Art of freedom – interview with photographer Mauricio F. Corridan

He is that modern guy whose every word reflects freedom. Freedom in mindset, freedom in (photography) style, freedom in choice of tools. For him the most important thing is enjoying whatever you do and continue doing it as long as you have passion for it. I have got to know the work of Mauricio F. Corridan via Post Collective, and since then I am a true fan. Glad to have the chance to share here my interview with this very inspiring spirit, along with a great selection of his amazing works. Come along!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I was born in Ireland but grew up in Tenerife. I have lived in many different places: Spain, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea and have travelled quiet a bit. Although I do consider myself half Irish, I’d say my Home is Tenerife, which is where I’ve spent most of my life and where my mother lives. 

Did you go to school to study photography?

I’m currently studying a BA in Photography in Berlin. 

How would you describe your photography style?

To be honest, I do not really like talking about style that much. I’m still exploring many different fields in photography and I think that talking about style somehow puts limits to my creativity. I hope to continue exploring photography and finding new ways to improve and surprise myself.

Two gentlemen at the temple of literature

Who or what is influencing your photographer mindset?

It’s hard to say. During my studies I have been around many different artists and photographers and I have had a lot of input. I have participated in Documentary and Street photography workshops, I have been to many lectures and seminars and have taken Portrait, Fashion and Staged photography courses. I have probably been influenced by many different people and by all the different work that I have seen and continue to see in a daily bases. I’m currently working part-time at C/O Berlin, which is one of the most prestigious exhibitions centres for photography and that is a whole lot of new input there. 

Where is inspiration coming from?

Inspiration comes from everything around me, from going to art and photography exhibitions and from watching imagery online. Even the most banal things can be inspiring. Still, I’d say that travelling is my number one inspiration source.

What makes a photo perfect for you?

Many things need to be considered for a photograph to be a good one: the composition, the lighting, the subject or story…I guess the perfect photo would be a perfect combo where all of them really work together. Although, sometimes a photo might just have one of these, and yet sill be a great photo. It really depends a lot.

What is the quality you most admire in a photograph?

I guess it would be the feeling or emotion you get when you see good work that somehow captivates you.

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What tools do you use to edit your photos?

I edit most of my photos in RAW where I play with light, contrast and colours. For Instagram I use the VSCO app. 

You are one of the Instagram photography artists who are featured on Post Collective. Why and how do you use Instagram?

I guess I’m there because they like my work (Smiley) I use Instagram as an online portfolio where I show part of my work.

Do you take photos with your phone or camera (for Instagram)?

I always use my camera because my Samsung is very old and the quality of the pictures just isn’t good. It would be great to be able to use a phone every now and then, as it’s a lot more handy, but generally I prefer using my camera because I want to have the possibility to have large files.

How do you see the future of professional photography with such a medium around like Instagram?

I think platforms like Instagram are good because it allows a lot of people to share their photos and ideas with many other users, which is of course a great thing. It’s hard to say what the future is, but I think it’s all a little over saturated at the moment. A lot of people who own a phone and have an Instagram account, call themselves “Photographers” so I feel like the term is kind of losing its value.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I wish I knew, my life is a little chaotic at the moment. I’m working on a lot of different projects at the same time. I can’t really tell you where I see myself, but I can tell you that I hope to continue enjoying what I’m doing and I hope to continue working on great projects with many amazing creative people.

Where can we find your work besides of Instagram and your website?

You can find my work in all these different Platforms: FlickrTumblrVSCOFacebook or Instagram

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A barber in his barber shop at the Bac Ha Market

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The artist: Mauricio F. Corridan

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