I first came across Igor’s work via Instagram (sometimes there are actually suggested posts in my feed that don’t include pugs and this was one of them!). I was immediately struck by the quality of his photos and after reading on I found out he only shoots film which in this day and age is kind of amazing. There is a clear aesthetic to his work, it’s raw but also polished, in particular I adore his use of natural light. Igor often directs his own editorials and you can really see he has such an eye for styling, models, and creating an overall mood. I also love his penchant for Brutalist and modern architecture. Infact I think the first photo I saw of his was from a shoot he did at Bernat Klein’s house in Selkirk which I’ve blogged about before.
I was so excited and honoured to work with him on a little editorial we shot on a rather cold day last November. I’ll be releasing the photos ,on the blog, soon but in the meantime I managed to catch up with Igor for a little interview and insight into his life as a photographer.
Below : The House – REVS Magazine Selkirk, Scotland, August 2015. Editorial for REVS Magazine Styling: Alexandra Fiddes. Model: Lauren Marshall @ Colours. Makeup & Hair: Caroline McKeirnan. Photography Assistant: Rebecca Elizabeth Tate
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a Spanish photographer working between Scotland and London. I’m also the co-founder and creative director of Future Positive, an online platform showcasing inspiring stories behind creative businesses across the world, and Future Positive Studio, a small studio specialising in the creation of visual content for digital marketing.
Where is home?
Edinburgh and Ponferrada, my hometown in Spain.
How did you discover photography?
I started taking photos when I was studying my bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering. I guess I wanted to do something more creative that could help me balance the technical side of my degree.
What inspires you and your work?
I get inspired by many things in my everyday life, from nice sunlight on the street to new music I listen to online. Inspiration can come from almost everything, to be honest.
Describe a typical work week?
There isn’t really a typical work week for me. Sometimes I might have one or two shoots in one week but others I’m more focused on my role of creative director. Every week is quite different, that’s why I decided to quit my office job over a year ago.
What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Mexican food, at least once a week…
Thumbsucker by Mike Mills and any film by Gregg Araki.
Albums you’re currently listening to?
I’m just listening to Rip it Up by Orange Juice while I’m answering these questions.
Can you tell us what you are working on at the moment?
I just finished some crazy weeks of shoots so I’m currently focusing on getting in touch with editors and showing my work, instead of actually working on a project. I need some time to think about what I want to do next.
Best piece of advice you can give aspiring photographers?
Take as many photos as you can, that’s the only way to improve. Take your camera with you everywhere and wait for that ‘perfect moment’.
What type of cameras do you shoot with?
I shoot all my fashion and portrait work with film cameras. I started using film around 8 years ago and now it’s my preferred medium. I currently use a medium format and a 35mm camera, depending on the assignment.
Favourite hour of the day?
Sunrise, I’m a morning person.
Favourite place in Scotland?
Any remote place in the Highlands.
Favourite place in Spain?
One of the many hidden beaches in the northern coast of the country.
Thank you Igor, loved working with you!