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Tell us something about yourself
My name is Iria Castro and I am creative and fashionable photographer in Madrid, Spain. I am passionate about creating emotions, shocking images make the viewer think, to create and remove something inside them, that's my main goal.
How and when did you get into photography?
I got into photography with sixteen years old. I was intrigued as to capture an image and turn it into a memory forever, and to relive that moment when I wanted I was fascinated by capturing the emotions, landscapes, how it made me feel with simple colors, and then I started to create.
What does photography mean to you?
It’s a scape from reality. And its reality from the scape. It’s complicated to me. Photography for me it’s a tool of communication. Everything that I am not able to externalize, the picture does it for me, and through a picture is easier to express those inner feelings and emotions I have inside of me. When I’m focus is when I have a camera in my hands, that's when I feel myself again
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
The style of my photography could be typecast in fantasy. But it goes further. Not only contrasting colors and a magical halo. They means trapped emotions, dreams to fulfill, parallel realities , and dramatic views. Each photograph tells a story, and you have to stop and listen
Where do you get inspiration from?
I found my inspiration in nature. Above ground, inside the trees, the roots, the air ... My environment make me think, emotions invade me and I just flows.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Sometimes it is premeditated, but sometimes, it just flows. It depends on the environment that we build the team, the attitude of everyone that day. Many times I have in mind the goal of the session that always do sketches for weeks while I program, but the moment of truth, everything just flows.
Studio, on location or both?
I always prefer location, because although it is more complicated, while you have more factors that integrate and to play with. I love dipping my models in a natural environment, make them part of nature and they love it.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I am passionate about my work. It is my job and professional, but I don’t consider hard as it is what makes me happy.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
They all have something special. I prepare to detail the sessions and put them especial affection so that everyone is comfortable. I remember in one of my projects with Candela Rodiles while I was photographing a bird pooped on my head, just grazed me, but I felt it. It was very funny, in that session also missed a bra. The draft Red Riding Hood with Andrea Herrero, people kept telling her while is walking “Where is the wolf? And children saw her fascinated
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
I am fascinated by many photographers and many artists in general. Everyone has something to contribute. But I could say that my favorites are ,"Rosie hardy", "Alexandra Sophie”, “Mystic Moments", "Brooke Shaden" , “Rebeca Saray ", "A.M. Lorek", "Laura Zalenga", "Cristina Otero" and "Lidia Vives"
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
I don’t consider that the type of camera does the photographer, but if it is true that I have always used Canon, I prefer the color palette that they have.
As for the lens, I'm totally in love with fixed focus. My favorite is the fixed 50 mm and 35 mm, but I also love a good 300mm.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Take your time and do a good works portfolio, also put lots of love your work.
What do you think of our new magazine?
I think it's a good way to present artists from all over the world and to reach more people, and more intimately
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