Photographer Feature 5questions x 5images: Alejandro Flores

What made you start shooting film? 

"I kind of jokingly say I got interested in photography back in the day because of a girlfriend back in college that was a photo major. She was going through the process with film and developing and I always thought that was pretty cool.

Also she wouldn't let me use her camera ( it was a nice camera, I knew nothing of cameras at the time, it was pretty expensive) so that bothered me and made me want to get my own.

But it would be a few years later till I would pick it up myself.

Started off with a 35mm Holga, light leaks and all, and then snowballed from there.  I figured if I wanted to get into photography I'd have to learn from the beginning, with film."

Who or what are you most inspired by? and why? 

"I think in the beginning I was inspired by portraiture of hip hop artist. The documentary Everybody Street was a film thats always stuck with me and gives me a little inspiration here and there. It embodied street photography with hip hop and music and film. One "Idol" i'd say I have is Jason Lee. As a very very amateur photographer and very very very amateur skateboarder I look up to his skill and his mastery of the formats of film and skating and to some extent, acting.."

How did you educate yourself to take better pictures? 

"Honestly, just shooting a lot. Over and over. Anything and everything. Making a bunch of mistakes and slowly figuring it out, and watching a lot of youtube videos.

One book that really explained a lot for me was the National Geographic Complete Photography guide. It broke down a lot of the finer details of taking a photograph and using a camera. I'd highly recommend it if you want to be self taught in photography."

What does photography mean to you? 

"It means whatever you want it to mean. To some it means a job, a hobby, or a purpose.

Whatever meaning you want to give, it doesn't matter as long as it gets you out shooting!"

What’s your dessert island camera?

" No lie. I'd be happy with my Canon Sure Shot point and shoot. Not trying to get sand all up in my lenses on a SLR."

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