Leonardo Manjarrez is a 30-year-old professional graphic designer and photographer from Mexico, a country with a rich culinary scene.
Leonardo’s passion for photography was born from a variety of circumstances in his life. He always liked photography, but it wasn’t until college that he had his first artistic contact with an art media. He enjoys walking down the streets without a destination, losing himself between the city’s stories and people, and as a good wanderer, unveils the wonders of the city. Before capturing a picture, Leonardo likes to make a connection with the people in it. For him that’s the biggest learning experience.
Five Questions to Leonardo Manjarrez
How would you describe your photography to someone who has never seen it?
As close as it can be to reality, without an opinion or criticism. A history book where the main character is the people.
What makes a great photograph?
It is a very subjective concept. Each component of the picture has its own language and beauty. For me, being able to capture people’s everyday lives is my biggest challenge and accomplishment. Things and moments that are commonly unnoticed that have their own life and beauty.
What’s your main source of inspiration when you’re behind the camera?
It may sound like a cliché or something too romantic but my inspiration comes from those daily little details that life hands you.
How is the photography industry changing in the digital era?
Nowadays almost everyone has immediate access to a camera, professional or mobile phone integrated, that allows them to capture more moments. We should be able to adapt to new ways and stages of photography. It would be a huge mistake to think that a person whose work is based on analogue photography knows more than a photographer that uses his mobile phone camera. The main purpose of photography is to capture a moment to last forever.
Have you heard of Blockchain and if so, what are your views on it?
I have, but I still need to dive a little deeper. I am fascinated with the idea of untraditional tools, learn differently, understand each process and, foremost, not having an intermediary.