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Blog 1611 Java Indonesia

Mauricio F. Corridan sees the world through his camera lens

In a time where the number of followers on your Social Media channels are the new quality standard, Mauricio Fuentes Corridan is creating a refreshing alternative.

Even though he can count almost 42k people on his Ins­tagram feed, his pho­to­graphs set the bar high every time. His clean aes­thet­ic, beau­ti­ful loc­a­tions and weirdly pos­ing mod­els invite his fol­low­ers into a world of cre­ativ­ity and most of all, real expert­ise. He knows what he’s doing. He has trained his craft and genu­ine eye at Berlin’s renowned uni­ver­sity for pho­to­graphy: BTK and he works for one of the city’s best ven­ues for con­tem­por­ary art, C/O.

Before that the thirty-year-old with Span­ish and Irish roots stud­ied advert­ising and pub­lic rela­tions in Sala­manca, Spain. With this com­bin­a­tion of skills Maur­i­cio is an artist who knows how to mar­ket him­self. In between his already busy sched­ule Maur­i­cio travels the world, most of the time with his pho­to­graph­er girl­friend Olja Ryzevski. We had the pleas­ure to chat with this tal­en­ted man about his must-see places, the concept of beauty and his future projects.

When and how did you real­ize you wanted to become a pho­to­graph­er?
I had always enjoyed look­ing at beau­ti­ful imagery and watch­ing nature and wild­life doc­u­ment­ar­ies, but I had nev­er actu­ally thought about becom­ing a pro­fes­sion­al pho­to­graph­er. A few years ago, I decided to find a new and more cre­at­ive path. I’m cur­rently about to fin­ish my BA in Pho­to­graphy in Berlin.

What impact did that choice have on your life?
A huge impact. Study­ing Pho­to­graphy has changed my life com­pletely. Before these stud­ies, I had stud­ied Advert­ising and PR and had worked in many dif­fer­ent com­pan­ies in Spain, Switzer­land and Ger­many doing many dif­fer­ent things. Now my life is all about pho­to­graphy and I really couldn’t be happier.

Does cre­ativ­ity run through your fam­ily, or is the urge to cre­ate some­thing that grew in you inde­pend­ently?
In my fam­ily there aren’t any pho­to­graph­ers or artists, but I think my broth­er and sis­ter are very cre­at­ive in their own fields.

How do you define beauty?
Beauty is a very broad word and is inter­preted very dif­fer­ently by all of us. Beauty is in all things. As the fam­ous quote says: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

And how do you trans­late that defin­i­tion to your work?
Like I said, I think beauty can be found in everything, and there­fore in all dif­fer­ent fields in pho­to­graphy. I don’t stick to just one genre and I find beauty in all of them.

How do you know you’ve found the per­fect motive/​setting/​location?
Some­how I just know. I can feel it. It’s nor­mally a com­bin­a­tion of all of them.

What word describes your pho­to­graphs the best?
In my most recent cri­tiques at Uni­ver­sity, my work has been described as aes­thet­ic and sensitive.

In which situ­ations do you enjoy tak­ing pic­tures the most?
When I travel. I need to see new things to be able to feel truly inspired.

Your girl­friend seems to be always by your side, what role does she play in your cre­at­ive pro­cess?
A very import­ant role. We travel togeth­er, work togeth­er and inspire each other.

You travel a lot – how do you choose the places you want to go?
Some­times we vis­it places we both really want to vis­it, but most of the time it hap­pens in a much more spon­tan­eous way.

Which place has had the biggest impact on you this year and why?
There are two really amaz­ing places I vis­ited this year. One of them was the Grand Canyon Nation­al Park in Ari­zona the second one is Java Island in Indone­sia. Both places are just incred­ible and I would highly recom­mend both.

What/​who would you like to pho­to­graph in future?
No one and noth­ing in par­tic­u­lar. I hope to con­tin­ue trav­el­ling the world and get­ting inspir­a­tion from all the people and things I encounter on the way.

Make sure to fol­low Maur­i­cio on Ins­tagram and Flickr.

08 Nov 2016 · neubau eyewear