Portfolio review: interview with… Jose Manuel Gallego

Photos by Jose Manuel Gallego

Jose Manuel Gallego is now 17 years old. Lives in Mar del Plata, a city by the sea in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is studying at Julian Rodriguez photography workshop and about to start graphic design at the University of Buenos Aires. Was featured in Carpaccio Magazine Issue #10: “The impossible is possible, tonight” and had his first group exhibit, “We are still Young”, in Baltar Contemporanéo.

When did you start to think about photography?
I Think It all started with my girlfriend Daiana. Before we started dating we used to go to the beach right after school and just hang out there. Then we started taking pictures and after some time we couldn’t go out without a camera. I think that that’s what kept us toghether all this time.

What does photography mean to you? and which kind of photography do you like more?
Whenever I try to explain what photography means to me I get confused. I think that I use it to capture all my memories so that I can remember all those amazing everyday things. I also think that through photography you get a chance to look through other peoples eyes by looking at their pictures. I do like film more than digital photos but not always, it depends on the person behind the camera. I’m more into spontaneous shoots, I mean, photos with barely no preparation, but fashion photography can be exiting too.

When you take a portrait, what is important for you?
Trust. I’ve noticed that I feel uncomfortable when I take photos to people I don’t know.

Do you think it’s important to follow a school to learn how to shoot?
Yes, I studied photography at a photography workshop and it really helped me with my technique, and my teacher has always been very supporting. Self teaching it’s very important too and looking at other photographers can be usefull.

What’s the photo you want to take and you never did?
I don’t really have a photo in mind but lately I’ve been thinking of doing stuff more dangerous.

What’s your photo-mission?
Maybe start thinking about photography as something more serious, have my first real shoot, and perhaps one day become a professional photographer.

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