ALEJANDRO LLOP

CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?

AL: I have never known how to define myself since I like several things that I try to mix into one. But “Outdoor, lifestyle and documentary photographer”, can be close.

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

AL: Movies are one of the things that have always inspired me the most in terms of technique, color, photography, etc. Music also inspires me to create something visual to the sound I hear. Other known and unknown photographers. Unknown people who do things that I find interesting. Those are the things that inspire me every day.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?

AL: It depends on the field in which I want to focus. A series of landscapes, a series of portraits or a documentary work. Personally I am always thinking of places where I can do something different or people to be able to photograph. I have many projects in mind. I just need to raise money to carry it out, study it, travel and start taking pictures. I always carry a small notebook in which I have written photo ideas beforehand. Later I try to carry out some of them and others come up by themselves. Now for example I’m planning a trip to a desert in Navarra, Spain and I’m spending a lot of time on google maps and pointing ideas. Once there you will explore and see what comes up.

CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?

AL: I like to think that my photos inspire other people to visit a place, to photograph or that they simply find it pleasant to contemplate. I also like to contribute knowledge of certain environmental or social issues with my documentary works.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?

AL: I try to lead a simple life. That is one of my main ideas that I try to reinforce over time. I work with a very small equipment and I don’t spend much of money on anything other than carrying out projects, buying what I need and living happily.

CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?

AL: I do both. Before doing a project I have a notebook in which I write down ideas that I can then carry out or not. But normally, my favorite photos come up by themselves without having prepared them too much.

CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?

AL: Do what you like without worrying about what people think or what the trend is.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

AL: Yes. Usually our favorite artists are those that when seeing some of their work we automatically know that it is theirs. I think that is the best thing that someone can have and what it is harder to develop.

CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?

AL: Well, you have to earn a living without having a fixed salary and depending not only on you but on the quality of your work. Sometimes it goes well and sometimes not so well.

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

AL: It is a difficult question since there are many reasons. To me, what makes me happiest is to share with people places and stories that give me pleasure and joy. If you also get paid for it, it’s something incredible.

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?

AL: Many of them. Chris Burkard, Alex Strohl, Forrest Mankins, Michael Nichols, Sonnie Trotter, Joseph Haberle, Wes Anderson, Spielberg, Thoreau, Avett Brothers, Renan Ozturk, Kat Irlin … and many more.

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

AL: Whatever the tool is, there will always be a way to create an artistic work. It does not matter if it is a mechanical analog camera or the latest digital model. In Spain there is an 80-year-old woman who has become famous by replacing oil paintings with the “Paint” computer program. It is incredible to see her works. Her instagram is @conchagzaera.

CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?

AL: We all see the world in a different way. And each artist sees it in his own way. I consider myself quite minimalist and it is possible that I see things in a way that another photographer or non-artistic person does not see. That depends on each one but, yes, the artistic people tend to see the world in a more “romantic” way.

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

AL: Definitely. I hate airplanes but I love to travel. My favorite city is San Francisco. Vancouver is very close too.

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

AL: Yes. Since I read Walden by Henry David Thoreau 10 years ago he is my favorite author.

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?

AL: Desert of Navarre in Spain, Switzerland and the United States.

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

AL: It is difficult for me to answer that because I do not feel anything special for wanting to create artistic material in the form of photographs. I simply enjoy doing it and even more, sharing it with people.

CH.89: What’s the last song you listened to?

AL: You are my sunshine

CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?

AL: Natural and a little minimalist.

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