In today’s article I wanted to bring you an interview that I have done to a street photographer named Ricard Torres.
Ricard is a photographer who lives in the city of Barcelona and since 2007, through his blog www.quicoto.com, has been sharing his travels through South Korea, Japan, United States and several countries in Europe.
I met Ricard thanks to his blog and I have been following his articles, photographs and trips around the world. I contacted him a few days ago to chat and we talked a little about his evolution, how and when he started and how he understands the photography he does.
Hi Ricard, when and how did you start in photography? Was there a moment or situation you experienced that made it clear that you wanted to start and learn photography?
I was mostly influenced by my dad. Even though he did not pursue a career in photography there were always cameras laying around at home. Analog film cameras, that is.
I decided to study photography in a professional way, at the IEFC in Barcelona. Before finishing the first year I decided to drop it. Shooting for pleasure is not the same as having to shoot for work, with constraints and forced to do it in a certain way. By that time I had already done a couple of professional jobs (a wedding and a family report).
It was perhaps at that moment when my style changed to street photography. From there I have visited the United States, South Korea, Japan, China, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Hungary … On all these travels, I have always carried camera with me.
Do you remember what your first camera was?
The first camera I bought was a Nikon D40 in 2008. I wanted to take good pictures of my travels for my website Quicoto Blog.
I soon upgraded to the Nikon D90 right after my first trip to Japan (2009). Two years later just at the beginning of my trip to the United States, specifically to New York, by end of 2011 I bought the Fuji X100. The best purchase I have ever made. Almost 10 years shooting with this camera and it still works perfectly. Which says a lot about their first x-series generation.
Inevitably with smartphones and their amazing cameras, I’m not using my Fuji X100 as much. Not because I don’t want to, but because the best camera is the one you have with you.
What process do you follow when taking your pictures? What message do you want to convey in your street photography?
By the way you ask me it seems like I’m very methodical or artistic. Nothing such thing. I always try to show a human aspect in my photographs. It’s not easy. While I have most kind of styles (still life, architecture, portrait, documentary…) street photography with that human element is what I like most.
For instance, while framing a street where I like street lamps, buildings or a car I try to wait for that human element to walk into my frame.
In street photography you can not always just wait for it, the decisive moment might be fast and spontaneous. You have to be ready and quick to capture that moment.
What has photography brought to your life? What motivates you to continue taking photos?
It’s just fun. It has helped me to share my trips with friends and family that otherwise I might’ve not been able to. I know people who travel and don’t take any pictures. I can’t do that.
In my case, I also see it as a personal diary. I like being able to say “Where did I go when visited the city of Beijing?” I can simply search my archives and find those streets. It makes me smile to revisit those sites I’ve visited, it brings good memories.
What photographers or books have influenced you the most in your photography?
I guess this is where I must mention one of those great street photographers, such as the classic Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Yes, these great authors are always a good influence. Although if I’m honest, I don’t spend much time looking at their photographs.
Perhaps a phrase that has influenced me the most has been that of Robert Capa, it’s something like this: “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” Transmitting the idea that in documentary or street photography it is no good to shoot with a 200 or 300mm lens. You have to be close, perhaps with a wider angle lens (35 or 50mm). Life looks different at 35mm, your photographs will look different.
Thank you very much Ricard for the interview. I hope you continue to enjoy photography and I will be following you for sure your evolution as a photographer and through your travels around the world.
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