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Published in Docu Book Vol 4.
Best of Documentary & Street Photography
ISSN: 2814-9033
Digital publication (ebook)
 

Interview & Photographs: 

John Velasquez

Tell about yourself a little bit… How did you become a photographer?

My photographic journey began with point-and-shoot film cameras and moved to the same but in digital when that came around. But it wasn’t until a photographer mentioned the phrase “creative control” to me that got me thinking. I bought a DSLR and immersed myself in books, videos, articles, etc. I learned the technical stuff and, through a lot of practice and over time, I started to “see” differently. My curiosity and need to create grew as well, and now, like for many artists, it’s something I just have to do. You could call it a passion or an obsession I suppose, but it’s really just the same basic need of all humans – the need to express themselves, to create something, to draw on a cave wall and say, “I was here. This is what I saw. And my life had meaning.”

What has been the biggest lesson you have learned as a photographer?

To slow down and enjoy the process, and don’t put…