Miguel Vallinas Prieto

June 11, 2017 by Laura Gomez


Miguel Vallinas Prieto, an advertising and industrial photographer, dedicates much of his time to his personal work in which he studies the landscape, understanding nature as a pure state, urban landscape, contemporary architecture, portraiture, etc. In his photographs he tries not to leave room for improvisation by carrying out a previous study of the place, the light and of all those determining factors. The technique is primordial in his work at the time of taking the photographs and in the post-production work. He resorts to themes that arouse a personal interest beyond mere contemplation and seeks to seek reflection in the other. We could say that his work consists in a search for beauty understood through his gaze.

Photo Interview:

Name: Miguel Vallinas Prieto
Age: Almost 46 years old, my birthday is near
Birthday: 28 of July

College: Study Image and Sound in Valladolid and Burgos. Spain
Complete my studies at EFTI. International Center of Photography and Cinema in Madrid. Spain
Although I truly believe the craft I learned working.

Color: White color. Is White a color? White is the sum of all colors in photography.
According to the additive synthesis we speak of the formation of colors through the sum of the lights in their different wavelengths.
It is the sum of all light in the highest proportion of the visible spectrum.
If we break it down, all the colors appear.
I am a color photographer.

Book: I have many favorites and many different styles. I love reading to Mario Benedetti. Open any page of your poem books at random. Here you know that chance does not fail
The first book I remember reading with real enthusiasm was John Kennedy Toole’s “A Confederacy of Dunces.”
It is usual to reread it from time to time and see how with the passage of time my perspective of the change. Although I still think today that it is a special and fantastic book.

Movie: I dont know. The question is difficult.
“The Great Beauty” by Paolo Torrentino (2013), Whiplash by Damien Chazelle (2014) …
I loved “Where the Wild Things Are” by Spike Jonce (2009). And recently I have seen “Stellet licht” by Carlos Reygadas (2007). I find it sublime, and with a fantastic picture. I love it.

The Spanish potato omelette. All. But if I have to choose one, surely the one that my Mother does.

Quote: Every day I realize and make more of myself the famous phrase of Seneca: “It takes a life to learn to live”
Life is without doubt a continuous learning and every day surprises you.

For how long have been in photography? How did you start? I’ve been taking pictures for many years. Lifetime. I like music, literature, cinema and any form of artistic expression.
I just had to look for the artistic expression that suited my skills better, or that I felt more comfortable with. I found my way to communicate through photography. It’s my way of telling stories and developing my imagination. So I consider that my passion for photography emerged in an instant and by necessity. I have always liked to tell things in pictures. I loved to draw, but I knew little and wanted to paint, but it took a lot and I did not have patience. It had to be something more immediate and I found it in the photograph. I liked to go to see photography exhibitions, I was very attracted, although I was always more inspired by the painting. I wanted to photograph as if I were painting. Then I discovered the lab and was fascinated. Slides revealed with negative chemicals and backwards.

What color is! it was fantastic. It opened before me a world that still has me trapped. He was determined. I wanted to be a photographer, so I invested from the beginning on this full time.
My studies, my free time. Everything around the photograph since I discovered it.

How would you define yourself as an artist? I’m not going to look for the picture. I hope this one comes to me. I have an idea and development, and I put it on the scene.
On the impromptu. My latest collections are in the studio. This is my way of having it all controlled. When I photograph out of my studio the process is the same. Pretend to have everything controlled before the final shot.Very rarely or not, I carry the camera on top. I like to look and think. Find something worthwhile and come back with what I need, or when the circumstances to do the photo I want. There is no action on my photograph. I only try to reproduce the image that I have previously conceived in my head.
I am not an action photographer, I am a tripod photographer and I am patient.

I attach great importance to technique and enlightenment. Everything has to be solved before the final shot.
The photograph is always finished on my computer. It is where I imprint the character and I do not hesitate to spend the necessary hours until everything seems correct and as I had imagined.
I try to take care of everything.
This process of the attempt of perfection has led me to the montage photo that is the protagonist of my last collections.
This obsession because everything is in place. To the last detail or the last wrinkle of the clothes.
I love the clear – Dark. And above all draw with the light.

