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.
“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.
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.”
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.
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.
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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.