What drew you to street photography initially?
I believe my interest in street photography came in a very natural way, because I have always been attracted to knowing more about human social relations and interactions with the environment in general. But, initially what drew me to this genre was the work of other photographers whose images have the power to tell stories with a strong sense of humanity and aesthetic.
In 2016, I grabbed my phone with the intention of documenting things around me. Then, I bought my first DSRL camera and photography became a way to stop the rush of my daily life and another medium to appreciate the details of my surroundings, especially the human element.
Where do you normally shoot? What do you like and dislike about your location?
I normally shoot in San Juan, Puerto Rico. What I like most of the location is the people. San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico and for that reason, you see a lot of diversity without loosing the local flavor, presence and happiness of the Puerto Ricans. In the mornings, I love the shadows and flattering light passing through the narrow streets of the Old San Juan City.
What I don’t like so much is that my favorite location is a small geographic area and is inevitable to see the same faces. But on the bright side, you must be creative and challenge yourself in order to get new images.
Are there any particular street photographers that have been a source of inspiration to you?
Of course, here some of them:
- Henri Cartier-Bresson
- Sebastião Salgado
- Andre Kertesz
- Williams Klein
- Elliott Erwitt
- Joel Meyerowitz
- David Alan Harvey
- Vivian Maier
- Jack Delano
- Thomas Leuthard
- Eric Kim
- Alan Schaller
- Vineet Vohra
- Valerie Jardin
- Marie Laigneau
- Andy Shields
What has street photography taught you?
Street photography has taught me to see and approach life differently. To me, more than the technical stuff, it’s a continuous social project mixed up with art. In some instance, taking the camera to the streets is the medium to develop empathy, establish conversation with people and know better the society. When you’re traveling, street photography is a window to see a completely new world because you are paying attention to every detail around you.
Have any good resources up your sleeve that other street photographers might be interested in? (i.e. videos, books, groups)
- Marie Laigneau – Creating Impact: The Fundamentals of Storytelling in Street Photography
- Thomas Leuthard – Collecting Souls: What Street Photography Means to Me
- Michael F. O’Brien & Norman Sibley – The Photographic Eye: Learning to See with a Camera
- Eric Kim – YouTube tutorials and Blog.
- Ibarionex R. Perello – The Candid Frame Podcast and YouTube Channel
- Valerie Jardin – Hit The Streets with Valerie Jardin Podcast
- Street Photography Magazine Podcast