“With photography I found a tool to tell stories that cause surprising situations. It’s like having a new power in a video game.”
Ricardo Cases (born in 1971 in Orihuela, Spain) is a conceptual photographer. He once described himself as a nervous person who lacks memory and concentration, so he finds the camera to be the perfect tool for him. Ricardo Cases is a very observant person. In his work he concentrates on taking pictures of what’s surrounding him: “The camera can give you clues as to who you are and what you like. Photography is the most democratic and accessible form of expression there is.”
His photographic work focuses on the yearnings of the human being – the deep and universal. Longing oft he citizen oft he mass society, fighting against banality in an effort to transcend, confronting his own dignity with a medium always untrustworthy.
Interview with Ricardo Cases
Ricardo, what was your first camera and photographic experience?
A Japanese silver. My first experience with it I can’t remember.
Why did you become a photographer?
For fun, because with photography I found a tool to tell stories that cause surprising situations. It’s like having a new power in a video game.
What does photography mean to you?
It’s the only way to feel useful – even though I’m still not very sure about that…
Which photographer has inspired you most?
How would you describe your photographic style and creative process?
Once an idea has come up, I take pictures until I have such a number of photos which then gives me the solution to my work and project I had in mind.
What’s important in order to develop an own photographic style and how did you achieve it?
This is like the nervous tic you’ll notice in someone as you go along and time passes by. Everyone does it their own way.
What qualities does a good photographer need?
A bad eye.
What does a photo need to be a great photo in your eyes?
It has to excite and stimulate me. And photos must have credibility, even if they are built with the greatest of lies.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your photographic projects?
From where I live – and of books and songs.
How to stay informed about new trends in photography? How to keep learning?
Surfing the internet and through the group “Blankpaper” I belong to.
What’s your favorite website on photography?
A blog called “En bruto, blog sobre fotografía”.
What photography book would you recommend?
Which advice would you give someone who wants to become a professional photographer?
You’ve got to put the past behind you before you can move on. I guess that’s what Forrest Gump once said…