PEP VENTOSA is a California-based talented and innovative photographer.
The Collective Snapshot is a series blending together thousands of snapshots to create an abstraction of worldwide famous landmarks and monuments.
A selection of this impressive work can be found inside our “Creative Guide for Curious People“ printed edition art book.
Here you can find the full interview to this Catalan-born artist and something more about his inspiration, projects and travel.
Your first project, last project and future project: how would you describe them?
My first artistic project in photography is called Reconstructed Works and is an ongoing project of mainly cityscapes and landscapes. These works are inspired by the way our eyes see things, that is, in fragments. By capturing my subjects in smaller parts, rather than at once, and then reconstructing those pieces to see the whole picture, I try to mimic the way our sight works.
My last project is a series that focuses on Street Lamps, the solitary sculptures that stand witness to city life. Using overlaid shots of lamps set against their urban habitats, I create images tinged with the atmosphere of different neighborhoods in Paris, San Francisco, New York, and other cities.
At the heart of all my projects is an exploration of the photographic medium itself. I like to find new ways to create photographs not singularly recorded by the camera. The use of photography as a picture maker rather than as a picture taker. Making pictures with pictures.
What do you find inspiring and how would you describe your lifestyle?
I think my curiosity for everything photographic is where I find most of the inspiration. I read about photography, go to museums and galleries, and look at movies, books, and the world around me with a photographic eye.
My lifestyle is quite calm. I live and work in a small coastal town near San Francisco, California. I work my photography every day. I also like to cook, listen to music, read, go for walks…
What would you probably be today if you hadn’t followed your dreams of being a photographer or what is your actual dream?
It’s hard for me to imagine doing something else. I was a musician back when I lived in Spain, and then I dreamed of being a photographer.
Artists and events: can you tell us the most interesting that you’ve find in your career until now?
I am fascinated with the world of photography and its ongoing evolution. I believe that all photographs are interesting. They continue to show us the world and our own nature.
The place where you were born, the place where you live, the best place where you traveled with your work: can you tell us something that only you know to describe them?
I was born in a farmhouse in the wine country near Barcelona. The place is famous not only for the wine but for its human towers constructions, very impressive.
Now I live with my wife in a small rural town in California, down the street from a marine preserve that’s home to a community of harbor seals.
I’ve lived in the countryside and in big cities and I’m glad to have known both lifestyles.
I’ve a special memory of shooting photographs in Venice in early January, right after Christmas time, with the city empty of tourists. Beautiful.