I was born in Cuba and grew up in Mexico City. While growing up in Mexico City, we lived very near to an art house movie theatre and I used to sneak out late at night and watch all of this great foreign movies with directors like - Fellini, Bunuel, Antonioni and Kubrick. There was nothing else in this world I wanted to do more than to be behind a film camera. When I was 18 years old, I had an accident and lost vison on my right eye. At that time, I felt my dream of being a cinematographer was over. I took up photography because I thought it was my only choice to being behind a camera. I graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography and I started a commercial and fashion photography carreer.
I worked in Mexico City, New York and San Francisco, I learned so much from working with amazing professionals, from lighting and composition to storytelling with a single image. More importantly, I learned not to place limitations on myself. I realized that you have to fight for your dreams and decided that one eye was all I needed to look through a viewfinder to create images. I sold all of my photography equipment and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a Cinematography career.
For the next twelve years, I worked on feauture films and documentaries in Los Angeles. We also lived in Hawaii, where our son Lucian was born.
Now I live in Seattle with my wife and son and feel incredibly blessed. Chemical Angel is my way of going back to my first love in photography, Film. This time I wanted to really understand the photography process that started it all.
Wet Plate Collodion