TPL: What does street photography mean to you? Describe your style. Where or how do you find inspiration? Are projects important in your street photography?
JS: For me, street photography has a very relevant visual and emotional meaning, from those who have given hours of their lives to build houses, roads, squares, etc., to the citizens in urban and rural areas, who give life and create a link with human history. It was growing up in those streets, playing, walking and enjoying, that I found diverse emotions of people: those who want to walk alone, contemplating or thinking only, those who use it as a means of work and daily struggle, those who enjoy creating music or dance, for example.
My photography style is a result of everything lived and observed, where I use the techniques of b&w and color as an interpretation of the feeling of a series, all closely linked to a small fraction of the absolute diversity that is observed there, where geometry, abstraction, closeness and remoteness of the subjects are part of the emotions of the human being passerby when facing the street (and what is on the side of the road as well).
The photographic inspiration, for me, has two relevant aspects: one is to take my camera and leave home very conscious of feeling calm and well photographing, very aligned with my soul and very lucid to be able to connect with a very therapeutic exercise that allows me to express myself as freely as possible.
On the other hand, the photographs that are taken, I review them when I get home many times, but all of them are always at rest, I leave them stored until a new review in time revives them, resignifies them and somehow "have a discourse between them" that tends to cohere.
For both ways of looking for inspiration, is that the projects in street photography are relevant for me, because for my way of working it will always be necessary to tell a story, which identifies my discourse with the image as a whole. From that edge, is where I give my respect to the observer, so that he can interpret, criticize and discover that "someone" who is telling a fraction of reality.
This is how I have built my four official photographic series, including SIJIFREDO, committed to my essence and admiring/respecting so many good photographers with whom the different ways of perceiving reality in the street, allows me to create a puzzle called "history".