To celebrate World Photography Day and visual artists from all over the world, Depositphotos, a content marketplace with over 210 million images, music, and videos, is introducing a new project called “The Photographer’s Way”. Over the next 4 weeks we will present 2 portfolios a week from their selection, today : Morfi Jiménez.
The project explores what it takes to become a photographer. What stereotypes do artists face during their journeys? How do they cope with personal issues through photography? What helped them expand their boundaries and follow their passion?
“The Depositphotos creative community consists of over 100,000 talented people; we know first-hand that becoming a photographer is not as easy as it seems. Some face the stereotype that being a photographer is not a serious job. Others simply have no support from their families and friends, and they fall short due to other people’s expectations. Many run into obstacles and fall, but a lot more find strength to follow their dreams, no matter how challenging it is” – says Tati Timoshenko, creative director of Depositphotos.
This project aims to shed light on photographers and the unique stories they have about becoming visual artists. It highlights their journeys and explores how they translate their life experiences through photography. In this thematic project, Depositphotos shares eight stories from photographers around the world, as well as a series of personal works that the artists find defining in their careers.
The heroes of the project are photographers of different ages and backgrounds living in the USA, France, Peru, Ukraine, Mongolia, Israel, Russia and Turkey.
Morfi Jiménez, a Peruvian fine artist who faced criticism towards his work, told us how the experience helped him win the Hasselblad Award.
Kate Kondratieva, a Ukrainian portrait photographer who has been featured by Reuters and other world-leading media, shared a story about leaving university to pursue her dream.
Eldar Khamitov, a street photographer from the US who contributed to The Atlantic and other popular magazines, told us how photography helps him cope with anxious breakdowns.
Andrey Gudkov, an award-winning wildlife photographer from Russia who was honored by National Geographic and the Royal Photographic Society, shared the falls he faced before landing a victory in his career. He is also a notable Depositphotos contributor.
Masis Usenmez, an award-winning Turkish street photographer living in France, shared how he turned his feeling of loneliness into his strength.
Katalin Szaraz, a Paris-based photographer who was featured in The Washington Post and other media, explained how having difficulties with her rootless lifestyle helped her create powerful artworks.
Dina Alfasi, an award-winning mobile photographer from Israel who has worked with Apple, shared how she gets critiqued by people who don’t consider mobile shots real photography.
Bat-Orgil Battulga, a Mongolian photographer that has publications in Forbes Mongolia, National Geographic, and two UNESCO “Diversity of Cultural Expression and Freedom of Art” prizes, left his job to seek freedom in nature and work on personal artistic projects.
These stories are meant to inspire creatives to pursue their photography dreams, no matter how many obstacles they have to overcome.
A Peruvian fine artist who captures daily life, and the relationship between human behavior and the environment.
Photography is like riding a bike. In the beginning, you’re worried about technique, but once you master it, you can ride no-handed and roll a cigarette at the same time.
At the beginning of my career, I was interested in travel photography, and my intention was to take images that looked like postcards. I was not conscious of what I wanted to say through my works yet. I tried to create the perfect image with a clear blue sky and bright yellow sun.
I felt like I was turning into a good photographer, so I decided to show my work to the professional that I respected the most—a good friend of mine—Francisco. He looked at my pictures and said: “Your photos are fine, they’re colorful and bright, but I think they’re crap”.
This was devastating to hear! Afterwards, I started to process his words and realized that Francisco had his reasons. He made me question what kind of photographer I want to become, and challenged me to think out of the box.
It took me two years to create a worthy project. That year, my grandma passed away. She was like a second mother to me, which made the loss very painful. I decided to pay respect to my grandma with a new project, because my first photographs were taken with her. My idea was to recreate pictures I took when she was alive, but with a different technique in mind.
The first person I showed these works to was Francisco, and he was happy with my images. With the confidence I gained after speaking to him and other photographers, I applied to the Hasselblad Masters competition in 2008.
My work won first prize! I was surprised because Hasselblad was something unreachable for me at that time. I did not expect that a small, intimate project would make me known around the world. It was indescribable.
Now, almost 20 years have passed, and I look at photography in a different way. It’s like riding a bike. In the beginning, you’re worried about technique, but once you master it, you can ride no-handed and roll a cigarette at the same time. The same goes for photography.
Initially, you are concerned about lighting and shadows, but later you start to think more about the psychological aspect of photography. What’s really important is the character in front of you.
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