Photographer of the Day: Francis Vazquez

ADC Member chooses people over nature as his passion

The month of August is coming to an end, and so is Photography Month here on the ADC blog. We’ve featuring a different photographer every day of the month, but in these last few days, we will be presenting a bit more frequently. Some of these photographers are seasoned professionals, some are young up and comers, and some are just amateur shutterbugs taking snapshots on the side. One thing they have in common: they are all ADC Members, part of our globe-spanning creative community. We hope that you enjoy their work as much as they love creating it!

Queens, NY, USA

How old were you when you took an interest in photography, and when did it become more than an interest?

I believe I was 19 years old. I was studying film and I began taking stills around the city for inspiration. It only became more serious for me when I realized that I could translate all of the skills I had in cinematography to photography pretty easily.

What do you love most about photography as an artform?

I love the interaction. Film is a great medium, but something about a still moment captured is beautiful.

What is your favorite thing to shoot?

I mainly shoot people because I’m fascinated by the creation of an icon, or the struggle for the ideal. I wouldn’t shoot landscapes or nature because I feel some things are beyond being captured, they’re meant to be experienced.

What is it that you love about shooting people?

Oscar Wilde wrote that “beauty is greater than intelligence because it requires no explanation.” I love shooting fashion and people because the end result is just to create something beautiful.

“I wouldn’t shoot landscapes or nature because I feel some things are beyond being captured, they’re meant to be experienced.”

What is your favorite piece of equipment?

The last couple years have mainly been a two men campaign, just my 5d MII and myself. I get light from where ever I can, and I never use a tripod.

Which person most inspires your photographic passion? Which professional photographers do you look up to?

I moved to New York to try and take Mark Seliger‘s joI have always been inspired by Nick Knight and his creative fuel, but the first gallery show that I saw that really left a mark on me was one of work by Robert Mapplethorpe. His work is so emotional.