Where do you find inspiration? In the life. In other artists, poetry, cinema, personal experiences, people around me, in music, walking, in the countryside, in the city, drinking coffee, reading a newspaper, watching … In my need to tell things.

Who has been the greatest inspiration in your life today?
The challenges, the needs, my eagerness to share my imaginations, my family, my muse, my parents, what I love and what I hate, man and my relationship with nature, architecture, feelings …

What for you is the most enjoyable part of your photography? My way of working conditions me. There is a battle between the image preconceived in my imagination and the end result.
This battle is sometimes not pleasant. It is demanding and frustrating. But after this effort (unpleasant), and when I get the two images match (that of my head and that of my photograph), there is a level of satisfaction that is the most pleasant sensation that can be had. Much more pleasant is still to share my images. When these are available to anyone who wants to look at them.
Listen to what they suggest to others. Sometimes it coincides with my intentions (Great), others do not, and the one who looks at them has their own conclusions and inspires them different things. (This is even better).
Submit my photographs to public exposure, let my pictures speak and transmit. Listen to what you evoke. This is the final meaning of my work, what is intended and what finally pleases and pleases me.
An accomplished goal.

Is Brainstorming not the only creative method use to create new concepts? Yes. I believe that this is the concept that comes closest to my creative process and my way of working with which I feel more comfortable and identified

Please could you tell us about photography and digital technology? Because of my age and my long career I have had to work with both of them. They are not so different. In the end, the end is the same. Only different ways of working to achieve the same result. I like both the pleasant hours in my lab and the work on my computer. It is true that the digital process has made photography a much more accessible and democratic medium. We are all photographers now. This is good. I can see on the net a lot of images that tell me many things, and lots of good works even from those who do not dedicate their professional time to photography. Now photography is much more plural and accessible.
There is only one thing that digital photography has brought me that I do not like. I consider that a photograph is not finished until it is printed and in our hands.
I consider the production process to be one more characteristic of the finished artistic work, and in many cases determinant in the style of the photographer.
With analog photography there was no option, the end result had to be physical and produced on paper. With digital photography many works are unfinished, latent and half way.
Photographs that are not printed do not exist and often disappear in the limbo of the cloud.
Support is very important.

What type of camera do you use most?The camera is only a tool for performing the job. I do not consider it decisive, although it is true that its choice is important in relation to the type of work that each photographer performs.In my case I like to work with cameras that give me a lot of information in the shot, and that allow me the manipulation in post production without losing quality. Therefore I always opt for cameras with a lot of resolution that give me the possibility to present my final works in large formats.
I like the technical and medium format cameras, although I am currently working with a 35 mm camera that gives me these resolutions that I need and also the comfort and versatility offered by a camera body with a reduced weight and volume. Looking for these two characteristics I am currently working with a 5Dsr Canon

What is your favorite lens? I like working with fixed lenses. I feel very comfortable working with a 50 mm. This lens was the only one I had in my first cameras, and I’ve always been used to looking at everything through this lens

What has been your most memorable assignment and why? The most memorable mission is the one I pursue in my day to day work. It is a matter of trajectory rather than a concrete work.
My mission is to see my photographs as a whole. From the beginning and to show an evolution both photographic and thought. I want my last job to be better than the previous one and pretend that future work is better too. In this way I can maintain a constant illusion for photography and also a creative commitment to myself.

What are your favourite three images you have shot recently?
I board the artistic works as collections. I like more to see if a collection as a whole meets my expectations than the analysis of a concrete photograph.
No doubt my last collection “Ceci n’est pas” is the one that comes closest to my way of understanding photography and with which I feel more identified today.

How important is an awesome website for your business? Surely the web is an indispensable showcase and how to teach what you do. So I consider it to be fundamental.
I live and work in a small town with only 20,000 inhabitants. Here I reside, I have my study and I develop my professional activity. So my website is an essential tool to make my work known and can be viewed from anywhere in the world.
Galleries, social networks, exhibitions and publications like yours are also essential to disseminate my work.

