Kike Calvo Fotografía

sábado, 29 de diciembre de 2012

Five minutes with Adriana Teresa

By Kike Calvo

My dreams is... to dedicate my days to voluntary service assisting the elderly, educating the younger generations, creating jobs for the generations in between, and working with the Government on ways to stimulate cultural affairs and policy through the arts. I work every day of my life so that I can reach this goal.

The biggest lesson in my career is... that success is not a destination; it is a journey.

One of the biggest lessons in my life is... patience.

The moment I will never forget is... the night I crossed the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time with Graham at midnight. Every time I think about this moment, my heart is filled with love and hope—and it is a reminder that I am a child of the universe and I need to trust life.

Photography is … not dead.

Why? As long as there is a camera and an individual interested in using it as a medium to communicate—photography is not dead. All the grey zones is just part of the journey.

So who is... Adriana ?
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Adriana suggests me to talk to: Graham Letorney, photographer and curator of NPR´s column 100 Words on Photography; photographers Jeff Jacobson, Charles Harbutt or Donna Ferrato.

The 10 Big Rules of Photography. Or so I think …

(Translation by Sari Levy)
Original article in Spanish

These days, while I was recording my video “Rain,” I suffered a heavy fall in the jungle. I had slipped on a bridge “slightly” slippery as a consequence of / due to the rain and the moss. The fall, combined / in conjunction with long periods of contemplation, orthopedic collar included, and various sedatives / relaxants, I set to think about/over a compendium of rules, that all those who wish to follow/pursue a career in the difficult world of photography ought to remember:

1. “You will photograph. If you leave…” My grandfather Enrique would always allude to the phrase “You will live. If you leave…” I think that this phrase is realized in the current environment of photography. This can be understood in two ways: First: As photographers, in addition to being artists, we must also obtain permits or simply pass by unnoticed.  Second: The profession is more and more complex, and sadly there are many who will stay on the road / fall by the wayside.

2. “Nobody is perfect except the CAPTAIN”: The recent creation of a blog dedicated to / in the memory of my father, made me remember, after reading a note from my brother Nano, in which / that he used again and again.  In photography, as in life, nobody is perfect. We are all searching for / seeking a dream or using photography as a means of artistic expression, or maybe only as a hobby using our IPhone and programs such as / like Instagram, but be that as is may / either way / regardless, we need to help each other. (As) The future of our beloved profession is intimately linked to the respect of the work of others.

3. “The Wheel of Life”: The Cubans speak of “cachumbabé.” The salsa singer Gilberto SantaRosa, since we discovered this rule long ago, in the lyrics of one of his songs, “Everything that rises must fall.” Closely linked / tied to rule number 2. We must support / rely on each other. It is clear that we must make our own way, and try to be the best, but the brave thing does not remove the polite thing. That we are forward in the way of / on the path to the profession, we must look back offering our hand, when possible. Those who initiate the way / path / road, must look ahead / forward, with respect that the careers of others deserve, regardless of style, technique (skill), or social platform.

4. “Never look a gift horse in the mouth”: This rule I have written thinking about the new and future generations of photographers. Youth gives us hope and energy. Do no waste it. Photography, in a certain way, seen/viewed from a commercial / business perspective, would be very similar to playing Monopoly.  The way / form in which you move your chips/cards/sheets at the start of the game, it is quite/very possible, (al)though not always, to determine what comes next. Think with your head, and photograph with your heart. As the Chinese proverb says when you drink water, remember the source.

5. ”The world is a dangerous place,” said Albert Einstein. “Not because of the people who are evil; but because of the people who don't do anything about it.” Every day I am sure of it. Many of those interviewed for my project The Photographic Chain confirm this. The secret is to work hard.  Many have the talent, but only a few from all the rest that which is necessary to be a successful photographer and to go so far as to produce concrete proposals and ideas.

6. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent,” as Eleanor Roosevelt once said. This phrase is key for those who for reasons of life, will have to begin or continue his or her photographic career outside of his or her immediate environment. Many people live (through) it. Fortunately or unfortunately, I left my “land” at the age of 24, in what was the pursuit of a dream. If I had to start, it would begin anew, step by step. If you find yourself in those first steps, remember, always forward. To look back / move backwards nor / even to take a run-up. Already / even in his day Benjamin Britten told us that learning is like rowing against the current: as soon as you leave, back. Education will be our greatest ally.

