RESiN: How old were you when you realized you had a a passion for photography?
AB: I always liked photography. I’m 38 and remember taking photographs as early as a when I was 8 or 9 years old, with an old Russian camera, a Smena Symbol my parents gave to me as a gift. Also with an old Pentax that belonged to my father.
RESiN: Do you make a living as a photographer?
AB: I wish I did!! But I don’t. I work in an American travel technology company based here in Uruguay. Who knows what will happen in the future. However doing this as a hobby has the advantage of doing it just for passion, and not as a routine where you need to take pictures to make a living. The main disadvantage is that I don’t have the enough time I’d like to do photo shoots. Sometimes it is difficult to arrange a moment with the models to do the shootings.
RESiN: What is your equipment list?
AB: I own a Sony A37 with Sony 18 – 55 mm and Tamron 70 – 300 mm lenses. I use the Tamron just for landscapes. I also have a Nikon D5300 with a 18 – 55 mm lens (which I rarely use), a Nikkor 35 mm f/1.8G lens (this is the one I use the most at the sessions) and a Nikkor 55 – 200 mm which, as the Tamron, I just use for landscape photography. My Iphone XS Max is also an excellent choice for landscapes and also for shooting head-shot portraits.
RESiN: How did you get into photographing Women and did you start with nudes and implied or was there a transition somewhere?
AB: I always liked nude art and boudoir photography since very young. I found it a subtle, elegant and artistic way of depicting female beauty, which I consider the most amazing miracle of nature. This is in contrast with vulgar pornography (there can be tasteful and respectful pornography, but it is difficult to find). I was very inspired during the 90s and early 2000 with works such as the Pirelli Calendars, photographers such as Herb Ritts, Patrick Demarchelier, Helmut Newton, models like Kate Moss, Adriana Lima… there would be dozens to mention, both photographers and models. So I first took a few pictures of my wife. Then I was lucky to have a couple of friends who accepted to pose. I am really grateful to them as it was difficult to start. After having those pictures, I was able to build a small gallery and that slowly allowed me to get more models. To be honest, if I look at them nowadays, I don’t like most of the pictures of these first photo shoots, but they were the first ones, I was inexperienced, and they allowed me to start so I cherish them even if I don’t like them too much.
RESiN: What do you photograph when you are shooting for you or just for fun?
AB: Apart from portraits, I also shoot landscapes and city/urbanscapes, specially when I have the chance to travel. I also like to take picture of my pets.
RESiN: What kind of photography schooling have you had?
AB: I’m quite self taught, and also learned by speaking with other photographers and models, and by years of watching works of other photographers. I also made several sessions with a model that also happens to be a photographer and I was able to receive very useful tips from her.
RESiN: Do you need to be inspired to shoot?
AB: Yes, but I get easily inspired, specially if you have a good model. The first few minutes are the hardest, after that everything flows naturally between the model and me.
RESiN: Where do you see your photographer self in 5 years?
AB: I’d like to be able to answer that. Maybe with more followers and a little more of repercussion of my work. Honestly don’t know.
RESiN: Do you have any advice for young photographers who like create with their camera or would like to do it professionally?
AB: Follow your passion, and start the younger as possible, while you still can live with your parents, as making a living out of photography is not easy. Persevere from the beginning and try to learn as much as possible from others. Also watch, watch and watch others work.
RESiN: Do you have any advice for young photographers who would like to work with female models as you do.
AB: Be respectful, never have second intentions. If you look to a models body it should be only to think about ideas and composition, and better only when you are looking her through the lens, keep talking to her normally and KEEP LOOKING TO HER EYES WHILE YOU SPEAK TO THEM at the moment the girl takes off her clothes. When trying to get a model, don’t insist if a girl refuses to pose. During a session, never insist if an idea or a position you suggest to the model is refused by her, the photographer proposes and the model decides. At first, mostly if you don’t have friends willing to pose for you (in most of the cases you won’t) you may need to pay for a couple of professional models in order to start a gallery, to show your serious intentions, to show what you can and want to do. That will open the path to start getting models. Also watch a lot of other’s work, do this a lot. Also talk to to the models about which type of pictures can be published and where (it is not the same degree of exposition to publish a picture in Instagram than in Flickr, for example). You may want to do some anonymous pictures where only parts of her body are photographed and not her identity, in case she has privacy concerns. Try to talk about this before doing the pictures (you may want to take the pictures even if she will not allow you to show them at the beginning of your career path, as it is useful to practice, but after a few sessions you may not be interested in doing the session if you won’t be allowed to publish them).
RESiN: If you were not doing photography what would you be doing?
AB: I’m also a musician and play the Scottish bagpipe. I would be putting more time into it, and also into reading.
RESiN: Is there a photograph that you have been wanting to shoot but haven’t had a chance to do so yet?
AB: Yes, I’d like to gather about 10 of my models and do a massive photo shoot, they have already agreed, I just need time to organize and get them all together, and find a proper place for that.
RESiN: Anything you would like to promote?
AB: Yes, I’d like to promote that please everyone tries to highlight their work outside Instagram. I don’t mean not to use it, I also do use it, it is useful for networking, personally reaching photographers and specially potential models in your area if you use the proper hashtags. But try to highlight your work in other places, such as online magazines as this, or real photography social networks like Flickr, 500px, Behance, etc. Instagram is doing a lot of damage to photography as I understand, with the excuse of doing photography more massive and democratic/reachable to everyone, it is trying to put all the people within their standards, with its awful grid format, its censorship policies, their inconsistent criteria to censor. You may have a nude photograph without a problem, but then they may censor the next picture, which has no nudity at all, just because some stupid resentful person decided to denounce it, therefore with no warranties and no clear rules for the photographer. I suffered this myself, and other models and photographers too.
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