I am so excited to feature one of my favorite photographers. Isabel Nolasco and I have known each other for about a year. We were part of the same photography collective for a while...
Originally from Portugal, this street photographer now lives in Asia and keeps delivering amazing photos from that beautiful area of the world...
Cendrine Marrouat: Hello Isabel, thank you for answering my questions! What inspired you to become a photographer? Any particular story?
Isabel Nolasco: I’ve always loved photography. I have no particular story or influencer, but I always had the wish to be able to capture what my eyes see, in every moment. Particularly the moon.
I’d say to my first photography teacher, when he asked why I was there, that I wanted to be able to photograph the moon. “One of the most difficult subjects,” was his reply. Now I’ve learned how! And I am always eager to learn more!
To sum up, I have had a camera since I can remember. I’ve been photographing for as long as I can remember. That’s always been my passion!
CM: What is your favorite subject to photograph?
IN: I still can’t make up my mind about my favorite subject to photograph. I’m an eager photographer and love to photograph almost every subject. I guess I love to photograph people the most, and I love street photography, and to capture unique moments. But I’m not indifferent to a beautiful landscape or cityscape. And, since I travel as often as I can, I love to document my travels with all the subjects of the places and cultures I visit.
I love to capture people and their cultures, and photograph the places in a new angle, if possible. I find it challenging and am passionate about it!
CM: What makes a good photo?
IN: A good photo tells a story, emphasizes a cause or passes a message. It goes beyond technical or aesthetical standards: it stands for itself, makes us stop and see it with new eyes, it’s art. It can reveal a soul and be an expression of the human condition. And can also be a weapon against the atrocities and inequalities of the world.
CM: What is the photo you prefer in your portfolio? Why?
IN: This is the most difficult question for me. And I suppose for many photographers. Because our work is like a child, and we simply cannot choose between one or another. But, if I had to choose one, it would be the one that I’ve captured at the very beginning of my career, the first one I’m proud of: two Timorese kids in a spring water in the mountains of East Timor. Their sights and gestural language are unique and a portrait of the people in that country.
CM: Any photographer you admire?
IN: I admire many past and present photographers.
But I want to highlight one female photographer who was like an epiphany to me when I was living a bad moment in my life: Anita Lopes Graça, a professional dog photographer (not my kind of subject, but she’s my kind of warrior!).
I was watching TV (which is very rare) one afternoon, and she was being interviewed and saying she started to photograph when she was 50 years old. She was also experiencing difficulties in her life when she turned to photography.
I thought to myself that it was a sign, and I just messaged her telling that she had inspired me and I would start learning photography too! I was 49 years old, and I have never stopped since!
CM: What piece of advice would you give photographers who are starting with online promotion?
IN: Just be yourself, don’t copy anyone. To copy some famous photographers we admire is a temptation, but they are not us, and we are not them. Learn from them, learn eagerly, let yourself be influenced by them, but find your own style, your own statement, your own message. You are a unique human being, so be a unique artist. Just be yourself!
CM: Anything else you would like to share?
IN: I’m so excited to share with you that I’ve finally had the courage to quit my job and follow my photography dream! I’m going to study photography and digital marketing, and also dedicate myself more to my career as a photographer!
If you are interested in knowing more about my new beginnings, here are my posts on this subject:
For more information on Isabel Nolasco, visit http://www.isabelnolasco.com.