7. “A smile is worth (more than) a thousand words”: the question is repeated over and over again / recurs repeatedly in/during my photography workshops. How do I get to photograph people? With a smile. In the words of the Dalai Lama, “I think of a smile as something unique to being human. A smile is also a powerful means of communication. A perfect expression of human love and compassion.” Photography of people is more linked / tied to the connection with people, than to photographic technique. If you give, you will receive.

8. “The fair price”: If we do not appreciate our work, nobody will do it for us. If they contact us for a job we say: “surrender the free pictures, with me they will leave you with many orders / assignments / jobs / missions.” Before that you must respond: “I am confident that many orders will go out. This is why, we will do nine jobs to my price, and when job number ten arrives, I will make it free to you.” And on / about the business of photography, perhaps dare I say, that the best way to make money with photography, is selling our house. However / nevertheless, after many years in this profession and dozens of countries tours, I think / believe it is one of the most incredible professions that exist.

9.”We are our memory, we are that fantastic museum of inconstant forms, that (this) pile/heap of broken mirrors,” said Jorge Luis Borges. Photographers like journalists / such as photojournalists, in addition to documenting first communions, doing press releases or presenting finery (galas), we are part of the peoples’ / villages’ collective memory. We help to capture it, and on some occasions, some of them become / turn into “central” elements of the cultural life of their cities or regions of origin. Therefore I ask that we be the artists who remember the other artists. But it is in this way / form, it is very possible that our work remains in a corner of oblivion. For example, my father. One of the greatest journalists which my region has given forth, they called him “The Voice of Aragon.” And more than 18 years later, they have / had to be his sons / children, who tired of waiting for a street that was promised to them someday, created a blog to perpetuate his memory and to educate the new generations on who was Enrique Calvo. Because as Camilio José Cela said, “Death calls, one by one, all men and all women, without forgetting / not to mention only one single G-d, what / that fatal memory, and those that for the time being we are freeing / releasing / getting rid of, jumping from hole to hole like a butterfly or gazelle, we never came to believe that he would be with us, someday / one day, his cruel plan.”

10. “Never stop dreaming” – Kike Calvo

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FOTOENLACE 2013: International Center of Photography llega a América Latina

FOTOGRAFOS al mundo llega a Colombia con el objetivo de traer oportunidades y beneficios a los fotógrafos de Latinoamérica. Siendo consientes de las necesidades que hay en este campo se creo FOTOENLACE, un festival de fotografía que llega en su primera versión a Colombia, con el propósito de brindar a sus participantes la oportunidad de ampliar sus conocimientos y su visión acerca del manejo del negocio de la fotografía.

El festival contará con la presencia de 4 reconocidos fotógrafos internacionales, una editora y una consultora del negocio de la fotografía, enriqueciendo a sus participantes con 6 clases magistrales, diseñadas especialmente para darles las herramientas necesarias en el manejo de su negocio. Complementando el festival, llega el “International Center of Photography” desde Nueva York con 6 talleres en simultánea, dirigidos por un selecto grupo de profesores de esta prestigiosa institución.

Finalmente y cerrando el evento se tendrán 6 cuartos experimentales con clientes, una oportunidad única para que los fotógrafos puedan aplicar todo su aprendizaje, mientras muestran su trabajo a clientes reales y potenciales.
Esta será una semana que estará llena de aprendizaje, experiencias y oportunidades en la que los participantes serán transportados por 6 días a un espacio lleno de magia, donde la fotografía toma su lugar y disfrutando de una parte de la escena fotográfica de Nueva York en Colombia.

Fotógrafos al mundo cuenta con su propia línea de productos, especialmente pensados para fotógrafos, incluyendo chalecos con el branding así como el servicio de tartas con formas de cámaras por encargo, de momento, únicamente disponible en Colombia. 

Diferentes medios comienzan a sacar notas sobre el evento. Para más información o detalles, no dudeis en contactarme o directamente con