3. WHAT MAKES AN EXCELLENT PHOTOGRAPHER?
Having an inimitable ‘eye’, the capacity to reveal scenes that most of photographers miss.
4. WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART ABOUT DECIDING TO BECOME A FULL-TIME PHOTOGRAPHER?
I share photography with my work as researcher in the University of the Basque Country. I have never been in that situation, but I can imagine it is a highly challenging one.
5. WHAT MOTIVATES YOU IN YOUR WORK AND WHAT IS DEMOTIVATING?
A strong motivation for me is those few times when I got an evocative and transcendent photograph, whereas demotivation comes from all those pictures that failed to reflect my inner intentions.
6. WHAT ARE THE MOST PASSIONATE MOMENTS IN YOUR WORK?
The ‚encounters with an exceptional light‘. Sometimes light becomes indescribable, mysterious, unknown, beautiful. These are moments of admiration, in which light invades my heart and fills my soul.
7. WHAT ARE THE MAIN CHALLENGES IN YOUR WORK?
Nature photography can be physically demanding and risky at times, to cope with this is a big challenge for me.
8. HOW DID YOU DEVELOP YOUR ARTISTRY?
I have never been formally trained as a photographer. I have acquired my technical knowledge in a self-taught way. My life experiences and my love for the wilderness have modelled my ‚photographic eye‘.
9. WHAT IS YOUR MAJOR PERSONAL LEARNING IN PHOTOGRAPHY THAT YOU WOULD CONVEY TO A „NOVICE“?
I would try to encourage ’novices‘ to use photography as a form of self-expression, because photographing „from the heart“ is the best way to create images that provoke emotional responses. I would talk about the importance of being themselves and not to think about success and other people’s opinions, because this freedom is the key to being creative and producing innovative pictures.
10. WHICH ARE THE DRIVING FORCES FOR YOU PERSONALLY AND IN YOUR WORK?
Trying to be a better person.
11. WHICH FEELINGS DETERMINE YOUR WORK WHEN OUT IN THE FIELD?
When I am out in the field I can clearly feel my life energy. I am filled with a profound feeling of freedom and connect to a primitive, wild facet of myself.
12. ON WHICH CRITERIA DO YOU JUDGE YOUR OWN WORK AS SUCCESSFUL?
I judge a photograph as successful when it becomes a timeless image for me. In other words, time passes and it still moves me like the first time I saw it.
13. YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC WORK AND THE BEAUTY OF OUR PLANET, NATURE: WHAT CONNECTION DO YOU SEE?
I have been fascinated with nature since I was a child, capturing its beauty is one of my photographic challenges.
14. ASSUMING YOU WOULD HAVE 15 MINUTES ON A TV BROADCAST AND PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD COULD LISTEN AND UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU WERE SAYING, WHAT WOULD BE THE CORE OF YOUR MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE?
Everyone knows that an aircraft can fly without a screw, even without two or three, but would you be able to fly in an airplane if you are warned of the lack of many screws? Since year 1500, 617 vertebrate species are considered extinct (Ceballos et al. 2015. Science Advances). How many more species do we have to lose for humans to be afraid of flying on Planet Earth?