This Argentinian photographer is a man of many talents, as well as many jobs. In addition to his photography, Mufarrege is a husband, a father, a manager for a Scania Trucks Dealer, and the editor of his own little gem of a site: The Imag-e-ination Daily, a media site that stretches across both news and photography boundaries. He’s also a technological enthusiast – a trait that’s contributed to his skill with photomontages and photocomposition, thanks to his programming skill.
|The Long Goodbye - Photomanipulation|
|Innocence - Laughing at the Cemetery|
Do you have a personal philosophy about photography? What about photography appeals to you?
The most important thing at the time I take a picture, is almost the same as in most of the activities I undertake: enjoy it. As a hobbyist I have the advantage of not having to take photographs of duty, so I can choose to or not taking (provided you have free time to go out and take them ...). Particularly pay attention to composition and light, and the presence at the picture of an item that gives interest to the shot. I totally agree with the Dorotea Lange's quote "The camera is a tool that teaches people how to see without a camera. "
|Eternity of Life|
|Estacion Matilde - Windmill|
Tell us a bit about Imag-e-ination. What inspired you to start that up? Where do you hope to go with it in the future?
Claudio: I'm a avid and encyclopedic reader, and the Internet means to me access to the largest library in history. So, the Net is a source of inspiration for me. In that spirit, I joined Twitter and found a community of photographers, poets, artists greater even than he had found on Flickr. So great was the amount of information, and of such quality, that I decided to share with my followers in a more practical way. So I found the site paper.ly that allows me to semi-automatically generate a summary of the tweets of the day in the form of digital diary, and I very happy with the results. I hope I could improve the Image-i-nation journal, transforming it in an independent page.
Claudio: For sure. Most of the time photography is visual poetry, and poetry is a mental image through words. As I said, I could express some things that I'm not capable of do writing. Usually I use some quote or a poem as the title of the companion of my photos.
|End of Summer|
Claudio: Post production (digital or not) always existed. The vast majority (if not all) of the common tweaks in exposure (dodging & burning) and retouching have been done since the advent of photography. Then there's the artistic, creative side of photography (ie 'making' pictures, rather than 'taking' pictures) such as adding/removing elements of a scene which enhances the final image. Again if your intent is to create a particular scene or mood, then what of it? Only in 'record' photography is it strictly necessary to record, without adjustment, the scene. This again comes back to the purpose and intent of the photographer—to merely 'capture' a scene or to create a scene, and I usually create an scene.
|Sunset Without You|
Claudio: Shot, shot, shot, shot. If you’re using a digital camera, the cost of errors is free. Go crazy – you might end up with something you like. You’ll certainly learn a lot in the process.
Exercise the power of observation, without the camera. Pay attention to detail. Share your work and be open to the critics.
What kind of camera and equipment do you use for your photography? Editing programs?
Claudio: My camera is my old point and shot Sony DSC-H9 with a very common polarizer filter, and I use Photoshop CS3 for editing.
|Happiness is not a state to arrive, but a manner of traveling|
Could you please recommend a few photography resources for individuals who wish to know more about the art form?
Claudio: Some resources...
Flickr : http://www.flickr.com
Deviant-Art : http://www.deviantart.com/
DPS Digital Photography School :
JPG Magazine : http://jpgmag.com/
Photoshop Tutorials : http://photoshoptutorials.ws/
PSD Tuts : http://psd.tutsplus.com/
Abduzeedo : http://abduzeedo.com/
Obvious Magazine : http://obviousmag.org/en/archives/photography/
And all the photographer's sites for inspiration (and happiness).
Write a poem (or Flash Fiction 55) based on the prompt.
Post it on your site.
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Accept the picture prompt challenge! :)