The focus of Christophe Boisvieux’s photography lies in the bond between man and spirituality.   As a veteran photographer and author of travel books, his images have been published in prestigious newspapers and magazines internationally, images which take us on a gentle mystical tour around the world, paying silent respect to the beliefs, the people, the culture and the environments they reveal. He has mastered “writing with light”, as he describes photography, going back and forth between the earthly and the spiritual, the human and the divine… You can see more of Christophe’s work at www.christopheboisvieux.com.

Q: Choose 3 words that describe you.

A: Willing, dedicated, enthusiastic.

Q: How did you learn to be a photographer?

A: Since my early childhood I was always fascinated by the ever changing metamorphosis of light. Photography is nothing else after all than "writing with light"! That is how I became a photographer, I think. I learned photography on my own by making mistakes and watching closely the work of renowned photographers I admired.

Q: Any special artistic influences?

A: Henri Cartier Bresson, Robert Doisneau, Roland & Sabrina Michaud, Steve Mac Curry, James Nachtwey

Q: What is your favorite time of day to make photos?

A: Early morning and evening

Q: What equipment do you carry when you’re packing light?

A: 1 Nikon D700, 1 Nikon D300, 1 zoom 28-70 mm, 1 zoom 70-200 mm, 1 20 mm

Q: What’s the image that you are still hoping to make?

A: A faithful portrait of my wife!

Q: Why did you choose age fotostock to represent your photography?

A: It just happenend to be among the best on the market!

Q: What is the best or worst photographic advice that you have ever received?

A: The best: To roam and turn around a subject until you have the feeling you have worked it out. The advice was given to me by my friend Roland Michaud.

Q: What is the greatest challenge for photographers today?

A: Making a living in deregulated world gone mad!

Q: If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?

A: A musician for sure!


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Our next featured 10 x 10 age fotostock photographer manages to open doors to some of the most inaccessible places for his photo productions. Javier Larrea regularly shoots photos of both models and also “real people” within hospitals, laboratories, research & investigation centers, specialized clinics and important industry/manufacturing centers. Watch science, technology and more being discovered in his photos and read on to learn how he does it. You can see more of Larrea’s work at www.jlarrea.com or at his age fotostock Profile

Q: Choose 3 words that describe you.

A: Obsessive, persistent, hard-working.

Q: Was becoming a photographer an easy decision to make?

A: It was an easy decision, although it was slow to mature. I was afraid that the passion might die out and become just another job.

Q: What’s your favorite lens and why?

A: I've always liked having a lot of lenses and it’s one of the most important elements for creating variety in your work, especially for stock photography. The one I like the best is the Canon 85mm, F/1.2, ideal for portraits.

Q: How do you plan/prepare for a photo production?

A: I've always been obsessed with good organization. You must know the location well, observe its light, then study the images you would like to make and consider a good order and timing. And most importantly, get it all down on paper! But all of this without ideas is worthless, of course.

Q: What is the most interesting place you have photographed?

A: There are many interesting places, and I think the diversity of this work is what makes it really interesting. Some places amaze you with their magnificent light and others with their content. If I had to choose one place in particular, the white room* of a laboratory for research on stem cells made a strong impression on me.

* White room - a room that is virtually free of dust or bacteria; used in laboratory work and in assembly or repair of precision equipment.

Q: How do you get access to photograph inside places like laboratories, hospitals and industrial sites?

A: It is a combination of contacts, experience and of course, persistence. And keep in mind; it’s unlikely that anyone will open the doors of these places to you unless you are offering them something of value.

Q: Why did you choose age fotostock to represent your photography?

A: There are several reasons; first, because they listened to me, then they taught me, and finally they supported me and enabled me to achieve my dream of living from photography. Throughout these 22 years of collaboration, the people at age fotostock have demonstrated their ability and skill in this market. In hard times, they have been able to adapt to new scenarios, resize the business, maintain a standard of reliability and remain committed to the photographers.

I also would like to take a moment to address my fellow photographers and share my disagreement with the methods and prices of microstock. I think that all of us, when starting in this world of photography, needed some recognition for our work, even if only unpaid publications. But if we want to keep producing, paying off our computers and eating every day, I don’t think microstock is the right way.

Q: Do you promote yourself through social networks? (facebook, twitter, blog, etc)? Is it helpful?

A: A website is good for showing your work and for showing examples when applying for permits, access, etc. I think social networks are quite attractive for distributors, but I myself am interested in producing images, not promoting them.

Q: What is the best or worst photographic advice that you have ever received?

A: The best: "The important thing is the idea, not the hardware.”

Q: If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?

A: I've always enjoyed the world of advertising, but I spent 40 years dreaming of becoming a professional photographer, and now that I've made it, I can not think of doing anything else.


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When you look at the imagery of our next featured age fotostock photographer, you might wonder whether Lluis Real inhabits the same world as you and me. His is a world of misty, desolate landscapes, strange and eerie human forms and continual artistic exploration.  Enjoy the 10 x 10 of this long-time age fotostock photographer, and see if you can answer the question, "What is real and what is Real?"

Q: Choose 3 words that describe you.

A: Will, perseverance, patience.

Q: How did you learn to be a photographer?

A: At a photography school.

Q: Any special artistic influences?

A: I nourish myself upon what I like the most.

Q: What’s your favourite lens and why?

A: All of them. Each one according to the idea to do.

Q: What is your favorite time of day to make photos?

A: Not really, photography is light and I look for the right kind for every occasion.

Q: What song or kind of music would go well with your photos?

