Interview with… Angeles Peña

Photos by Angeles Peña

Angeles Peña is a 25-year-old photographer living between Bariloche and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Where do you live and work now?
Right now I’m back in to my hometown, Bariloche, Argentina. This place is a great inspiration for my work.

When did you start to think about photography?
I have always loved photography. I turned more serious about it when I finished high school and I got interested in graphic design and photography.

Where your inspiration comes from?
Most of my inspiration comes from the images of the everyday life and what surrounds me. Ordinary moments often unnoticed by us. Pictorial landscapes, the changing of the seasons, the power and strength of nature. The way everything changes, and became into another shape. I like to capture something that humans would usually forget or wouldn’t see with their normal eye.

What does it mean for you streetphotography?
It’s a reflection of society, each decade its unique, you can see the reflection of this by looking to the subjects and what surrounds them, where they live, what they do, the adds, the way they dress, etc. I think that Robert Frank’s work was very inspiring in the area. Many photographers had made great stamp by showing these things in different periods.

When you take a portrait, what is important for you?
The lightening and the scene is very important, but the hardest and more important thing for me is to make them feel comfortable, so you capture the person as it its, real, honest and natural.

Do you think it’s important to follow a school to learn how to shoot?
I attended to a photography school for 3 years, and I made several courses on different subjects. Everyone can shoot; attending to a school is always helpful to get the most out of it. What I found very interesting was to learn how everything started, get to know the work of pioneers and the masters of photography. Learn black and white lab techniques. Right now my work is very far away of what I was taught to do, I think it was a very rich experience where you learn a lot from the people that surrounds you.

What’s the photo you want to take and you never did?
I find many of them every day. Lately I had been seeing a lot because I wasn’t taking many pictures. Its nice to walk around without a camera sometimes, I was used to have a camera always in my pocket.

What’s your photo-mission?
I am interested in capturing honest and unique moments.

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