future generations. It’s an important time to document, to preserve, but also to help promote the beauty that we have so readily around us.


  • Why do you think documenting nature is so important in 2018?

Challenging myself in every way – I hope to travel across Scandinavia next winter and potentially document my home country of Macedonia before it’s torn apart by politics and the neighbouring countries.


Want to learn more about Aleksandar? Check him out at aleksandarjason.com or follow on Instagram.