Based in Zurich, Jorge Romero is a Colombian-American photographer with a social good flare and multitasking skills. Alongside his photography project, he also runs a web design company and is nurturing many other projects that will take the best of many years to come. We are happy to feature yet another active Horyou personality in our blog!
1. How and when did you become a photographer?
I have creativity in my blood. It started with music while I was growing up, until I realized it’s a crapshoot job. I then Studied Information Systems and got into the corporate world. This is when I started looking for some type of inspiration. I looked to photography. I knew I wanted to create something of my own and, at the same time, stand on my feet doing it. And here I am, self taught in the art of photography over 12 years – and working as a professional photographer for the last 5 years. I now have a startup web design company focusing on small companies and individuals, with photography as one of my services.
2. What does photography mean to you?
Photography to me is the art of observing. This means seeing something before it actually happens. Creating something and envisioning it before taking the photograph. Patience is key.
3. What are your inspiration sources?
My inspiration comes from multiple areas. Traveling, reading peoples stories in life, listening to inspiring speakers, movies, musicians, dancers, nature, and analyzing other photographers’ techniques. Anything that has a creativity element is my inspiration. I harness that when I am behind the camera.
4. You create poetic images that give a sense of hope, continuity and optimism. Why did you decide to take this approach?
It’s simple: we need it. It feels good to me and I hope to reciprocate that feeling.
5. What would you like to achieve as a photographer?
I want to continue inspiring others with my view of life through my lens and I hope to make a difference in people’s lives. I want to educate people on the importance of good photography that has meaning and bring back the quality of a photo that has substance. In our time, we have lost it thanks to the digital camera.
6. Do you plan for the images you want to capture beforehand or do you work with an open mind?
I always work with an open mind but sometimes I do not have that luxury when working for some of my clients. For the most part, I make a note on the photos I need for a job or project with open eyes more than open mind. If there is an emotional link with what I observe, then it might be something worth taking a picture of.
7. Do you have a project for 2017 that you would like to share with our community?
A few personal projects. One dealing with a photo series called “Beyond the Frame”. The other is studio work. Working with objects and water on a small scale. The third is a travel series which would probably be towards the end of next year or 2018. In addition, I would like to increase my collaboration with Horyou and its affiliates as regards to the importance of what people are doing around the world. People outside the community need to see and hear more about it.
8. Horyou’s tagline is dream, inspire and act. What do these words mean to you?
That is a very interesting question because my own tagline is Observe, Create, Inspire. I would tie “dream” with “observe” which to me equates with observing and dreaming about what I think would be a great shot before acting on it. “Act” and “create” go hand in hand. Without it, you end up with nothing to show for your efforts. “Inspire” is what it is all about. What is the point of dream, observe, act, and create if you cannot inspire others with your vision, creativity, and aspirations for doing good. This is what we need more than ever.
Written by Vívian Soares
Jorge Romero’s portfolio: JorgeRomeroPhotography.com
Web Design business: JRPhotoDesign.ch