TPL: Juancho please tell us about yourself. When did you start getting interested in photography?
JD: As I am retired, it occurred to me that to use my free time I could start taking photos, so the first thing I did was look for a compact (needless to say, I didn't know much about cameras) that I still use on some occasions. I started taking photos of objects, buildings, structures, etc., afraid of the human figure, and as I was feverish, I went out every day to photograph everything that caught my attention, and everything started to attract my attention. I was beginning to see again and see what I had not seen, what I usually saw. And so suddenly I discovered that I had a new love, like I was a teenager: photography.
I did not know the force with which it is capable of catching one, becoming a simple attraction, a passion capable of absorbing all your thoughts, and of always wanting to carry a camera with me so that, in this way, I can testify afterwards what my eyes are discovering, with the charm of an inquisitive look that surprisingly wakes up.
I am lucky to be friends with the photographers and teachers Susana Arwas and Edgar Moreno who invited me to the classes that they teach in their workshops on composition and photographic projects. There I went through a training process while I participated in the digital magazine that they edit: Magna, Histories of the Present.
The work I do does not obey a specific photographic project because what is specific is the street itself, which is the best reflection of the pulsating reality of everyday life in a society that is undergoing a process of transformation. Venezuela is a melting pot of races, and that manifests itself in my photography. Older adults appear in many of my photos, perhaps this is a projection of my own self that identifies with people of my generation. I do not remember when I was young having seen so many older people on the street. Maybe they were invisible to me and now due to my own condition they present themselves to me at every moment in different activities, but I definitely believe that now there are more elderly people on the streets of Caracas, and it may be as a consequence of the social policy that has granted old-age pensions to a greater number of people, which makes them more independent.
Now I am happier and with a new life project; filled with photos until I complete the last quarter of an hour I have left to live. The lights and shadows follow each other in moments and change in a few minutes and the action of the people is a matter of seconds, everything has to coincide with the moment, which is not only a decisive moment but also a decided one. I do not intend anything other than to give free rein to my restless and curious eye and show the result of that passion for photography.
I am a man of few words, that's why I use photography.