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Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Looking through the eyes of a photographer
This interview was
done by a student who is attending Hauptschule in the level of secondary
education, in Germany. Her art teacher asked her to interview someone that
produced her an artistic emotion and by accidents of fate we crossed our paths.
She and I think that her work is worth as much which is published in this blog,
which gives me a great emotion, especially because she selected all the photos.
Emmaline: As part of
my work to my art class, teacher asked me interviewing someone related to the
art and surfing through the internet I found some of your photographs, and even
if you don’t considerate yourself an artist, your photographs allow me to see
usual scenes, present every day but we
do not look for the rush of every day. How did you start on photography?
Alma: I began very naturally;
my mom and my brother gave me my first camera as a present to my birthday. It
was an old camera, so you should wait several days to reveal the photos, and
discover you took 24 expositions and only one was worth.
Emmaline: How old were
Alma: I don’t remember,
18, or maybe 22 years old. I can’t remember.
Emmaline: Did you
begin taking photographs of nature?
Alma: No, I didn’t. I
liked to take photos of churches and old buildings. I liked history of the mexican art,
so I used to visit churches in Mexico, you have so many churches everywhere in
Mexico City, and some are from the Colony, you can find very near the first
Cathedrals and churches built in Mexico, so you can see the Spanish influence and
all the mysticism.
Emmaline: Did you want
to be a photographer?
Alma: No, actually I
didn’t. Photography is just a hobby, my personal, very personal passion. But it
was not my idea to be a photographer. I still don’t feel like that. I’m glad
people stop for a second to see my pics and write a comment, but I don’t see
myself as a photographer.
Emmaline: How did you change churches by nature?
Alma: I’m not sure; I
began to take photographs of flowers in a very silly way. My mom loved one
orchid plant, but it didn’t bloom very often. One day I told her that I was
going to take pics of the flower, so she could have it every single time she
wanted to enjoy it. Even if it was not the same than the real flower, it was a
way to have an eternal flower.
However, even if it
was a flower, it was not easy to take photographs of it, so I learned that
flowers were a good challenge.
Emmaline: Do you update your camera often? Most of
photographers change and update often.
Alma: I guess that’s the reason I can’t be a
photographer!. I’m a person of habits, it’s very hard to me change things. I
keep my cameras during many years, not only because a good camera is expensive,
but because I learn very slow all details and tricks.
My husband says I need
a new professional camera but I have a small problem with my back and arms so I
can’t carry heavy things and good professional, fancy cameras are heavy. I love
to have my pocket camera around me all the time, because you never know when you
will have an instant. It can happen in a second and you need time to handle
your camera, you must be there in the right second.
Emmaline: Have you
lost opportunities of a good shot?
Alma: All the time!:)
Sometimes because I don’t have my camera around, and it’s a rule number 1 of a
photographer: have your camera with you and ready; sometimes because I don’t
have the right light or angle, sometimes because I’m not fast enough, other
reason is because when I’m ready to shot, someone makes a noise, or the wind
blows… nature doesn’t pose for you. Flowers have a moment when everything is
perfect. A squirrel never see to your camera the same way again… a bird never
flies near to you twice only to give you
the chance of another shot… it’s all about perfect combination of variables.
Emmaline: Are there some rules to take photos?
Alma: Do you mean some ethical rules?
Alma: I have my own rules but I was reading the
other day they are kind of rules related with the law. I never take a flower or
a bird if there is a person in the middle of my photo or I can see clearly a
house. Sometimes I can feel upset because a bird is front me, but I don’t want
to take someone’s house. To me that's number 1.
I don’t take photos of
persons if I don’t ask permission first, even my husband, I ask him first, and
I never upload photographs of persons in public sites. Except
if I took them in public places, like parks or streets. I have an album called sports, and of course you see persons around. Even my own
pics, I avoid to change them in my social media resources.
I was reading that
legally you can take a photographs of anything you can see, but you must be
aware about people around, even in public places, someone can say: hey! Why did
you take me a picture?, It’s ok if people can see you have a camera, but It’s
prohibited take a photo using telephoto from long distance. I guess every
country has particular laws, but to me has sense that kind of laws.
One day I saw a
beautiful tree front a house, but I couldn’t find the angle to have only the
tree, so I decide not to try with that particular tree.
Emmaline: How do you
decide your shots, your photos? Do you have projects?
Alma: It’s about the
place and the season. Sometimes I have specific photos to hunt, for example,
right now I want to take a pic of a monarch butterfly, I took one three years
ago, and I have seen them around. If I go to Mexico I know I’ll find flowers
and butterflies and so much color!, Mexico is a place of colors and contrasts.
If we go to the beach,
I hope to catch a good wave or a seagull. Once I found a snake and I had the
chance to take several pics!. Few days ago I was lucky and I took a good photo
of a hawk.
