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01 INICIOS- DIFICULTADES Y ERRORES

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    01. EARLY DAYS: DIFFICULTIES AND MISTAKES
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    In my early days, photography was not an end in itself
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    I never though about becoming a photographer
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    I found photography a bit by chance
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    I was studying Fine Arts but ever since High School
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    I was interested in photography, with some peers we even
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    started a photo lab to do some prints.
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    It was all experimental, a way to broaden my range of creativity
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    and I was lucky to have Cristina Garcia Rodero as teacher.
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    She was the one to put the ich of photography
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    and made me see that it could be as creative, valid, important
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    artistically speaking as I thought of other arts:
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    sculpture, painting or any other Fine Arts specialty.
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    While studying Fine Arts,
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    I discovered photographers that Cristina showed us
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    One of them was Javier Vallhonrat, she spoke
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    highly of him. He had been her student, and that made me discover
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    not only photography but fashion photography
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    -in the 90s started to become something very creative in Spain-
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    It was creative enough for someone like Cristina
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    I discovered that photography was valid in every single way, and some vere very creative
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    and one was Fashion Photography.
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    It was the time from Mariscal, where also
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    Graphic Designers were starting to fly high
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    Well, photography was taking all the creativity around it
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    and it started to have Fashion Photography
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    in this country to give very important names
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    for sure Im leaving some behind, but for example:
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    Miguel Oriola, Ferrater, Vallhonrat, Alejandro Cabrera
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    Michael Brae, a lot more... Outumuro...
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    I suddenly discovered there was tons of creativity
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    within photography and that it was something
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    as valid as any other art to express myself.
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    At the beginning I started as self-taught photographer
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    what i wanted was to make a portrait of what was around me
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    and make it visible.
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    I remember the first time my dad lent me his camera
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    I went on a "trip" with it and everything was
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    really well framed but all the photos were
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    out of focus. He gave me a camera which had
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    a little paper with the diaphragms and speeds according to the light
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    I memorized it all, but I forgot to focus,
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    as simple as it seems.
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    I was looking through the viewfinder, everything sharp
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    and I thought "oh magic!" and that was going to be perfect.
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    I took a long time to learn. I wasn't so lucky,
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    like people today, and I had very basic knowledge
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    about photography.
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    That has brought me many problems in the long run
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    and some advantages too, I mean,
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    I haven't followed "rules" about what can or cannot be done
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    but I've been researching and adapting it
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    to what my artistic job has required.
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    For a long time, I've followed techniques that were
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    not correct, or what other said were not,
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    but as long as there is an image to create,
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    there is a possibility to use some creativity.
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    When I was doing negative but developing them as photographic slides
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    everyone was doing, at the time,
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    exactly the opposite,
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    and at first those photos were "ugly" but ended up being
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    very nice and also interesting. It was not a mistake,
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    it was a different way to show the images.
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    So I believe that upon "mistakes" or "that cannot be done"
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    you have to always think: "Why not?"
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    "What is the advantage of me doing this?"
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    "Why cannot I invert a process?"
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    "Why cannot I make the pixel something interesting?"
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    The most important for me was to make
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    my photography work to tell or make feel something
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    different of what the reality was.
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    I used to do all kinds of photographic work because
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    you can take always something from whatever you do.
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    There are some jobs you take because of the level
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    of creativity you can add into the mix,
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    other because you will use a different kind of camera,
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    sometimes because lighting is a challenge...
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    The main goal is to be able to contribute
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    to the photo something new, something
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    you want to experiment with, which at the end
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    the photo will able to transmit to others.
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    Learning from the mistakes.
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    What you really have to keep in mind,
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    as a photographer, is that challenges
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    will come your way every day.
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    Challenges that sometimes you think
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    they will be easy but they end up not being easy at all
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    Some others that will be within your knowledge
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    and some others that will end up in mistakes.
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    I remember an interview, I used to make photos
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    for interviews, and I had a couple of minutes
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    to make a photo to an actress at Jardín Botánico,
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    and well I loaded the camera, I started to shoot,
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    I took the shoot to the point I finished the roll and
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    I started running the film..
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    36.. 36.. 36 ..
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    and I realized the film roll was not correctly loaded.
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    Crisis. The actress was leaving, I asked
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    "please?", and she gave me time to make 3 photos
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    and well, here I am. I put my whole attention
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    to those 3 photos and they ended up being used.
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    Most likely, if all 36 photos had turned out well,
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    I would probably have chosen the last 3.
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    But there is no need to be afraid nor dramatic.
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    I remember the first time I made a photo retouch
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    I had to but a bathing cap to a model,
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    we put all this modeling clay, make up as she was bald
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    and I poked spaghetti shaped clay around her head
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    How did we do the analog work?
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    Shooting a whole film roll, developing a couple of prints
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    to check if it was okay, if there was a need to adjust or force the negative,
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    so we shot that film, we developed the photo clip,
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    it was great, and then the rest of the film was developed
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    two hours later, but the whole thing ...
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    everything was ruined, the lab's fault.
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    There was an issue with the lab's temperature
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    and everything was wasted. We ended up only
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    with the first 3 images, and we had
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    to complete the job with that.
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    There are problems that you cannot avoid,
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    there are some that will happen because
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    you are having a bad day,
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    but you can learn from everything.
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    You have to make a 1000 mistakes to have
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    1000 solutions,
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    and the more issues you resolve,
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    the less problems you will have in the future.
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01 INICIOS- DIFICULTADES Y ERRORES
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