My journey as a self taught artist (ENGLISH)

Hello, everybody! To launch my blog I thought it would be good to tell a little about myself and what this blog will be about. I guess it is not a secret for many of you; I'm not going to talk about hairdressing now haha. But there are many other things besides photography that nurture and inspire me to create and I want to talk about them too. So here you can find both articles related to photography; tips, tutorials, recommendations, "behind the scenes" etc. as well as articles related to personal experiences, self-knowledge, philosophy, psychology, astronomy, music, nature, personal reflections and with a little luck I will get to show how, for me, everything is interconnected.

Tenerife, Spain. 2020.

“Had I not created my whole world, I would certainly have died in other people’s.” Anaïs Nin.

Well, starting with myself... Five years ago I decided to buy my first reflex camera. I actually had another one many years ago but I only used it once or twice and I sold it, so it doesn't count.

The thing is that after several years taking pictures of myself with my phone and editing them in very basic online softwares like pixIr, I realized how much I liked it and what a great tool photography is for expressing yourself. Because that's how I understand photography; a tool to express an internal emotion and turn it into something visual.

Since I was a child, I always liked everything related to art; painting, singing, dancing, in fact it was in this last one that I developed more, I even moved to London to train professionally. For a while I thought that it was what I wanted to do in my life, but I started leaving it behind while my interest in visual art was growing. However, the transition wasn't a linear process, in between I started studying Psychology but I left it to move to Barcelona with the intention of taking it up again there but that didn't happen,I always had the feeling that I didn't find what I was looking for and that's when photography showed up and it has been a constant in my life ever since. I've gone through times when I've been very motivated, very creative and others when I've been way less motivated but I think photography is something I could never leave.

Macizo de Montserrat, Barcelona. 2015.

Carrer del Perill, Barcelona. 2015.

I often think how lucky I am to have found this tool, this little "safe space" that allows me to create my own world as I please, to connect with myself and to disconnect from the madness of the world we live in. There's a phrase by Anaïs Nin that I love and defines it very well: “Had I not created my whole world, I would certainly have died in other people’s.”

Calgary, Canada. 2016.

When I had been taking pictures for a year, I moved to Calgary (Canada) and there I had the opportunity to do my first jobs as a photographer in photo shoots, weddings and Turo, which is an American company like Airbnb but for car rental. All that experience served me a lot, professionally and personally, I gained confidence as a photographer and my mind and the amount of possibilities I had expanded exponentially.

Lake Louise, Canada. 2016.

Calgary, Canada. 2016.

Bow River, Canada. 2016.

It was a great experience, but what helped me most to get closer to what I do now was Selfmade, back in Spain, one day I received an email inviting me to an interview to be part of their remote Image Specialists group. I thought it had to be a joke or something but it wasn't. It is an American company that was starting and my job consisted in editing images with photoshop for their clients, they gave us a guide, they trained and paid us. Thanks to this opportunity I advanced a lot in my photoshop skills, I met photographers and designers from all over the world with whom I have collaborated or we have helped each other at some point, and I entered the world of photographic manipulation which is, nowadays, where I base a big part of my work.

From there I began to receive opportunities for exhibitions and publications that you can see in ABOUT.

Photo manipulation, 2020.
"Coffee is life" Concept artwork for La Cafeína. Tenerife, 2020.

Currently I'm based in Tenerife.

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I leave you with the work and a text by Duane Michals, extracted from a book that I took out of the Calgary public library shortly after I arrived and despite the fact that my work, visually, does not have much in common with his, it marked me at the time and he is one of the photographers I admire the most:

"We are hero and author; what lies, what drama, what foolish dreams we imagine. Don't be shy, it's all goodbyes. We grasp and our palms are empty, nothing." Duane Michals.

Fotografía: Duane Michals
Fotografía: Duane Michals

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