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Shot in Analogue: an Interview with Cristóbal Escanilla (NSFW)

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True empowerment for women is to be able to be themselves freely, and this is how photographer Cristóbal Escanilla finds them beautiful. Through an interview with Lomography Magazine, we get to know the analogue photographer and his humble life of loving art, nature, and beauty.

Hi Cristóbal! Welcome to Lomography Magazine. First things first, what do you love about women?

Women are very important in the life. Men are important too. But women are like the unknown cosmos, where the feelings, energy, and love detonate through their expressions. Women are like poetry.

You shoot on film. How does the analogue medium help you reach your aesthetic?

I like this format because the size of the film and the chart and easy focus on my Hasselblad and Yashica cameras bring comfortable sight. At the moment to take the pictures is very interesting to do it: because the balance of the format.

Your portraits often show women in very dainty and peaceful settings, but we noticed that there's a special focus on their hands. May we know why?

Hands show ideas. It is awesome how a part of your body has the power to give information and ideas. Hands can create, make the scene, and they get to be an important subject this way.

In your own opinion, what makes a person 'beautiful'?

Physical and mental health, wellness, and complete acceptance of love.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

I get inspired by landscape and nature, their colors and shapes. I like deep ideas and big emotions, magical thoughts and the unmistakable beauty of women that I encounter around me, every day.

If you could spend a day with a certain artist, photographer or creative right now -- whether dead or alive -- who would it be and what would you two be doing?

I would like to spend some time with the artist Lukasz Wierzbowsky and watch how he makes his pictures and their models. I'd listen to him speak about compositions and colors.. we'll talk near a nature-oriented, quiet environment.

What's a day in the life like for Cristobal Escanilla?

A day in my life apart from photography consists of doing whatever. I spend time with my friends, sometimes I'm all alone with nature. I listen or play some music, watch movies and pieces of art, read a book, do yoga.

Lastly, any on-going project, or future plans you'd like to share to us?

I'm planning a trip to Bolivia and make a documentary series, but I don't know what would that be yet. I would like to start a zine on landscape and people though.


Read our first feature of here or visit his Facebook, Flickr, or Instagram for more of his works.

2018-01-24 #people #portrait-photography #cristobal-escanilla

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