Many people wrote to me asking how I had achieved the self portrait I published in the morning. I share how I did it. 1.- I directed two lights in the background to make sure that the white be completely white. 2.- I turned off the back lights to focus on my main light and create the shadows I wanted on me. 3.- Once I achieved the effect of shadows that I wanted, I made the shot with the three lights, achieving a totally white background, and the shadows on my face. 1/125 f6.3 ISO 200
When I started the Charros & Escaramuzas project, I was not even aware. It started overnight. A project I had been planning for eight years, and in which I wanted to show not only a portrait, but the pride and passion of women and men who share the love of traditions such as charrería. So I started, contacting people through my social networks to know which way I should follow. People immediately began to send messages of references or people who practice the sport of charrería began to invite me to their cities. Even the road is long, but I […]
Arriving with the Otomi people was a more difficult task than I had thought. I left the city of Monterrey on December 30, my plan was to advance as much as I could to the State of Hidalgo to find a good place to camp and spend the new year. The cold and the rain were constant all the way. he had no more reference to the Otomís but they live in towns located along the mountain between Puebla and Hidalgo. The first town I came to was Tenango de Doria, which I thought would be Otomí. Unfortunately it was […]
It was a week before the Purépecha New Year celebration that I learned of its existence, which dates back to pre-Hispanic times. I could not miss the opportunity to live this experience up close, so I prepared my photographic equipment, made a small suitcase and made my way to the State of Michoacán. It was a very tired trip, leaving the city of Austin are more than 18 hours away, camping on the side of the road to get the next day a walk of more than 80 kms. The walk is part of the celebration of the new year, […]
It was the third time he had visited the town of San Andrés Cohamiata. It is a long journey to get there, ten hours by road plus two hours by dirt roads and stones. It definitely was not like the first time. The roads stopped being safe, drug trafficking has taken over many areas in the Jalisco sierra and danger is always present. Holy Week is a very solemn celebration for the Wixarika people, despite the influence of Catholicism in their culture, its celebration takes place without the presence of any priest or Catholic authority, it is a mixture of […]
It was the first time I traveled to Sonora, I had heard so many stories, so many news of how dangerous it is to travel to the North of Mexico, a region controlled by the big drug cartels. But going through that region is the only way to reach the native peoples of the North, some towns that I had a long time to want to know. Getting to Navojoa, is having to make the trip in two days, it is very tedious to do it often, so I camped in front of the sea, in a place called El […]
Into the Lacandona Jungle. A lot of people asked me in the last hours why I always carry heavy photo equipment with me, even if I need to walk trough rivers, mountains or jungles. The answer is simple, because I prefer to carry an extra pounds to lose the best portrait of my life.
The day I decided to create Native Nation it’s the day that I also decided that I had to start at the Tarahumara mountain; with the Raramuris. It doesn’t matter if you have been born in and out of Mexico; the Tarahumara mountain connects you to others. It enfolds you; it revitalizes you; awakens your conscience. This is the beginning of a long way that will lead me to get to know the steps of those who came before me.
Sometimes you need to cross mountains and lakes, walk day and night. There are times that you spend all of your energy for one portrait. But at the end of the day everything’s worth it. Like that day at Pacanda’s Island.
Whenever I work commercially, I encounter my biggest challenge; client’s satisfaction. In order to do so, I have to consider every single detail to guarantee that. In this case, I was working for a sporting goods store. Three different locations, two different days, six different talents. My formula consists on visualizing, planning, producing and executing.
Months and years passed. I came back to where it all began. It was time to recreate what i had in my mind. I had to make sure that nothing could go wrong. I felt sick in my stomach because I knew what I needed to do and there was only one shot. I had one opportunity to shoot. So, I did.
Paul Eason was one of my first clients in the US. At that time I was looking to create an “American portfolio”. I contacted local artist trough Myspace. That worked ok for me in that time, I made my American portfolio and since then the portrait of Paul is part of him. That was the story of Paul Eason…until now. Mid June I received an email from Paul, what a surprise!. After more than five years, it´s very nice when people who you´ve worked in the past contact you again, that means my work was good for them.
My first time at Copper Canyon was very different from this time. I knew this trip would be exhausting. After driving more than 36 hours I finally arrived to Arareko Lake, my home for the next days. The first night was very very cold, the weather channel showed rain and low temperatures for the next hours. That meant only one thing, snow. It was my second time that I entered the Sierra Tarahumara, the weather conditions were very different from my first time, the rain, the wind and the freezing nights were worse than I had thought, but for me […]
I love my liberty. I love what I do. When my clients give me the freedom to propose and create there is nothing better. That happened with Texas Gathering Company, an oil gathering company, who assigned me to create a photo series to show their experience and professionalism of the company.
When Italian brand Rudy Project assigned me to create a series of photos to show the new line of helmets and sun glasses, I immediately visualized a desert landscape. The landscape would be perfect to enhance the color and shape of the products. Like may times before, the weather didn’t help at all. Gray sky it’s not the ideal scenario for sunglasses. However, that day my luck changed. The sky was clear and the sun was bright.
The first time I saw the “Feather Dancers”, it was a cultural shock. The street Macedonio Alcalá was my witness. Downtown Oaxaca, when La Calenda was beside me; we met. Two years passed when I came back to look for them, I didn’t know where to look or how, I just knew I had to.
Working with fun and passionate people results very enjoyable in every single shoot. Lucky for me, having clients like Peregrino; a local cycling and triathlete wardrobe company, committed with the high quality of their products. That production was intense; three different locations out of town which meant traveling with models, clients, bikes, wardrobe and photo equipment. A very tiring day but it was extremely awesome.
Being an observer and a lead character is different. You notice this difference while you give the true value to things. When I started the series “The Shepherds”, I never imagined that I was getting involved with the characters of my stories
We left the town at a good pace, our horses were rested, the wind blew more in open space, I saw in the face and hands which I could not protect because in one I had the rein and in the other my camera, there was nothing left to endure the intense cold. The road lasted for almost three hours, surrounded several hills to find a place that Carlos knew, – To that place tourists do not go because they are far away, only the Huichols when it is time for offerings they can get there, and like none Of […]