April 2017 Member Spotlight: Luis Cartaxo

In the member spotlight this month, I’m delighted to introduce you to Luis Cartaxo, the photographer behind the colourful bike shot which won the April 2017 ‘Colourful’ Photo Contest!

One of the things that I love most about Oxford Photo Walk is that it’s a great way to meet new people. And as Oxford is such an international and multicultural hotspot, I’m delighted that our group attracts people from all over the world!

In this short interview, I’m delighted to introduce you to Luis. Read on to find out about his photography journey – from his early days messing around with disposable cameras, to capturing the sites in Rio de Janeiro and Paris!

Meet Luis

Where are you from and how long have you been living in Oxford?

I’m from sunny Portugal. I moved to the UK in 2011 and I’ve been living in Oxford for 4 years now.

What’s your story? How did you get into photography?

Since my early teens, I’ve always enjoyed taking photos. Whenever on holiday or just out for a walk, a disposable or a very cheap film camera was never too far away. As soon as the digital ones appeared I got one, and finally in 2009 I got my first DSLR, a second-hand Nikon D50. Last year I bought a Nikon D5300.

Taking photos for me is all about making memories.

What is your favourite subject to photograph?

I can’t really say, apart from portraits, maybe because I don’t enjoy having my picture taken. All subjects are good, but I tend to take more nature photos than anything else.

What do you think is key to taking a good photo?

Patience, perseverance, a good eye and a bit of luck…

Sometimes for a photo you need to wait, and wait, until all the conditions are right. Then when you’re about to press the shutter someone or something spoils the moment, and you start all over again, and wait, and wait for the perfect picture!

Keep trying, keep shooting, and keep an eye on your surroundings. It’s all in the smallest details.

Where do you find your photography inspiration? What motivates you?

I find my inspiration in beauty, may it be a stunning sunset or a drop-dead gorgeous landscape, a flower, or even a plain boring rock, I try to capture its beauty on film.

Photography is a hobby, and it helps me to relax, unwind and makes me feel calmer.

Where in the world would you most like to photograph and why?

I think in today’s world there isn’t a single place that hasn’t been photographed yet. But if that place exists, it must be deep inside the Amazonian jungle in Brazil, and I would love to take the first photo.

What is your experience of Oxford Photo Walk?

I love meeting people who share a common interest. I’ve been going on photo walks since 2009, and Oxford Photo Walk has been by far the most interesting one. I’ve met some really nice and interesting people, and shared a lot of photos. Keep up the good work!

Thank you

I’d like to thank Luis for sharing his story and a few of his favourite photographs with us. Are you as patient as Luis? How long have you waited for that perfect shot?

Like what you see?

Then you can see more of Luis’s work on the following platforms:

If you have any questions or comments for Luis, please feel free to leave a comment below, send us an email, or ask him in person at the next photo walk! 🙂

All the best,

Lorna

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