Photographer of the week: Gus
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The artworks of Gus are contemplative and invitations to meditate. His images depict subjects like they are fading away in the viewer's imagination. They are inspired by the ideas he carries in his mind and he always gives them a dreamlike quality. He captures the essence of the transient nature of life.
Thanks to this interview, we can have a better glimpse on Gus' poetic soul and charming personality.
Briefly tell us about yourself, your hobbies and other jobs, dear Gus.
My real name is not Gus but Gustavo, but I’ve been named like this since I was a child so I always introduce myself that way. I live in the Balearic Islands from 2003, in a small village called Puigpunyent, located in the heart of the Tramuntana mountain range of Majorca. I share my days with my wife, my two years old daughter and my two dogs, and I work in the same Spanish company for several years.
Concerning to my hobbies, I obviously love photography and edition but, I also love reading, watching moovies (specially classic cinema), listening to a lot of different kind of music (from classics as Bach, Mozart or Brahms to Metallica or AC/DC, always depending on my state of mind) and, if I have some free time, I like to go walking although I can’t doing it as much as I would love to because of some healthy problems. All these activities are important for me but not as much as spending time with my family, the most important part of my life. I think that’s a good draw of myself in few lines.
“The fled tree”
“Looking fog in the rain”
Nowadays, in this digital age we live, there are thousand of wonderful edition programs which give us the opportunity of creating beautiful and unique works. Now we have the chance of seeing a picture behind the eyes of the artist and that’s something great. So, why should we accept one basic view? Why not exploring and showing what we have in our minds?
I don’t want to be misunderstood, I love seeing those beautiful landscapes, portraits or macros that some brilliant photographers are able to create. I also take these kind of photos but not with enough quality to be exhibited so, I keep them for myself and I focus my time in getting pictures of my own vision of reality. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I don’t, but that’s what keeps me trying on.
“Spring and rainy day”
I hate those moments after waken up when I try to remember what I’ve been dreaming of, but I can only remember some small pieces of the story.
Nowadays I’m doing some more urban photos and, for this type of images I try to select spots to get the picture I’m looking for. I’ve selected some nice ones and I’ll start editing them soon. “Afternoon rain” belongs to these new collection, I saw it making a review and I couldn’t help start with the edition. The rest will be done bit by bit.
“Change of the world”
What software do you use to process your images?
"The farmer and old olive tree"
Not a long time ago a my tutorial on “Alone ship” was published and that’s a good line to follow what I commonly do. To read it click here.
“Way of freedom”
There’s something I use to do very often: when I finish edition, I don’t close the file and I leave, go for a walk or, sometimes I don’t look at it again for days (I completely forget it) and then, when I sit down in front of the screen I look at it with the perspective of time, I look at it from the outside and then, I decide if it makes me feel what I was looking for, if it needs some improvements or if I can throw it away because it doesn’t transmit any meaning for me.
What is your most important advice to a beginner in creatively edited photography and how do you get started?
It’s important not to be focused on just one style but trying the most as possible: landscapes, portraits, social, … and then start working on them until you get the desired result.
Sharing opinions and doubts with other photographers is also very good. It helps me a lot to be in contact with 3 or 4 photographers and speak about our workpieces, sharing impressions about them… sometimes this contact becomes a friendship and that’s nice. Instead of thinking you are reaching the top with your work, it’s important to keep on learning and be conscious that there are always thousand of things to be improved and if you keep on studying and learning you won’t ever get stuck.
Carla DLM is a reference for me. The way she works is amazing, she has introduced a lot of new creative techniques as distortion and divergence lines in her wonderful multiexposure… some others have tried to follow her steps but, honestly, they are very far from her results. Her creativity is huge.
In landscapes, there are many good ones I really like but, I would choose Martin Zalba, not only because of his amazing workpieces but for his way of working (I know him well). He searches highest quality at any shot and puts the 100% of himself in every picture he work on. He is also a good researcher about infrared photos. Under my opinion he is one of the best nowadays landscape photographers.
But, if I finally have to choose one, taking into account the whole body of work (analogue and digital) that person would be Sol Marrades. Her career is huge. I’ve been lucky to see some of her analogue multiples exposures work and they are incredible. In digital photography we only have to click and we are not able to reach her perfectionism. The plasticity in her works is amazing, those “thrilling” B&W full of contrasts giving as a result an awesome creative and innovative workpieces… it’s understandable that her photos are exposed all around, and it was a very nice surprise for me finding her on 1x. There’s no picture of Sol that can be ignored.
Is there any specific photo taken by another photographer that has inspired you a lot and why?
Are there any specific directions that you would like to take your photography in the future or any specific goals that you wish to achieve?
It is also because I took this photo following George Digalakis’ advice and taking into account what I read in his blog when I was researching information about long exposition photography.
Is there anything else you wish to add and what do you think about 1X as a home base for your work?
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