Could you please introduce yourself to us? Where are you from, how long have you been a photographer, what made you begin photography?
I was born in and I live in Madrid. When I was a child, I started playing, testing the camera from my parents, but it was not until a few years ago when I decided to study photography, and then devote myself to it full time, which by the way, is quite complicated in these times.
You have a discernible style, conceptual portraits seem to be your expertize. How do you come up with the ideas for your photographs? What inspires you?
My inspiration comes often from everyday things. Usually it has to be something that generates an emotion in me, which can be negative or positive. Thus, I try to express my feelings towards certain issues that concern me, upset or happy, as a social critic. Another strong source inspiration for me is any kind of art, like music, cinema, painting or literature. Sometimes, version works or lame pieces of these arts and together to create my own. Also, I usually create much from the dreams, which I believe essential for any creative.
Could you select one of your own favorite photographs and tell us about where the idea came for it, and what the "behind the scenes" process was to take it?
One of my favorite (although it is very difficult to choose one, since all are like my daughters) is "Take me to church."
The idea of taking a picture to talk about the church regarding homosexuality, and more specifically, men, carried in my head a long time in the making. At that time, I was in a 52-week project, in which he proposed a weekly theme and a picture on it was done. Soon, she played the theme "man" and I wanted my picture ready for the moment, but the ideal location was not presented. It had to happen to go on a trip; I saw the pictures of the housing, and seeing that room knew I had to make it there. As funny thing, we took the sticks to form the giant cross from Madrid. Those who posed for her, were my partner and a friend, who volunteered to lend all my ideas. I think I have rarely been so pleased with a photo on sight on my camera, it was a moment of maximum creation. He had managed to capture exactly what I had in my head, and that is usually far more complicated.
Conceptual photographs often end up being of taboo subjects. Do you think there is a limit to what we should do? A line we should not cross? Or should we let ourselves be limitless in what we create, no matter how controversial it might be?
I firmly believe that we should not put limits on ourselves when creating. I like to create controversy with some of my pictures because for that is what they are designed; to express my feeling and my protest about the taboo towards certain social issues and to measure public reaction that still does not accept that certain things are displayed as natural. It has a dual function.
If a beginner photographer came to you, and asked you for advice on how to come up with good concepts for a photograph and how to execute it in a unique and creative way, what would you tell them? What is your best advice for upcoming photographers?
The creative process is unique and complex for each artist, so I could not give a "magical method" to put everything in order in his head. I think just tell them to do the first photographs that will come to mind, even to consider absurd ideas. Also, tell everyone to see much art, of all kinds. We must form a visual culture, in order to meet our inner artist and give means to express ourselves.