What’s the most important quality a photographer needs to have? No doubt the final work is as close as possible to the preconceived idea of it. For this it is necessary to combine other essential qualities and knowledge of all the factors for a perfect final result. An idea has to convey feelings. These sensations are essential and vital, but the photograph will not be solved without being technically perfect. Creativity and technique make a good photograph a perfect work.

Which of your projects has given you the most satisfaction? All are satisfactory and respond to a creative process. When projects are completed and they meet expectations, they are very satisfying. Surely the collection “Second Skin” is very important for me. This is the one that has definitely made me known and has allowed the rest of my work to be known as well

List of your clients? Everyone interested in photography or art in general is my potential client. My photographs are made for all those who want to acquire them. My clients are those who want one of my photos to occupy a space in their life, at home. This moves me. After many years combining my creative activity with my professional activity I have decided to devote all my time to artistic photography. They are already several years making photographs only for galleries and collectors, and few the works related to the publicity.

My clients and buyers are the ones who continue to allow this to be with their confidence in my work.

Who are the photographer’s you admire the most? Is rare. I almost always work in color, if not always, and the photographers I really like and admire his work is black and white. Besides, almost everyone I admire has made a style of photography that I do not do. Every day I see something that I like, but in the end I always come to mind the same.
Above all is the late Humberto Rivas. He was the one who changed my thinking about photography. When I got to know his work, I no longer wanted to paint with photos, I wanted to try to photograph with the elegance and subtlety of Humberto. A great teacher. I went to some workshops on photography in 1999 because he gave the course. A great experience to meet you in person and to let you talk about your work.

From him I learned (from his words), that in photography you are not free and you can develop your creativity, until you master the technique to one hundred percent. That is when you can approach the work with guarantees, and that factor that sometimes gives in your favor photography, which is chance, I do not care. That I want to have everything controlled.
I love Alberto García Alix photos. It also works in black and white. Although his photography is completely antagonistic to the way I work, I love it. He is very easy to tell stories with a single image and his photographs give off a very great communicative force.
The photographer Oleg Duryagin, Russian photographer, better known as Dou, impresses me. I can spend hours looking at one of their porcelain faces. It’s incredible, fantastic and admirable.
Their cold, hieratic faces concentrate all their force on the look. More than photographs, they look like marble sculptures. Today is the photographer that impresses me the most.

What about architects and designers? They are two professions closely related to photography. On numerous occasions I have done joint work both for projects related to architecture and for advertising projects in which the work of the designer is essential. Architecture is one of my passions and architecture photography is one of my favorites. I find it very demanding and satisfying at the same time. My wife is an architect and shares her studio with her sister who is an architect as well. So it’s a profession that I have a lot of relationship with. It is more than a working relationship. Architecture is an affective relationship as well. The two, Leticia my wife and Susana are part of my creative team and are in charge of the stylings in my photographs.
Together we agreed the clothes that will be seen in my photographs, they are careful that everything is perfect before the final shot.
When everything is agreed, decided and ready for the final photo, Leticia observes that everything is perfect in the shoot while Susana poses for photography.
This great team that we form is essential to obtain a desired end result. His great work gives me the freedom to focus on the more technical aspects of photography such as lighting knowing that everything else will be perfect.
So I can say that they are much more than my team. They are my muses, my companions, my friends, my family.

What are your next projects?My last collection is very recent and unfinished.I know that my collections are very long, long and repetitive in concept and idea. That’s what the body asks me for.My head will not let me turn the page until the preconceived photos come to life. I still have some that I need to get them out. In my head they accumulate and I do not rest until I see them realized. I have many ideas and I want these to be transformed into projects and these into jobs.

Now I have to finish what I started and make decisions about my next job. I love where I’ve been taking the picture. Every day I am more surreal and all my ideas revolve around this concept. Soon it will be shared. I hope so.

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