A: Jazz.

Q: What’s the image that you are still hoping to make?

A: All and none.

Q: Why did you choose age fotostock to represent your photography?

A: I knew several photographers that were in AGE at the time.

Q: What is the best or worst photographic advice that you have ever received?

A: The best: never turn in a photo that you do not like.

Q: If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?

A: A cook.


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Welcome to the wild, wonderful world of Juan Carlos Muñoz. The images of this long-time age fotostock photographer show passion for, but also extensive knowledge of the animals, plants and natural environments of our planet. It is a potent combination which results in photography that is an authentic treasure; a treasure because it allows us to observe and appreciate species and places that we might never see in person and which will only exist for future generations if we can learn to conserve them.

You can see more of Muñoz´s work here or on his website which the photographer advises is currently under renovation.

Q: What 3 words best describe you?

A: Naturalness, Simplicity, Passion.

Q: Why did you become a wildlife photographer?

A: Ever since I was a child I liked nature so much that in college I majored in Biology, specializing in the environment.

Q: What is the animal or plant that you most like to photograph?

A: My group of “favorites” is very large, yet I am passionate about owls, penguins and meadow pastures.

Q: What is your favorite lens? Why?

A: A staple in my travel kit is the 24-105 mm lens because of its great versatility. In wildlife photography, I can’t do without my 500 mm lens.

Q: Are you more technical or intuitive in your photography?

A: Intuition is an essential element in all my images.

Q: What’s the image that you are still hoping to make?

A: Flowing rivers of lava.

Q: How do you finance your photographic trips around the world?

A: With the publication of my images in newspapers, magazines, and other parts of the editorial and advertising sectors.

Q: Why did you choose age fotostock to represent your photography?

A: I decided to work with age fotostock because I found age to be the most focused and far reaching agency in the Spanish market. Also, my images fit in well with the wide range of photographic subjects which age represents.

Q: What equipment do you recommend?

A: Incredible photographs are not necessarily created with expensive equipment, but in sublime moments. Any of digital SLRs that abound on the market today can allow you to capture remarkable images.

Q: If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?

A: I’d be a field biologist.


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Our next featured age fotostock photographer, Enrique Algarra, is involved in photography at different levels.  As a professor, he is directly involved in the formation of the young, aspiring photographers of tomorrow.  As a photographer, his images show a curious, playful, unconstrained and at times almost obsessive vision of the world.  Algarra comments that he started taking photos at the age of 7. You can still feel the spirit of that 7 year old in his images that spy on strangely human mannequins, the moving legs of blurred passersby’s, and the odd places that can be found just around the corner…if you’re looking.  You can see more of his images here at age fotostock or in either of these personal blogs, www.enriquealgarra.blogspot.com or www.paquetesdefotos.blogspot.com.

 

Q: What 3 words best describe you?

A: I think Enrique, Algarra, and Photographer.

Q: What artistic influences are in your work?

A: I'm interested in film and photography and they give me ideas, according to my mood. Life is full of things and places to find inspiration.

Q: What is your favorite lens? Why?

A: In the seventies, I was a fan of the 20 mm because I really liked Pete Turner. Now I still enjoy the wide angles, but I’m just as likely to grab a fisheye as the 600 mm, it all depends on the day and my mood.

Q: What’s the Image that you are still hoping to make?

A: I’m not a photojournalist and I’m not trying to become a legend, so I have nothing planned. I’d just like to make at least one photo a day that makes me feel good.

Q: Why did you choose age fotostock to represent your photography?

A: I chose age fotostock for the proximity, and by that I don’t just mean that Valencia is close to Barcelona. I like to put faces on the names of the people who are on the other side of my computer screen working with me.  Age fotostock has always treated me very well, and I appreciate that.

Q: Based on your experience as a photography professor, what future changes await us in photography?

A: The changes have already come, and are here to stay. Professionally, the world has been digital for some time now, but even as files and cameras improve, the most important thing is to improve how we think, our ideas.  Photography schools must rethink their focus and develop different educational content.

Q: Are your current students the same as your students from the past or do you see changes?

A: The students are not at all the same.  They grew up in the digital world, and some things that have been very difficult for older photographers to learn are completely natural for them.

Q: In your opinion, what is the best way to learn photography?

A: At this point, I think you can learn digital technology quickly; it’s a much simpler process than classic photography, which is an advantage. However, everything that isn’t technique is as difficult to learn as before.  It’s a matter of bringing your own vision to the world through your images, digital or not, and developing a mature vision is not easy. You must try to understand the things around you in order to photograph them. Photography schools should not only teach color profiles and how to master the needed software, they must also prepare future photographers to be able to express their ideas to the world with their images.

Q: What is the best photographic advice that you have ever received?

A: My first teacher once told me that photography is like a puppy, if you take care of it, it will never abandon you. I took his advice, I don’t have a dog, but I've been taking pictures since I was seven, and the truth is that photography has been a good companion.  That’s in part thanks to you guys.

Q: If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?

A: I would like to be anything that would free me from depending on the latest software, firmware or operating system and all those things that sometimes make you feel like a slave. I think if I became a writer I would happily use just a pencil and paper and I would be a little more free. But that must await for a different incarnation ...

Bonus Question:  I've heard your students talk about the so-called "Algarratype." Can you explain what that is?

A: In the past, when a student took a photo that was too “inspired” in my photos, the other students would tell him that he had made an "Algarratype.” But luckily, that doesn’t happen anymore, now I am copying them (ha ha).


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