Roberto Ojeda

Story Behind the Shot: This photo was taken in late 2012 during the first event of the Escape to Miami Triathlon. I am a swimmer, too, and know that water provides a unique context when it comes to portraits. I waited for the swimmers to come out of the water and captured several of them. Although I had several good images, this was the one that took my breath away as soon as I reviewed them in camera. It was an intense exchange between the swimmer and the bay.

What Inspires Your Photography?
The iconic photos of my favorite masters inspire me—the way Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, Man Ray saw the world around them, the techniques they used to capture their images, the way they interacted with their subjects, the experiments with light and form Man Ray did, the exquisiteness of Avedon’s work and the daring yet perfect style of Newton. I want to be at their level one day; it will be hard work, and I am very far, but they inspire me and what I do.

How Do You Define Your Style?
I will define it as a self-exploration that comes accompanied by a process of learning and evolution. I will experiment with substances on the models, with environmental portraits, with one-light setups, with welcome and unwelcome emotions and anything that helps me rediscover what my eyes see. www.robertoojeda.com

Equipment: Nikon D5000, Tamron 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 lens, Natural light

Roberto Ojeda

Born and raised in Ecuador, Roberto Ojeda came to the U.S. in 2000 to study. Ojeda has a background in arts such as drawing, painting, sculpture and digital arts. In 2010 he began focusing his efforts in photography. Ojeda specializes in portrait photography.

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