Jesús M. Chamizo


2020 ARCHITECTURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Q: Tell us a little about your background!
I was a creative child and passionate about arts, especially painting. Suddenly, I discovered at 16 that in photography, you could also create – then a romance began that still lasts.

Q: When was the moment when he realized that he wanted to pursue photography professionally?
From the beginning I sensed that expressing myself through Photography would also be my way of life.

Q: Who or what do you turn to when you have trouble getting inspired?
I believe that all the things and situations that surround us, no matter how everyday they seem, are the greatest source of inspiration.
In any case, I very much agree with the phrase that Picasso said: “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working”

Q: What would you say is the most difficult thing about your profession?
Perhaps, since Photography is a medium within everyone’s reach, it is sometimes difficult to know how to value the professional and artistic nature of the rest in its proper measure.

Q: Architecture photography is your main profile. How did you come to this particular genre?
I have always admired architecture, the way in which a building also tells its history, as it can also be an artistic medium in which to express the personality of a city, of a country.

Q: How did you come up with the idea for your winning work, “From The Stage”?
On the one hand, my intention to praise the world of theater, especially in these times and on the other, the sensation of a stage looking at the empty theater, which made it something overwhelming and beautiful at the same time. The chosen theaters are small, but with great personality, so that the seats are very close and you can sense the warmth of the audience, even if it is not present.

Q: What was the most memorable building that you immortalized with your photography and why?
There have been many, so I’ll stick with the next one I shoot.

Q: Why did you want to push this particular series of photos into the API?
This particular Contest has a lot of prestige, I have already participated in other years, and I have won some prizes, but it was a challenge for me to get the first prize.

Q: What does winning this competition mean to you?
It has been exciting, receiving the gold medal and the award for the best architectural photographer in this International competition has been an honor.

Q: Do you also take photos of other genres?
Yes, I am passionate about and I also do landscape photography and throughout my career I have taken photographs in many disciplines: Industrial, interior, still lifes, automobiles, etc … However, it is in Architecture where I have turned in recent years , and it is where I enjoy the most.

Q: If you could do anything or go anywhere, what would your dream photography project be?
There isn’t one in particular, I love traveling, getting to know new cities, people and spaces and learning from it. Nor is it necessary to go to the other side of the world, the important thing is to enjoy and take advantage of it wherever you go.

Q: What’s next for you? Are you working on something right now?
I am working on several projects now, and I have some pending, (awaiting confirmation, in Qatar and NYC.)
I love to tell the architecture that I observe in my own way. But I am also passionate about interpreting and transforming that architecture, telling other things.
These two routes are what make up my current line of work.

Q: What would be your top tip for first-time photographers?
That they enjoy passionately doing what they like, and that they do not stop trying, you have to persevere and be willing to learn, every day.