What drew you to photography, and street photography in particular?
In order to escape a little from my daily routine I signed up for the photographic association in my city, Asfocal. Street photography is perfect for me. It doesn’t require a lot of equipment or travel; also, it has that aspect of proximity and really getting into a photo, which is what I really enjoy. I helps me get away from it all.
You utilize light and shadow so well! I feel like you create a mysterious effect in a lot of your photos using those elements. How do you do it? How do you incorporate light and shadows in your photos with such efficacy?
Light and shadow can help you make sense of photos. I look for deep shadows to prevent elements that don’t interest me from appearing. Basically, I try to simplify compositions as much as possible.
What have been your biggest challenges in photography and how have you overcome them?
Getting as close as possible to the human element, while at the same time trying not to influence the scene much. Lately, I look for another element – color. I haven’t overcome either of these challenges yet.
Where is your favorite place to shoot and why?
Marrakesh is the best school for street photography because of how complicated it is. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and hope to return soon. I also like to photograph my city, Calahorra, its antique streets and its people.
What is your most memorable moment or photo in street photography?
That moment hasn’t arrived yet. Right now, I am working on a project that I am really excited about, so maybe it will come soon.
What has street photography taught you?
That you can go home without having gotten a decent photograph, but you always learn something and above all, you’ve enjoyed trying.
Editor’s Note: To learn more about Antonio and see more of his work, be sure to visit his Flickr photostream. Antonio was selected from our Flickr group (Street Photography Magazine), where we regularly choose photographers’ work to be published in our magazine.