Our photographer member
ARCHITECTURE / INTERIOR DESIGN
Interview with Ramón
“…these memories mean so much to her…”
What does photography mean to you?
An opportunity to share an idea, a point of view or a piece of information. A chance to tell a story that can be real or fictional.
What inspires you?
Other photographers, of course, but a lot of inspiration comes from movies, books (both photography books and novels), art in general, listening to the news on the radio and daily observations of what’s surrounding me.
What made you realize that you had a passion for photography?
I’m not sure I have the answer for this, but I’ve always been a very visual person and after having a short career as an Architect, the fast process (faster than Architecture, at least) from conceptualizing to having the image done, and the possibilities of travelling and meeting people and new places with photography attracted me. Despite all the hustle of the profession, I don’t regret making this choice.
How did you learn the art of photography?
My dad had a good friend who was the best photographer in my hometown. I used to go a lot to his studio and even travel along with him and observe. I learned a lot by doing this. I learned a lot of the technical stuff through a blog called Strobist, and the rest was books, other blogs, online courses, and doing it, taking a lot of photographs under different circumstances.
How long have you been a photographer?
I had my first DSLR camera bought in 2007 and, of course, I started shooting right away. But as I said before, at that time I was a full-time Architect. Along the next two years I transitioned to being a full-time photographer.
What has your journey as a photographer been like?
It’s always been hard and full of ups and downs, but when I look back I can see that, gladly, it went upwards. I’ve met a lot of people, being in many places and situations that I would never be if I wasn’t a photographer.
What are your plans for the future in reference to your career?
I’m doing more and more video work nowadays and I want to be a DP (Director of Photography), but that’s not to say that I’ll be leaving photography behind. I’m just incorporating more skills. And at the end of the day, it’s all about a good story and good light.
How would you describe your photography style?
I never had photography as a hobby. I started working from the beginning and because of that, I had to adapt to many different clients - mainly, a lot of magazines, with different styles. In the beginning, I also didn’t have many lights (flashes, strobes, modifiers, etc.). So these two factors molded my ‘style’ initially. Throughout my career, I started to finesse my light and composition. In the end, I would say that I tend to go more for a moody look, don’t use much natural light, and always try to add some ‘story’ to my images.
What were some of the challenges that you came across as a photographer?
I think that the challenges are mostly related to the business side of the job. Recognition, finding jobs, being well compensated and the administrative tasks that demand and distract from the creative side.
What is the most rewarding part about being a photographer?
In a more commercial sense, to have your images in public or in a magazine and to help sell a certain product or tell a story is definitely rewarding.
These days I saw some pictures I took from a wedding on Instagram. An old client of mine had just posted despite the wedding happened many years ago. I don’t usually photograph weddings, only for friends or friends of friends. I started talking to her and she said that these memories mean so much to her, she lost her husband a couple of years after that and those pictures are priceless for her. Being a tool for others to have these moments is certainly fulfilling.