“I seek originality in the work presented. When I have objects ready to photograph, I wonder if I can still make that image even more conceptual by removing any item that is not necessary.”
García de Marina
García de Marina (born in 1975) is a conceptual photographer from Spain. He’s self-taught when it comes to photography. For García de Marina photography is a means to create conceptual images showing ordinary objects in a different and original way.
“Artist Profile” – García de Marina
García, why did you become a photographer? And what does photography mean to you?
Currently for me, photography is a hobby and supposed to convey an idea, immortalize a moment, get to make the viewer can play with your imagination.
How would you describe your photographic language and creative process? How do you plan and execute a project? Both technically and conceptually?
Seeking a language that can be understood in any culture where the viewer may be from an adult to a child.
The creative process can start at any time: a conversation, a song, a text or the detail of a single object can call attention to an idea that there arises. And when the idea already has form, I do a little drawing of how I want to make the picture. Then I have to find the appropriate objects to do it, paying attention to the shape and color.
And on a technical level, I use a wooden board as the background and the natural light coming through a window.
Which photographer has inspired you most?
I don’t seek inspiration in the work of other authors.
What led me to make this type of photography was the attraction to advertising photography. And when I delved into the subject, I discovered other authors, photographers, and painters, illustrators and even poets, which use the object as a means of expression.
What’s your favorite inspirational quote about photography?
My favourite inspirational quote is one from William Albert Allard, which reads:
“You have to ask more to yourself. You have to start looking for pictures nobody else can do. You need to take your tools and go beyond.”
I seek originality in the work presented. When I have objects ready to photograph, I wonder if I can still make that image even more conceptual by removing any item that is not necessary.
Go beyond involves to try to mark the difference.
What kind of camera and equipment do you use?
My equipment is a Nikon D800 camera and a photographic lens 50 mm 1.8.
What’s your favorite website about photography?
I have no favourite internet site in particular, I like to see many:
”Arte fotográfico”, “Qué sabes de…” and “DNG” just to name a few.
There are many internet sites, both Spanish and foreign ones, that are very interesting.
Which advice would you give someone who wants to get started with photography?
To practice and try. Be non-conformist and I try to improve every day.