I would venture to say this week’s featured photographer, Sergio Mora-Gil Crespo, has a real knack for capturing people, as they are. Even when his subjects stand at a distance, it seems like their thoughts are on display for the world to see in their expressions. Of course, Sergio’s work is not limited to capturing people. He has also has quite an eye for interesting architecture. I asked Sergio a few questions about how he got into street photography and what it means to him. For me, his words hit home and left me feeling inspired, which is why I’d like to share them with you, with no edits or paraphrasing.
How did your interest in street photography begin?
“I got my start in the world of photography 1o years ago. I mostly took landscape shots, along with a little portraiture here and there as well. On the other hand, I have always enjoyed spending time on the streets. During my walks, I saw many scenes that drew my attention, all kinds of scenes, almost always with people being the protagonists. I never thought to photograph these moments, but about a year ago, as I flipped through the pages of a photography book, I discovered that there were people who had for some time been practicing urban photography. It was a very important moment for me, it was incredibly clear, I had spent much time practicing urban photography unconsciously, freezing scenes in my mind, but since that day, I always head out to the streets accompanied by my camera. Now I shoot with my camera everything I used to “shoot” with my mind.”
…and My Dog
What do you look for, or what inspires you, when you head out to the streets to shoot?
“When I head out to the streets with my camera, I observe everything, people, lights, shadows, buildings…I can pass the same place 100 times and it may not grab my attention. But, suddenly, one day, without knowing why, I discover something about it that I had never noticed before and I shoot. This is a very exciting moment, it is magical. I often ask myself, “How is it possible that I never noticed before?” It is a marvelous sensation. The street is a scene full of grand moments that are waiting for someone to notice them and capture them forever.”
Viendo la Vida Pasar (Watching Life Pass By)
What are your goals as a street photographer?
“My main objective is to continue capturing everyday scenes, moments that normally go unnoticed but are wonderful and won’t ever be repeated. To photograph those moments and to share them. If, in addition, I manage to transmit something of value with my photographs, I am completely satisfied.”