Richard Avedon once said, “The pictures have a reality for me that the people do no’t. It is through the photographs that I know them”. To some an extent, this quote helps me explain what photography represents in my life. The city where I am from in Venezuela is a small one where photography is all about the cliché of the beautyiful picture of someone smiling faces or vibrantnice colorful landscapes; so as I have groewn older and I began to traveling the world, I have come to realize how thereal artistic photography I have seen inat museums, or expositions has filled an emptiness that I had not realizeddidn’t know I had in me. Therefore I cannot say I always wanted to be a photographer, but I am certain can say that as I reach adulthood, a curiosity about for capturing g maybe not the most beautiful but the most captivating images that are perhaps more captivating than beautiful has taken holdwas born within me.
Around the year 2005, I began working with photography, without any training, mostly to satisfy my need needs for selfto- expression my self. I began photographing friends and relatives as in an experiment that resulted in me realizing that through my lenst I was able to craft truths and emotions unseen by the human naked eye. Calling my work art would perhaps be a bit a self-proclamationimprudent and a declaration that I am’m not yet ready to make. However,but I do feel the images I capture tell stories that sometimes are non’t expressed by through mere human interaction alone.
Since then, my work has developed in many forms as well as it has grown progressed in ways I still find surprising. I have to say I a’m lucky to have worked with many people that have helped me to express my own concepts and realize my ideas, my own needs and my own ideas. Photography itself went from being a simple curiosity to a necessity in my life.
At this stage, I feel that it is necessary for me to receive formal training so that I can further develop my technique and take my photography to the next level. After doing extensive research on photography schools and having heard great things about the photography program, I am certain that the New York Film Academy is the right place for me. I am confident that the curriculum of the program is exactly what I need to flourish as a photographer.