TikTok star Maris Jones can time-travel—well, sort of. On the app, the Brooklyn-based photographer and filmmaker specializes in making mini short films that capture the essence of virtually any year. On her page, which now has over 578,000 followers, Jones posts “through the decades” videos, in which she fully gets into character and embodies the mod tights of the ’60s, the big hair of the ’80s, and the grungy fashions of the ’90s, among others.
Jones spans the eras in many different formats, whether it’s exploring outfits, bedroom decor, and even cell phones. The campier her filming style is, the better. Making shorts is something she has been doing since she was young. “I used to take my toys and film them,” she says. When she joined TikTok in 2019, she saw the app as an opportunity to continue her love of filmmaking as an adult. “I saw it as another way to do what I love, and share it with people in hopes that they might have some fun and get a bit of enjoyment from what I create as much as I do,” she says. “I love being taken out of my everyday life and being whisked away on an adventure. If I can do that for someone else, that’s pretty neat.”
As Jones began posting her cinematic creations over the past few years, she saw her followers responding to her more nostalgic TikToks, which have now become her prime focus. “I love the idea of nostalgia and how we feel so comforted by our memories,” Jones says. “I am fascinated with how it always seems so rosy when we look back at them.” She says her favorite part is always finding the right retro fashions to wear in her videos. “Everyone I know gives me their old clothes or vintage pieces, because they know I will find use for them,” Jones says. “Half of my closet is filled with family members’ old clothes that they don’t wear anymore, but they don’t want to get rid of.”
Below, Jones talks about her creative process, what her favorite era is, and what her next TikTok will be.