To me, photography is more than just a medium to communicate or to paint an image for the world to see. Photography brings me a different type of pleasure. Once I see the final product of much thought and composition in my photos, I allow myself for that one quick instant to find true gratification and joy.
I have experimented with digital and film photography for about nine years. My style evolving as I keep growing both personally and professionally.... Long story short: I come up with ideas that I find aesthetically pleasing, stories framed into a single moment, and then I turn these images into reality through the use of my cameras.
Recurring themes of mine are solitude and pain. Most of the photography published on my book depict these themes, for they accompany the arch of the poetry in the book. I now prefer separating my photographic footprint into two categories: the photos before 2016 and the photos since 2016, for I have managed to express myself more openly through my art ever since.
It takes patience.
When I was younger I felt a constant insatiable urge to create art, to make beautiful images that could take people's breaths away. I tried too hard and pushed myself too far, which led to me skipping over some very important steps that, as an artists, I could not ignore. And thus I learned to take breaks, as much as they hurt. I taught myself how to create. I learned how to put the camera down, inhale, and slowly learn different techniques in order to get better. A lesson which has helped me along with my personal life as well as with my vocation as a theatre artist and technician.
As an artist, I now find no satisfaction in other's opinions about my photography, but in the final product and its power. I listen, but I do not let my art be contained by others' limitations and perspectives. I now do not stress myself on technicalities that do not affect the final product and its message, not unless it puts in danger my creation. I have learned, slowly, I have grown. I have learned to create for me & for those willing to see, and that is where the true beauty comes to life.
*All photography in this website was taken by Jesús López unless stated otherwise*
(c)opyright Jesús López 2018