- Since winning The Freelancer Award last year, are you working on any new projects?
Since I won the Award last year I’ve been focusing on a long-term documentary about the agribusiness realities in the Southern Cone. I’m now on my second visit to Paraguay, and in the near future I’d like to expand it with visits to Brazil and Argentina.
Alongside this I’m very happy to say I’ve just published my first book, “Los Menonos” with independent house Editions du LIC, focusing on the work I did about the Mennonite communities in Bolivia a couple of years ago.
- What inspired you to do documentary based photography?
What inspired me were the pictures of the great classic reportage photographers such as Koudelka or David Alan Harvey. I always felt it would be great to be able to travel to all those places and photograph them and be paid for that. So that idea got in my head and I felt documentary photography could merge very well my social motivations with my desire to travel. Then as usual reality is quite different from the initial idea, but I still get to travel quite a lot and I’m happy I can focus on the stories I feel more attracted to.
- What is your starting point for each themed documentary?
Well for me it’s not easy to find a new story to focus on, it has to attract me in order to devote 100% to it, it has to be interesting enough and attractive for a broad audience. Often I tend to focus on areas I already know or have been to, so that I get a first-hand impression about them there after I may look for stories there. Alternatively if I feel attracted by a certain topic I may research about it and look for a story wherever it may be. I’d like to work around the idea of globalization and how it affects everyday lives of small communities.
- What are your top three tips for self-promotion as a freelancer?
The first and most important is to do good work that speaks for itself. Then surround yourself with talented and motivated people as their advice and experience will be of great help. Ultimately use social networks wisely and existing online blogs or posts to promote your work.
- With your success in winning the Freelance Award, what would you advise aspiring entrants in the future?
Well I guess the only way to win the Freelancer Award is to be a working freelancer, do good work that stands out and then work on getting it out. It’s difficult but sometimes you just have to trust your own work and be open to what may come after it.