Interview with Jorge Maia, photographer.
Iconic Photos By Jorge Maia photographer:
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Lets start with talking about you….
Born in Lisbon, got fascinated by photography at an early age, later on took a photography course and it has been my love ever since. Love to travel and experience new location, not only landscape but also cities, persons, etc. Also like music, TV series, movies and books (more technical than romances), love being at home with my wife and our three cats. Don’t like to spend much time in the computer, but it’s useful and needed. And of course love photography.
- Where is home for you?
- Where and how did you first found out you are into photography?
Since little age I was always fascinated with the camera, but the real love for photography come when i bought my first SLR machine.
- How did you develop an interest in photography?
I started watching the work of great masters like Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier Bresson and others, and my fascination for photography just keeped on rising.
- What equipment do you prefer to use? How much does it matter?
I think that there is no “right” equipment, it realy depends on what you’ll do with the images. I use a Canon 5D Mark II, but only because I do large prints and need good resolution, sensor size and portable equipment. But you can do great work with almost anything.
- Why do you take photos?
Because I love the ability to put feelings captured in the world of experiences and immortalize them on an image.
JORGE MAIA and Landscape photography
- What is in landscapes that fascinates you as the main thing you take photos from?
Landscape photography its not just about the image itself, it about the experience, the smells, the beautiful colors, the mood, the temperature, the air and it is the sum of all that I try to convey in each image.
- Do your landscapes have stories? Because we can sit and watch it for an hour feel the time passing by…
Every image have a story behind, the process of discovering a good spot, the travel to this location, the waiting for the best hour, the shooting process and the joy of seeing the image ready.
- Many photographers go in to details and zoom in the reality, but what you do is like sitting back and watching the world as a whole from a nice view. Can you tell us more about how you feel about taking breathtaking landscape photos like you do it.
I think the most important thing is to also enjoy the scenerio, you should absorb the experience in order to transmit it in the image. When i’m shooting it’s like i’m in a different world, my world.
The project I love the most…
The primary concept of this project was to combine astronomy with seascape photography in a way that could transmit us into a world of dreams, an image that took you somewhere else, a magic seascape at night. It was really thrilling the making of Night Dreams, I had never done anything like this so I had to get some knowledge concerning the motion of the Stars, moon phaces, exposure limits, post production. It was spectacular to gather all this knowledge and materialize it into images
For more photos from Dreamy nights : Dreamy Nights
- Did you go to school to study photography? Do you see and importance in photography education?
Yes I did, I had a two years course at ar.coand another year course at Etic, For me it was really important, it opened my eyes, refine my photography and especially i’ve gain a self criticism that latter on I acknowledge the importance. Study photography nowadays isn’t as important as when I started, but it can give you solid guide lines on what you want with photography. Also most important in having a course is to get a truly good one.
- How long have you been a photographer?
Since 2003, after I ended my photography course.
- What or who got you started in photography? If there is a person or inspiration.
There is no particular person that made me start. The cameras my parents had and the possibility to use them inspired and fascinated me into this photography journey and became my way of life.
- Have you seen a change of style or path or interest in your works through time?
A change no, a enlargement of horizons yes. Landscapes have accompanied me through the years, it was my first love. But I always like to try new things, new challenges, new experiences.
- How would you describe your style?
That I don’t know, I like to shoot diferent themes and new tecniques, we always have to challenge ourselfs and I just can’t follow just one style.
- How much Is photography a hobby or work?
At this moment is work, good work!
- Biggest inspirations in your works outside photography.
Movies, series, books, music and life.
- Photographers who inspire you?
Ansel Adams for the overwhelming and inspirational work in landscapes, Robert Capa for is art and daring photos in Photojornalism, Henri Cartier Bresson for is marvelous images of human life, Man Ray for the courage and imagination of his conceptual work.
- Any website or blog you often visit about photography.
Most of the time I search for reviews on equipment, apart from that I usually visit multiple sites, so I don’t have any that I really follow.
- Do you market your photography and if yes how?
That is the question. It’s always hard to evaluate our one work, there is no simple formula to do it, but keep in mine all the expenses you have on doing your work and had a bit of profit to live on.
- Is there anybody or anything you would love to photograph and you still have not?
There is so many places on my visit list, that I don’t know where to start. But on June i’ll be on a location I’ve been wanted to go, Provence.
- What advice do you have for somebody who wants to pursue photography?
Be patience, educate yourself, follow your dreams and above all enjoy what you’re doing.
- I there something you’re still learning in photography?
I believe that we’re always learning, so yes i’m still learning every day.
- What photographic ambitions you are still seeking to achieve?
I think the biggest one is to live of Photography.
- What would you like to be doing in 5 years from now?
I would love to be shooting!
- How much do you care for digital editing after you get the shot, cropping, colors and…?
I’m not much into digital editing, I belive that most of the work must be done on the shooting process, but there are some photos that need adjustments, the ones I don’t pass without it are contrast, levels, color balance and sharpening, but it will always depend on the image and what I want to transmit.
- What is the recent artwork you have seen lately that really moved you?
There is so many good work out there, that is hard to select any.
- What is a recent project you have been working on and what inspired you?
I have a new project of night photography, i’m still in the concept part and i’ll be starting testing in the summer. What inspired me was my previous work that I talked here “Night Dreams”, I enjoyed so much the all process and the outcome of the experience, that I had to do a new approach, but maintaining the night enviroment.
- Do you do art for art? at least some times? If yes Why?
Regardless of everything I shoot whatever catches my eye.
- Do you see any line in Photography that separates it from the heavily edited photos by computer (photography + CG arts) or you see it as an evolved photography of today? In another word, is there any boundary for an artwork to be categorized as photography?
That is a good question, I think there should be some boundary between photography and heavily edited photos, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t art, but a new kind of art.
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