My photography path…

I was never a ‘photographer’ before I left Uruguay.  All I ever shot with was a point and shoot little Canon camera, mostly when I traveled.  The typical vacations snapshots.  Then while living abroad I picked up a photography tutorial book and only put it back down once I had read it from cover to cover.  Who reads a photography book before having a camera?  That’s me…  The day after finishing it I purchased my first SLR camera.  It was a film Nikon N75.  It did not last long.  Having to wait to see the images made the learning and experimenting process way to long for me.  After all I was living and working in the middle of the technology world, where speed is everything.  Photography being my first creative endeavor (after a brief unsuccessful rendezvous with music – guitar to be more specific) I needed a smoother transition path.  So ‘digital photography’ became my path of choice into the ‘creative world’.  At first I focused mostly on the technical stuff, the camera gear, mastering color management and polishing my workflow – that’s where I felt most comfortable.  Unusual to say the least.  I barely knew how to photograph, but I already had a version 2.0 of how to import, backup, keyword and categorize my few loose images.  And only after eight years of committed dedication I’ve been able to transition into the creative, more conceptual aspect of this world.  I feel I going against the flow in a sense.  My first camera was a Digital camera, and until a few months ago I had never shot a roll of film.  The digital Leica M was ‘the bridge’, still digital, yet a graceful transition into the craft of a slower and more thoughtful photography.  These days I’m in search of my first film M camera, an M6 TTL.  I shot every now and then with a medium format Rollei that I inherited and Hasselblad that I borrow.  I’m now more open to use the camera as a tool and to prioritize the concept over the gear.  I feel I’m learning and growing everyday as a photographer.  It’s a wonderful path.  I’m curious and open to the many blessings ahead…

Photograph: I love Uruguay.  Shot with an iPhone and processed in Snapseed.  By: Martin Herrera Soler

As I review this before posting, I have to wonder how I got here.  This was going to be called ‘I love Montevideo’, and was inspired by this quick grab I got on my iPhone a few days back.  But in any case I do,  I love shooting here.  In the few years I’ve been back in Uruguay, I have grown a lot as a photographer.  I am visually hooked with this country, and it has been a vehicle to connect with the culture and the place beyond anything I ever did before.  So we’ll see what the future brings photography wise…  m.