We recently announced the winner of the 2016 Loculars Photowalk in Madrid. Spanish professional photographer Gema Sánchez Nájera snapped the winning photo of a couple sharing a sweet moment at the Temple of Debod.
We connected for a Q&A session about her background, her photography, and where she’s headed.
When did you get started in photography?
I started in 1999 when I was taking pics in black and white and developing by myself in a laboratory. Then I used to take pictures when I was traveling. Many years later, I shot with a digital webcam and sometimes with my vintage Yashica, but in 2009 I bought my first digital reflex camara. I started to take photos with a more conceptual sense — they were about travel, but I tried to look for another kind of travel photography.
Where might we have seen your work?
I did my first exhibition in 2011 and in 2012 I showed my intimate landscape work in London. Now, I write about technical photography and history of art photography in blogs, and I work as a wedding photographer, but I take pics when I travel with the same love as in the past.
What inspires your photography?
The elegant of Rodney Smith inspires me, the humor of Elliott Erwitt, and also a lot of wedding photographers that include landscape with couples. I love landscapes with soul, not only to show us the magnificence of their view, they must have something spiritual.
Anyway, they don’t inspire my work directly. I love their photographs, and I’d like to be like them, but it’s not easy. Actually, Caravaggio and the light of the Baroque Period inspires my travel photography nowadays, my last exhibition has a lot of things about painting.
Do you have a preferred piece of gear?
My favorite piece is an old analog 50mm f1.4. It’s great in bokeh for filming and for some pictures. Couple with my digital camera, it changed my portrait photography years ago.
Where do you hope to take your photography in the future?
I hope to travel to Tokyo. I’ve been taking pictures by night with my boyfriend, looking for lights and colours, so Tokyo is the perfect city to do that.