The squirrels’ project
began because Bubu liked to chase squirrels, and I told her that one days she
was going to have one on the wall. It was hard to get a good one, but once we
got it, we have had some lucky moments with squirrels, they like to see the
camera, sometimes they pose!.
There is a big white
bird that I have tried during three years, my husband, Bubu and Champy helped me to make it fly and I
have been lucky.
I’m proud of a pic I
took from an airplane, 10 000 feet of the most famous volcano in Mexico. The
good thing of photography is there is always another opportunity. Sometimes I
try during years, like hummer birds, and one day you get a good shot.
During spring and summer
of 2010 I followed a geese family, and I loved to see the babies growing, but I
have not had another opportunity of see growing a family again, geese didn’t
stay in the same place this year. So I don’t know if I’ll have another chance.
There are expressions
that you get just once, so it’s a lucky moment.
Emmaline: How do you
know you have a good photograph? When you know it?
Alma: You know and feel that when you click the
camera. I can’t explain it, but I see in my head the picture and then if that
match with my screen I got a good one. Sometimes when you see it on the screen
it’s even better or it’s not so good, there is a small detail, and sometimes is
tiny, and sometimes you can find nice surprises!. I was taking a pic of a
flower and I saw something weird, I thought it was a leave and when I saw the
pic on the screen, it was a butterfly. But, I don’t have any doubt I know when
I have a good moment.
I took photos of a
bird eating a plant, it was great because I could take several shots and he was
calm eating. When I show to my mom she was upset because the bird was eating
one of her favorite plants!. That pic was in a contest and I called: Crime
Emmaline: Does photographers should
participate in contest?
Alma: I have done it
just twice, I don’t like to participate, I needed several years between show my
pics to my mom and my husband, maybe a couple of friends and show them openly. My first contest was in a site in Spain maybe 4 years ago.
My second time was
past year, in another Spanish site. I was not lucky.
Emmaline: Once a photographer has high skills, can a
photographer take any kind of pic? Or is there a kind of specialization?
Alma: Photography can
have different options, even if it looks like you only need to shoot, you need
a special eye for every kind of expression. You can have architecture
photography, and it’s not easy to find the right angle for buildings or bridges
You can see fashion
photos, and the hardest is to make look gorgeous a dress with a wonderful model
wearing it. You must make look wonderful both, and see details like earrings,
or shoes or even hair.
I admire photographers
who can take persons, weddings for example, because you don’t see persons, they
catch emotions, expressions. I love to see wedding photos because you can see a
beautiful dress with a radiant smiles and a handsome nervous man.
You need a
particular talent to see all that in a click.
There are sports
photographers with super amazing heavy cameras that can see a baseball player
sweating and moving every muscle, and even see how the ball is flying, it’s
amazing work and you only have less than one second to appreciate all that.
I love landscapes, my
favorite photographer is Martin Lawrence, he can show you a perfect sunset and
share the peace of the heart.
Of course you can find
photo journalist, they can be in the middle of bullets and take a good pics to
illustrate the war or revolutions, even protests. You see them every day
hunting the right photo. Some good enough that you don’t need words to explain
Science photography is
another super amazing option. They take pictures of the very small, like a
neuron or a particle or take photos of the Universe. Of course their cameras
are very different and sophisticated. Right now in neuroscience there is a
fascination for taking pics of the brain working and developing. Science has open
infinite options for a photographer.
Forensic and police
photographers have a very important work searching evidences, and pics can
You have photographers
for movies, and artists… conceptual pics, babies, flowers, food, or pets.
Piotr Kulczycki is my
number 1 photographer about travels. He can show you places and make you wish
to be there.
There are submarine
photographers… you can be an expertise taking pics in everything you can see
with your own eyes or a special camera.
Emmaline: Is it expensive to be a photographer?
Alma: A real one, professional,
YES!!. It’s very expensive the equipment, mainly all lens and then the
software. It’s a complete industry, if
you want to do it correctly, you will pay the price. That’s the reason some
photographers can earn a lot of money.
Emmaline: Where would you like to see your photos?
Alma: I asked once if
my photos would work for a botanical research. I like when teachers ask my
photos to teach something. One photo of a butterfly was used for a teacher in
Mexico to explain development. That was excited!.
There are geography
areas called phytogeography and zoogeography that maybe could use some. It’s
nice just share them with my friends but eventually maybe I’ll find other way
to use them. So far, I use them to illustrate my own writings.
Emmaline: Where can we learn photography?
Alma: You can learn at
College where you learn art, photography schools, or sometimes professional photographers
offer classes. But the main tip I can give you is take a picture at least every
day, practice will make you learn, and going to a good school.
Emmaline: Thank YOU
very much for you time!
Alma: Thank YOU for
your interest and thank YOU because you decide what photos could be good with
your interview. I have a very hard time when someone asks me to choose few
pics. I’m sure you did a great work!
if you would like to know more about my writing you can visit my web site: http://www.almadzib.com. Para la versión en español, da click en la parte superior derecha