Still photographer in films, Photojournalism
I began my photography journey when I was about 15 years old, but I took it seriously when I started college at 19. In those years I barely knew what my style was or even what I wanted to do with it. Years passed and as I kept studying, I developed a sense of what I wanted to do and how I wanted my photos to look. That’s when everything started to happen; I had my first group exposition in Long Island, NY and after that another one in Brooklyn. I’ve always lived in Mexico City, but somehow people were interested in my work over there.
2016 came and I had my first group exposition at Mexico City at Foto Museo 4 Caminos. That same year I had the opportunity to work in my first short film as a still photographer. After that, I did 3 more short films until I had the chance to work at a big production, Rosario Tijeras 3. Now I just want to keep on working and learning more each day so I can put it all in my work and be better with each different production I work in.
From the very beginning of my career, I’ve been in contact with photojournalism and documentary photography. In an attempt of combining both, I’ve found a realistic and raw aesthetic that I try to capture and express always.
As a photographer, I have a huge fixation with color palettes and the way they play and interact with my subject.
When I’m working I want to find those vivid fractions of feelings and colors to combine them and create one beautiful photography. A perfect frozen frame.
Photo tip: For me, to underexpose at least 1 or 2 steps is the best, the more information you get in your highlights the more volume and texture you’ll get in your photos. Normally, to go down a full step gains you more information to work with while you’re developing your photos in Lightroom, my chosen program. Also, there’s always a chance to recover more information from your shadows while still having great highlights.
Don’t be afraid to go darker, the textures, shadows, and colors are unbelievably rewarding.
I Almost Lost My Camera to a Rock Thrown at a Riot
Back in 2013, I attended my first ever march. I wasn’t sure what will await me that day, but I took my camera, my boots and went down to Tlatelolco, near Mexico City’s downtown. Everything went smoothly and somewhat pacific as the march went on, I was very happy with some of the photos I’ve taken and I was hoping it’d end soon, cause my feet were a little tired and I was hungry.As soon as the marching people passed El Palacio de Bellas Artes, the anarchists and the riot police started fighting each other, all sorts of things were flying, I did my best to keep shooting photos while protecting myself from the flying objects, tear gas and policemen.
As I was all dressed in black and I have tattoos they thought I was with the anarchists, even tho that that day I flew solo. Anyways, I was doing great the riot was almost over and the people were regathering in Reforma, so I went there and as I was taking a photo someone threw a big chunky rock, it was aimed at the policemen, but unfortunately, I was in the middle of that… The rock hit my ribs so hard it made me bend down, at that moment my camera was in my right hand, the same side the rock had hit me, but fortunately it didn’t even touch the camera, just me. The guy who threw it just screamed at me Sorry! it’s wasn’t meant for you, to what I replayed all breath away, it’s ok.
When I got home the bruise was starting to form, but as I was reviewing the photos I took I saw what came seconds before the rock had hit me. That photo has been displayed in a huge format back in 2016, and every time I see it I remember that rock, how close it came to my hand and my camera, but instead it hit me in the ribs, nothing got broken that day, only a great photo was born.So, never be afraid of being too close to the action, your photos will say thank you later on.
Favorite Gear: Here’s a photo of some of my favorite gear, Sony and Nikon cameras, lots of lens choices, Yerba Mate Rosamonte tea, and of course there’s always a BlackRapid strap.