Would you mind introducing yourself? Hi! My name is Aitor and I’m 20 years old. Since I was a child I've lived in Sant Andreu de la Barca, a village in the surroundings of Barcelona. I try to split my time between my job, travelling, and taking photos.
Aitor’s Instagram - @aitorrodrigo
How would you describe your style of photography? I would say my style of photography would fit somewhere within the travel and adventure spectrum. I love travelling and when I’m not working I try to take advantage of the day to the fullest.
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? Actually, I have loved taking photos since I was a kid. During school excursions, I was the typical one who was always carrying his disposable camera and during summer holidays, I used to steal my parent’s camera to take some photos. When I finished high school, I wanted to study something related to this world but because of job and money issues, I decided to start up something completely different. For my eighteenth birthday, my family bought me a reflex (Canon 1200d) and then I started as most people do: taking photos with friends. Since then I've realized how fulfilling photography can be.
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? Two of my favourites photos are of sunrises. I declare myself a lover of the delicate rise of the sun with the astonishing tones it ever so generously leaves behind.
What inspires your photography? I feel a special love for outdoor locations because they make me see how small we really are. Especially, through photography, I try to capture the moments we should enjoy more and fix in our memory so we may never forget them.
What kind of camera do you use? Currently, I’m using the Canon 6d Mark II and an automatic analogue camera to capture experiences with friends or some adventures (Olympus MJU zoom wide 80).
What's your editing process like? My editing process depends on the photograph. For example, when I feel like an image speaks for itself without filters, I edit it rather quickly with my iPhone. However, on other occasions, I can spend hours editing just one photo in Lightroom until I am satisfied with the result. In general, I tend to saturate the main colours and play with the curves.
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? My advice is to get out of the bed and discover the world. Don’t stay at home like most teenagers, who spend their days playing computer games. I was one of those teenagers at the age of 14, which is something I regret to this day. In recent years, I haven’t stopped discovering places which are so close that we don’t give the relevance they deserve. You will start to appreciate your time and realize that you have missed a lot of it.
Who are some of your favourite photographers? Right now, my favourite photographer on Instagram is @dantom. I love his colours and his ability to transmit so much beauty with just one image. I also love the folk and inspiring style of @emilielula and the landscapes of @chaseburnett.
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Are there any photographers here on Instagram that you wish more people knew about? Through Instagram, I’ve met a lot of people who are my friends now and I admire greatly (@ivaaanrm, @jonhersan, @danzafra, @marcplanes, @fogstock, @artthuro87, @abiansangil, @danlutch) but especially, there are two photographers whose projects seem incredible to me. Personally, they should be more well-known.
Leo Amaya (@l3oamaya): I love your film and antique style as your natural ability to capture what would be invisible for everybody and transform it into something stunning. Lots of love Leo.
Sergio Marcos (@mister.ese): His portraits of unknown people, brand’s projects or photos because of his satisfaction are really nice. I would recommend you to have a look at both profiles.
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? Anywhere I could park my van and enjoy a spectacular landscape and wake up with an unforgettable sunrise. But leaving behind the van, one of my dreams is to visit New Zealand.
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? Autumn without the slightest doubt. The seasonal colours never fail to instil in me good vibes.
The coolest place you've ever been? I’ve arrived home not long ago after spending one month discovering India. It was an amazing adventure. I would highly recommend any travel photographer or adventurer to visit this country, it’s a magical and special place. But without a doubt, Cuba, Jamaica, Fuerteventura and the Basque Country are the ones that have given me the best memories.
Do you have any upcoming photography trips/sessions that you would like to share? I’m starting to organize the upcoming Christmas holidays and preparing plans for next summer. There’s no time to miss. I bought a van recently, and most weekends I find myself winding through the mountains or flying down the coast.
Don’t forget to follow Aitor on Instagram! (@aitorrodrigo)