I’m Jose, a London-based photographer specialising in portraiture. I am drawn to people as the primary subject for my images, and I believe that the complexity of the individual cannot be reduced to a single snapshot. This makes portraits a partial and biased reflection that results from an relationship between subject and photographer, which is further reinterpreted by the viewer — I am fascinated by this process, as it explores the human condition of my subjects as much as my own sensitivity.
I am of the opinion that successful images are ultimately made, not taken, and have a strong preference for film photography as my tool of choice. The slower and almost meditative process of medium and large format film photography plays a deliberate role in my creativity, and the undeniable presence of these large cameras becomes part of the dialogue with the subject, while at the same time requiring me to work hard and be more mindful.
In aiming to create meaningful images, I enjoy the creative challenges derived from conceptualising and preparing a shoot, as well as the technical execution. I have, however, grown increasingly frustrated with the age of overwhelming imagery overload and split-second attention economy. As helpful as social media can be as a tool for sharing, I also fear it has become impossibly hard to actually communicate and do justice the work and love that goes into each image. I have thus come to regard the printed image as one of the primary goals of my work, and devote much of my time to this endeavour. Not only do I find as much interpretative freedom in the darkroom as in-camera, but I the physicality of hand-made prints makes them special to my eye: images which are unique by their own nature, taken in slowly and can become part of the spaces we inhabit. The process of creation weights in as much as the results, and the journey brings me to delve further into photography as a craft.
For commissions and enquiries, please get in touch using the contact page. I can also be reached on social media using the links on this page.