I started photographing in 2020. At first, it was just landscape photography but after discovering street photography, I began to feel more passionate about this discipline. The reason was the creative possibilities I saw in it and the opportunity I had to express my own way of seeing the world through a camera.
In the beginning, I didn’t have any particular project in mind because I didn’t want to put any limits on my photography. It wasn’t until after analyzing my photographic archive that I realized many of my photographs shared a common style. I gathered these photos together and titled my first project Atlantis, Vol 1. I am a fan of mythology, and I was always interested in the idea of the possible existence of a submerged city and these images seemed to invoke that idea. I’ve already starting to work on the second part of this project, called Atlantis, Vol. 2
I took most of these images in Zaragoza and Palma de Mallorca, both cities in Spain, though a few of them were taken in Dublin. I always do street photography during sunny hours because my camera doesn’t do well using artificial lights as a light source. I prefer shooting at sunrise and sunset when the light is softer.
In my opinion, you have to feel the place and the situation you are photographing. This, together with working out the composition of the scene, will make it easier for the idea you have in your mind to be related to the final result. That and waiting a long, long time until you get the result you want. I have stayed in one place for literally an hour until I have obtained the result that I wanted.
The rule imposed on myself for this project was that all of the photos must be of a similar style. They had to be elegant and pleasing to the eye. This is one of the hardest things about this discipline of street photography because you don’t control any element of the situation and getting what you want becomes very difficult.
Still, there are moments when I have a perfect frame, and someone comes along and walks through the scene. At times like those, I know that I have obtained the result I wanted and I can continue photographing more places.
Working on Atlantis taught me many things. It has helped me to consolidate my style and aspire to other goals on my path to becoming a better photographer than I was yesterday.
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