"ALL OVER THE PLACE" is an usual term applied, sometimes not in the best way, to photographers who don't specialize in a specific genre. This specialization is specially true in art photography where it is often interpreted as a synonym of "style". However valid it may be for a photographer to apply this unwritten rule because of his passion for a subject matter, there are others who enjoy taking photos of all subject matters. The passion they feel is not for a specific genre, but for Photography in itself: for the joy of taking pictures. Garry Winogrand said that he took pictures to know how things looked when photographed.
One can not escape "style". It develops individually. True style can't be faked without the risk of losing integrity, and without this integrity, true art can't be accomplished. Recent developments in Neurology have proven that the best way to learn a specific endeavor is to try various different methods instead of repeating the same routines. In my case, maybe because I studied architecture, I was taught to expose my eyes and brains to everything (and I mean everything). Architecture is one of the few remaining professional activities that still requires to consider multiple options for a solution by incorporating, not only the input of other specialized professionals, but also the social, historical, cultural and psychological aspects of any context. Our vision is not confined by a tunnel.
It's in part for this reason that when people ask me what kind of photographer am I, I can't respond with just one word. If they want to call my photographs "art", I won't stop them, but I'd prefer to call what I do as "design". Design is for everybody and that is what my photos aspire to. There are layers of understanding in all observers. I would prefer then, to be called a "designer of photographs" or a "photo designer". In this way, I shake away the artistic presumptions in favor of remaining in a more universal and freer state.
I've been steadily taking photos of Old San Juan and nature since 2005. Yes, I did take photos before that, but not with such urgency. Old San Juan is a treasure full of surprises in the same way that many traditional and historic cities also are. Nature works as a complement. The man-made and the natural circle of life feed my curiosity and heals some moods by providing the required creative needs.
I think that a photographer should be able to perform his task equally well with a variety of subjects, even if he prefers just one or two. My reason for believing this is that usually the discovery of Photography comes before the appearance of preferences for particular interests. So, at least for now, I'm perfectly alright with being… "ALL-OVER-THE-PLACE".
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I have a Master degree in Architecture from the University of Puerto Rico. My practice has included many types of buildings, including historical restoration and rehabilitation and sports, cultural and educational buildings. Several awards have been granted for my work, including the first prize in the design competition for the new buildings for the School of Architecture, the Department of Fine Arts and the Graduate School of Planning buildings for the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus and an AIA Honor Award for the rehabilitation of the Old San Juan historic market place building, now the Museum of San Juan. I have served as professor of Architectural Design and Appreciation of Architecture at the School of Architecture, and currently write articles for two publications on themes related to design, art and photography.
Photography has always been an alternate source of creative search, and it intensified since around 2005 with the digital medium. Although it has been a constant presence in my life, it has too been a generous companion in times of architectural drought. I have had two individual exhibitions, and my photographs have been awarded by magazines. Two of my photos were recently exhibited in the VIII International Photography Biennial of Puerto Rico in October, 2012.