Jorge Pimenta: Photographer of the week
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How has your history and life experiences affected your photography?
When I was thirteen, I bought my first camera, a compact Hanimex. We’ve had so much fun together!
Describe your overall photographic vision.
That 's how I came to realize that Architecture and Abstract pictures were the categories that fascinated me the most. Anyway, I’m always open to new possibilities and to new experiences in photography if the moment is right and the final result pleases me.
* For me, photography is a very personal way of perceiving the world. If our world often is colourful, I may want to express my personal view in black & white.
* If I suppress colours while processing, I may enhance shapes and light which reveal much more than what the colours are hiding.
* According to the Portuguese writer José Luís Peixoto, photography is the only thing that doesn´t grow old. There is something timeless and eternal about black & white photography, as if one captured moment could remain untouched by time.
Why are you so drawn by Abstract and Architecture Photography?
In almost all of my works, I try to incorporate the human element in a dialogue both with himself and with all that surrounds him. For me, this is, even in architecture, a way of understanding the relationship between space and those who created that space. This is consequently a way of relating architecture and photography. This kind of obsession leads me to explore more conceptual and abstract areas of photography.
Do you prepare carefully the locations where you are intending to photograph?
As I said before, I have an inner tendency to revisit the places I have photographed before on different moments of the day (light) and with different approaches (changing lenses and POV, for example). Different results may correspond more to the idea I had in mind.
What gear do you use?
What software do you use to process your images?
Can you tell us something more about your work flow?
One of them is “A tangente de um instante” and I choose it because it is one of the first pictures I’ve ever taken with a full frame camera and a great quality lens (Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8) that has since then been essential for my work.
The second one is “O Anjo perdeu a Voz”. It’s a Conceptual work composed in a particularly difficult time of my life (the loss of my father) and to a certain extent it represented my state of mind at the time. I hold it very special even today.
The last one, “O movimento indecifrável da ausência”, is probably my best composition. It’s even been selected for an international exhibition at Sommerset House, in London, 2017.
Regarding the learning dimension, we all agree that 1X is a high quality photography site that allows us to access great works. We all know that observing the work of excellent photographers is the best to improve our own work.
Who are your favourite photographers?
There are so many excellent and inspiring photographers, too many to mention all of them.
What is your advice to a beginner in Abstract/ Architecture Photography?
But the very first outcome of photography should be personal satisfaction, so try to please yourself till the result makes you happy with what you've accomplished and only then you should take other people’s opinions into account.
People often say that “you cannot make omelettes without eggs”. That’s why the better your equipment is and the better you know how to use it, the closer you will be to make good pictures. Invest in a good camera and, most of all, in good lenses. I could not imagine my work, today, without a good ultra-wide angle, for instance.
Finally, you must always keep in mind that many of your works may generate frustration, Embrace this circumstances and use them to improve yourself. Learning from your mistakes is as valid as learning from your success. Above all, never give up!
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