Jorge Barreda is a 23 year old fine art photographer who is currently living near the Mexico City area. His studies are based in Melbourne, Australia, and Mexico. With photography he has found a new way to share dreams and fantasy who has kept inside his imagination for a long time. Freedom is what inspires him the most.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I was born and raised in Mexico City. My studies are based in that same city and Melbourne, Australia. I studied Communications and Digital Media at Tecnológico de Monterrey and Victoria University.
With photography I have found a new way to share dreams and fantasy I have kept inside my imagination for a long time. Freedom is what inspires me the most.
How did you get interested in photography?
When I was a kid, I used to play with my father’s camera. A few years later, I bought my first equipment and started to play with it. Now the hobby became my passion and my daily work.
Have any artist/photographer inspired your art?
Annie Leibovitz, Remedios Varo and Brooke Shaden are my biggest inspirations.
Could you please tell us anything about your technique and creating process?
My photos have two different process. First, I take the photo, regularly, at beautiful landscapes or nature places with a model on it. After that, I use the Expansion technique in order to have more depth of field. Secondly, I use photoshop to change light, colors and to add elements I could not include at location. This is also known as Compositing.
Describe your ideal photographic situation
What a great question! To get lost in a cloudy day at a beautiful landscape or forest with a big lake. That’s perfect!
How much preparation do you put into taking a photography?
First, I need to prepare the idea, What story am I going to tell. Second, What props, colors, wardrobe and model am I going to need. The third step is to go to a location and shoot it. And the last part is the edition, which it usually takes around 2 days.
What quick advice do you have for someone who wants to improve his or her photography skills?
Practice, practice and more practice! And it’s okay to have references, but try to be original, think what is the new element you are going to propose.
From time to time many photographers find themselves in a creative rut or uninspired to shoot. Does this ever happen to you and if so how do you overcome these phases?
It happens all the time ! My photos are about personal moments, every time I get lost, I try to look back in my life to find new inspiration. Also, I try to think what are the things I like: stories, songs, characters, etc. For example, I am starting a new series inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s movies.
What future plans do you have? What projects would you like to accomplish?
I am planning a magnificent trip to shoot at a very beautiful location! Also, I want to improve my skills in fashion photography and lastly, I want to accomplish two projects I have, the one about Hayao Miyazaki’s movies and The Big Eye Project, a series inspired by a character I wrote a few years ago.