Photo of the Week 17 September 2013
Congratulations to Victor Santos from San Diego, California for his Photo of the Week winning image “Everyone is a Superhero.” The whimsy superhero in this image caught our eye and we wanted to find out the story behind the image. Luckily, we were able to speak with Victor and find out how he came across this superhero crossing the road one early morning in San Diego and find out more about his passion for photography. Be sure to read his answers below and to see more of Victor’s work you can stop by his Flickr page.
Where are you from?
My home town is San Diego, California. Though, I have also lived in India, Indonesia, and Russia.
What type of camera, gear, and equipment do you use?
I carry a Canon 30D or my Minolta 35mm camera with me almost everywhere. I also use a Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 650. I aspire to eventually own a large format film camera. For this shot I used a Canon 30D with a 24-70mm lens and a fast shutter to capture the runners.
Where was the image taken?
San Diego, California at the halfway marker of the Carlsbad Marathon.
How did you become involved with photographing the Carlsbad Marathon?
I volunteered to photograph friends in their races a few years ago and got hooked. So, it was a friend who forced me up this early morning to fight the cold and morning rain. Actually, I love the morning time for photographing people and nature. I love the morning sunlight and how it paints everything in gold and warms my bones at the same time. I have also volunteered to photograph a few charity events, mostly sports like surfing and golf. But I am always looking for other types of events where I can capture people in their environment.
What’s your relationship to the individual in the image?
He was a volunteer at the Carlsbad Marathon running alongside the marathon runners to hand them a cup of water.
What is the story or message that you’re trying to convey with this shot?
Everyone is a Superhero. Look around and notice the people who help.
What type of photography do you enjoy most for personal and professional projects?
I studied and continue study Photography at UCSD and my favorite work is always people. I love to photograph people doing what they love most.
How did you come to the decision to study photography at UCSD? What type of career do you want to pursue upon completion of this degree?
I am nearing the end of a different career. When I first started my college studies my major was Art. I was intent on being a struggling artist with dramatic images to show the world. Towards my junior year I met my wife and envisioned my family. I instantly changed my major to business/engineering, married, and raised a family. Throughout my career I studied various arts like painting, video and photography off and on, but never seriously. And, now I can no longer ignore my desire, my first love. A career is not what I am looking for. I just want to create beautiful images and photographs. I want people to enjoy what I can capture.
Who are some photographers that inspire you?
I love the work of Robert Frank, Minor White, Stieglitz, Imogen Cunningham, and Harry Callahan, as well as more current artists like Michael Kenna and Michael Mulno.
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