This month it was our pleasure to speak with visual storyteller, Carlos P. Beltran. Carlos brings stories to life through street photography, documentary photography and filmmaking. He loves to make connections with people, so human interest stories are his main focus.
We spoke to Carlos at length about his time spent documenting his home country, Venezuela, a fascinating project that got him labeled a traitor in his own country but also resulted in a beautiful photo book called Estoy Hecho de Retazos. And since Carlos is an expert at taking a project and turning it into a tangible story, we also talked to him about personal projects – how to get started, how much work goes into telling a story, how to edit and curate your work, how to get discovered, and how to know when it’s time to bring a project to an end.
Carlos is an excellent teacher and had plenty to share on these topics and more, so be sure to take notes as you listen in on our conversation.
A Selection of Carlos’ Photos
- Photo book Estoy Hecho de Retazos
- Video – Why We Still Love Film: Analog Photography in the Digital Age (Edited/Narrated by Carlos)
Video – The Long Wait: Venezuela Violinist Flees Violence to Seek U.S. Asylum (Directed by Carlos)