Oh Caja a.k.a. Carlos, has quite a collection of colorful, vibrant images in his Flickr feed. As I perused his images, I saw images that are full of life, humor and beauty, which is what drew me to them. In a world sometimes dominated by bad news and negativity, Carlos has captured a happier side of his beloved city, Barcelona. Below you’ll find our interview and a small selection of his images:
How did you get into street photography initially?
I think I have been attracted to street photography for a long time but I didn’t recognize it, until about 2 years ago. I started to read about street and documentary photography and street photographers that I really admired like Mary Ellen Mark, Joel Meyerowitz, Cartier Bresson, Jeff Mermelstein, to see how they think about photography and how they actually did their photographs, and the way they described what street photography represented for them and for the world made me realize that that was what I wanted to do with photography. I guess I was very inspired by them.
How would you describe your street photography style?
I just try to be invisible, get close or very close without being noticed.
I feel quite a connection with your subjects, what do you look for in a subject? Do you interact with your subjects at all?
I usually don’t interact with my subjects. I’m looking for spontaneity, moments or situations with a certain kind of energy, candid portraits. I’m going around with a random eye, I try not to ask ¨why¨ while I’m photographing – I can think about that later.
Where do you go to shoot?
My daily life is happening in Barcelona, Spain, so I discovered street photography through the city and now I’m discovering the city through the street photography. I’ve always lived in downtown Barcelona, so that’s my every day walk, crossing through the old little streets of El Raval, Las Ramblas, El Barrio Gótico, El Borne, which always have amazing light. It’s a perfect city for street photography.
It seems like you might do projects once in a while (like the umbrella shots). Are you working on any projects currently?
Right now I’m member of a creative agency call BLOUD based here in Barcelona and I’m working on a project about street style in but more in a candid way. The umbrella photos are part of a series that I’m working on it, so I’m always aware of umbrellas when I’m around. I have a few more series that I’m working on at the same time and they are always about local people that are around the neighborhood so I see them all the time in difference situations or some of them do the same thing every day. I hope in a few years I will have a few different series of photos – we’ll see what happens.
Our thanks to Carlos for sharing his images and thoughts on street photography. We’re looking forward to seeing how his projects continue to develop.