GET TO KNOW ME: RAFA PRADO

Value. It is something I deeply consider in my film photography. Why am I shooting this picture? Is it going to rest in a hard drive or binder forever? Is it going to be shared on Instagram? Is it going to be hung on a wall? Is it going to be printed and sent to friend as a souvenir from a trip? In my opinion, often time a photo cannot serve all these goals. All of these means play a big roll in the perceived value of the photography by your audience. Sharing the 80 images you took of a trip in your group conversation is not the same as sending prints of selected photos in an envelope to your friends. 

But enough with the value! Who am I? I am an engineering student living in Paris who discovered photography just five years ago, so don’t pay too much attention to what I say. Ever since then, I have invested (or wasted, who cares?) a lot of time and money into this passion. I’ve started many projects that you can check in my website (shameless plug, I know) and I have given my family and friends a hard time during countless trips. 

According to an online personality test I recently took for an internship offer: I am a highly impulsive person. This clearly irritated me since, as an engineer, I am supposed to base my choices in information, not impulses. But then I realized that I had just paid 300€ to print 50 copies of a zine I didn’t even know how I was going to sell.

That same test also said that I tend to think outside the box, although I find saying this of myself to be arrogant. I am also a long term oriented person, and that might be the reason why I have never made a single penny with my photography (yet!).

Why film? Quick answer: Value. It has made me think more in the entire process, from shooting to sharing. Shortly after getting into film I discovered the world of zines, and finally this year I made my first one. I find them to be a great format to share pictures about a common story or theme. 

So, as previously said, my latest piece of work has been the “One Week” zine. The goal was to evade the monotony of a normal week. The photos were taken from one Monday to the next in two rolls of 35mm film. You will find landscapes, self-portraits, street photography around the Louvre, me biking to the photo lab in the very crowded boulevard Saint Germain, diners with friends…The only common theme is the time frame.

I have more projects in my mind currently that I would like to start working on (mainly zine ideas) once I will stop thinking on how to get rid of my “One Week” zine copies.