I’d like to thanks Javier for taking the time to do this interview and share his thoughts with the RAW readers. He was another great find on 500px, English is not his first language however it provides an interesting insight into his work.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I come from Salobrena. It is a village in Andalucia. I have a little hotel. I am 41 years old. I am married and I have two children, a boy and a girl. To relax and in my spare time, I take photos.
What inspired you to get started in photography?
I was inspired at first by the beautiful place where I live, by the landscape, the sea and mountain views, by the typical Andalucian houses in my village. Then I became interested in people. I wanted more than the face of a person. I wanted to represent the soul of a person.
What gear do you take to each shoot and what lens can you not live without?
I take a Nikon 85 mm 1.4 For me. It’s the best. The background is spectacular.
How do you market yourself and has social media been an important part?
I have my web-site (www.jaymafotografia.com) and other web pages for fashion in Spain, and Flickr, Facebook and 500px.
What’s your favourite photo that you’ve taken and does it have any significance?
This is one of my favourite photos. I felt that I had captured an instant of “alma” (soul).
Select a photo you have taken, explain how it was taken and how did you edit it?
I use PS and capture NX. This photo use plugin of Color Efex Pro, Cross processing.
What processing tool do you use and do you believe in the camera doing all the work or in post ?
The camera doesn’t do all the work. I think its 80% good photographer
Whats your favourite photography accessory other than your camera?
My favourite accessory is the lens.
Where do you prefer to post your photos online and why there?
In my website www.jaymafotografia.com and 500px.
Do you ever get photographers block and if so what do you do to get inspired again?
Yes, I do get photographers block. I just reflect until my inspiration returns.
Is there anything you wish you had done when you first started in photography that would of made a difference?
Any advice for new photographers wanting to go pro?
Keep on looking. Keep on taking photos. You need persistence and to try, try, try again.
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