"Super bright, colorful, and cheeky”—that’s how Jessica Pettway describes her work. But there’s much more to her imagery than an electric-feeling bounty of delight for the eye. Jessica plays with color, shapes, and texture in highly gratifying ways, composing vibrant still lifes that burst with emotion and a sense of occasion, even when they’re promoting something as everyday as a beverage. The woman knows how to craft a moment. She might also be the only still life photographer you’ll meet who cites Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry as influences. She likes the way those classic hand-drawn cartoons idealize food, highlighting the essential appeal of a wedge of cheese or a roast turkey with nothing more than color and a skillful use of line. “It’s so perfect and appetizing and over the top,” notes Jessica, who uses her Brooklyn studio to continually explore new ways to make exciting imagery out of ordinary elements. It comes as no surprise that in 2016, Vice celebrated her work, saying that her pictures “redefine still-life photography.” The question that remains now is, What will Jessica, whose clients range from Apple, Instagram and Uber to Unilever, Wired, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Refinery29, come up with next? We can’t wait to see. 

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