giovedì 20 settembre 2012

Who is the person behind the photos?

My name is Buenaventura, I'm 30 and I'm from Spain. I've never met anyone named like me. Buenaventura means "good luck" in Spanish as well as the act of "fortune telling". When I was a kid my hero was late oceanographer Jacques Cousteau and I thought I'd be a famous painter when I grow up. What I love the most in this world is getting lost into whatever I'm doing, wether it's playing music, taking photographs or sketching something on a piece of paper. I believe that creativity is what makes life so much more interesting.

 How did you discover photography and what makes you keep on doing it? Over the years I always borrowed friends's and family relative's cameras and loved to experiment with them, but I I guess everything started to come together a couple of years ago when I bought my first film camera and started following great photographers on the internet and getting feedback from people from posting my stuff online.
The whole process of imagining how the photos will come out, the actual moment of shooting them with what's available and the excitement of getting the film back from the lab and seeing the end results is what keeps me motivated.

Photographers, musicians, designers or people that inspire you?
From the famous photographers list I'd have to mention Ryan McGinley (I just love everything he does), but actually I believe it´s the people I've met through Flickr that inspire me the most. Guys like Alexey Dubinsky, Li Hui, Ren Hang, Ansatasiya Lazurenko, Synchrodogs, Miriam Sitchinava, Harley Weir, Adriano Sodré... the list goes on forever.
With music the list could be even longer. Anything related to the new generation jazz artists like Brad Mehldau, Rosenwinkel/Turner and Chris Cheek. In recent years I've also gotten pretty obsessed about Radiohead and discovered Imogen Heap and Apparat. Also throw in some Beatles, Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane and Nirvana for a little taste of nostalgia.
On a personal level my mother is my biggest inspiration.

Favorite websites? 
Wish I was one of those people who find all these crazy sources of online inspiration but quite frankly I always gravitage towards Flickr and Tumblr. After a couple of years of using Flickr I've come to meet some incredible artist who's work keeps me inspired. I go for Tumblr for more of a mix of awesome art and just crazy/random shit.

What do you want to show through your pictures?
I'm not sure there's any particular message in my pictures other than showing some kind of altered reality, some kind of beyond-reality-ism. It's hard to explain with words. With more abstract and/or arty work it's more obvious, but it's like when you see a picture of something you've seen in person and somehow the picture has that extra something...

What are your hobbies besides photography? 
I adore eating out. I'm into food from all around the world and love finding new awesome restaurants. Other than that I love to freedive in the Mediterranean sea, watching subtitled French movies, doing little road trips in search of future locations and laughing about stupid little internal jokes with my best friends 'till we cry.

What do you expect from your photographic future?
Staying inspired. Keep learning. Paying the rent.

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martedì 11 settembre 2012

Who is the person behind the photos?

The person behind the photos is called Natasha and is 21 years old. Born in S.C. de Bariloche, a little mountain city in the south of Argentina.

How did you discover photography and what makes you keep on doing it?
I discovered photography when I was a child, but about 6 years ago I realized it was the only medium that allowed me to develop my expressionist side feeling completely immersed.
The reason that I keep shooting, besides that I found my language in it, it`s also beacause two years ago I discovered analogue photography.
Until this day it continues to amaze me, and I keep falling in love with it, this is the main reason why.

If you could be one age forever, how old would you be?
Definetely I would choose the time whwn I was betwen 4 and 6 years old. The memories are scarse, but undoubtedly they become more present when I look at photos from that time.
I love to see me naive and smiling, submerged in the innocence of the imagined psyche.

Favourite websites?
Flickrs, Tumblrs and analog photographers websites.
I also like to see, make and share the analog photography magazine that me and my boyfriend do, called REVISTA IGLÜ:

Tell us two bad habbits you would like not have
I have the habit of leaving everything for the las moment and leaving the closet doors open.

What are your passions besides photography?
I don`t have other passions that compares to the passion I have for photography, but I there are infinite situations that gives me pleasure.

What does photography mean to you?
You could say that photography is the root that supports my internal forest and lets me connect with my essence.